Asiga Launches World’s First 3D Pico Printer

Asiga announced the release of the world’s first low-cost high-resolution 3D printer. The printer, named the Pico, is tiny, having a 22cm footprint and weighing only 10kg. However, under the hood is a novel print engine based on Asiga’s proprietary “sliding separation” technology. The system has two build modes: 37.5 microns and 50 microns XY resolution; and the Z layer thickness is user selectable between 1 micron and 200 microns in 1 micron increments. The Pico is targeted at high-resolution digital manufacturing applications including the fabrication of dental models, crown and bridge casting patterns, jewelry, and hearing-aid shells.

Priced at US$6990, the Pico meets or exceeds the resolution of larger systems having ten-times the price.

The Pico is the first 3D printer to incorporate an ultraviolet 385nm LED light source with up to 50,000 hours life time. The ultraviolet light source allows the Pico to print in pure white and water-clear materials. As the light source never needs replacing, it offers consistent performance from print to print and reduces the cost of ownership, as the only consumables are the fabrication materials.

Asiga’s CTO Dr Ray Ericsson says the Pico is going to revolutionize many industries, particularly small businesses doing bespoke manufacturing. “There are many industries, including dental, hearing and jewelry, where the CAD design software is mature. The missing link that has prevented small businesses from fully engaging with these productivity enhancing tools is the high cost of tooling-grade resolution 3D printers.  The Pico makes tooling-grade digital manufacturing affordable for everyone. This will result in significant productivity gains in may industries.”

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