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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:14

Fusion3 Unveils F410 3D Printer

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Fusion3 announced the availability of the company’s new F410 3D printer. The Fusion3 F410 is the successor to the company’s F400 3D printer which was introduced in 2016. The F410 builds upon the success of the F400 with further emphasis on performance, reliability, and ease of use.

"The new Fusion3 F410 delivers on our mission to provide customers with an affordable, high-performance alternative to expensive, industrial 3D printers that cost $20,000 to $100,000," says Chris Padgett, Fusion3 CEO. "The F410 prints large, quality parts at fast speeds and incorporates new technologies for even greater performance, flexibility for different print scenarios, and ease of use.”

Interchangeable print heads provide greater flexibility for a variety of customer applications: Users select one of three interchangeable print heads (.4MM standard, .6MM & .8MM optional) appropriate for the specific task. Each printhead, based on the E3D Volcano and incorporating hardened steel nozzles, prints a wide variety of engineering-grade materials at different speeds and quality settings optimized for the customer’s desired quality and production time.

Fusion3’s new 2.0 Extruder and updated 32-bit controller contribute to the F410’s exceptional print quality and near silent operation. The 2.0 Extruder’s ‘Filament Monitoring’ feature allows customers to resume prints should they run out of filament or experience a print jam. The ‘Filament Cleaning’ feature captures any dust or contamination on the surface of the filament before it enters the print system, reducing the chance of print failures due to clogging. The F410 also features a new conductive, automatic bed leveling system that ensures the correct first layer height for every print.

Fusion3 updated the F410’s touchscreen interface, providing intuitive controls for first-time users while maintaining advanced features that our professional customers require. The F410's onboard network interface allows customers to remotely manage their 3D printers through a secure, web-based interface.

Many of Fusion3's customers wish to safeguard their proprietary and sensitive 3D designs. The F410 provides increased file security, eliminating the ability of someone to walk away with files on an external SD card, by providing a second, secure, storage device embedded in the 3D printer. Users can only access the on-board storage through the F410's password-protected network interface.

Fusion3 continues to build on its open material philosophy, announcing a significant expansion of the number of materials supported by its flagship F400 3D printer. The company has certified over 35 different formulations of generic and specialty 3D filaments produced by 13 3D filament manufacturers. Tested and approved filament categories now include generic and specialty formulations of PLA, ABS, ASA, PET, PETG, PC-ABS, Nylon, Polycarbonate, Flexible (TPU/TPE), Polyester, Acrylics, and HIPS (soluble).

“Most of our customers use industrial plastics in their daily operations and tell us they will adopt 3D printing technologies more quickly when these plastics are available as printable filaments”, said Chris Padgett, Fusion3 CEO. “Fusion3 has created a rigorous filament testing and certification program for new materials with our line of affordable, high-performance 3D printers. This program ensures our customers can select quality filament manufacturers in both the US and Europe, and leverages the development of new, innovative materials, ranging from high-temperature / high strength plastics, novel flexible or metal, ceramic and organic material infused filaments.

Fusion3’s certification process is composed of 2 steps. First, the company evaluates the materials for both performance and safety. For those materials that pass those criteria, the company then creates turn-key configuration files (‘profiles’), optimized for the F400 to ensure successful results in the very first print.

“Unlike many 3D printer manufacturers, we do not sell filament to our customers,” said Chip Royce, Fusion3’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Customers have told us they don’t like being locked into high prices and a limited choice of compatible materials. Fusion3 provides our customers the ability to shop across different 3D filament manufacturers, ensuring the best quality, price and customer service.”

Each month, Fusion3 updates its list of certified materials and publishes turn-key configuration files (profiles) for each material. This month the company added three new material categories to its certification list:

ASA: A staple in industrial injection molding, ASA is now available as a 3D printing filament. ASA has excellent UV, weather, and chemical resistance and is a great choice for parts that will be outdoors or other severe conditions and need to retain their functionality.

Flexible Materials: Flexible materials are generally difficult to print. The drive system in Fusion3’s F400 3D printer is able to print most flexible materials and currently supports NinjaTek ™ SEMIFLEX, MakeShaper TPU 95A and 85A and Taulman3D PCTPE.

PETG: Specially developed for 3D printing, PETG combines good strength with high flexibility and durability. PETG is ideal for mechanical parts due to high impact resistance and durability. Many versions are approved by FDA for food contact.

These certified materials are produced by a ‘who’s who’ of leading North American and European 3D filament manufacturers including Atomic Filament, ColorFabb, E3D, Fillamentum, MakeShaper, NinjaTek, ProtoPasta, ProtoParadigm, Taulman3D, 3DXtech, 3D-Fuel, Toner Plastics, Ultimachine and Verbatim.

To participate in Fusion3’s certification program, manufacturers contact Fusion3 and request testing of currently available and pre-production materials. For pre-production materials, Fusion3 is able to provide additional value by providing feedback to fine-tune the performance of these materials and distribute configuration files to our customers, coinciding with your product launch.

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