The ability to design, test and manufacture larger parts using robust and reliable 3D printing/additive manufacturing systems that are fully accessible in terms of capital expenditure and integration into existing workflows is highly desirable, according to Felix market research. The new Felix Pro L and Pro XL additive manufacturing systems have been designed to perform at scale, and both have been constructed to ensure reliable output for much larger parts. These are manufacturing tools for every stage of the product development and manufacturing workflow with an optimal price/performance ratio.
The Felix Pro L and XL 3D printers have been developed with greatly increased build volumes, up to 144 Litres (the Pro L can build parts up to 300 x 400 x 400 mm or 11.8” x 15.75” x 15.75”; while the Pro XL has a build chamber of 600 x 400 x 600 mm or 23.62" x 15.75" x 23.62"). To ensure the quality and reliability upon which Felixprinters has built its reputation, both of these larger systems incorporate highly engineered print chambers, which incorporate an enclosed warm zone and a cold zone. The warm zone supports consistent temperature control during the build, which is particularly important when printing materials with a high shrinkage factor, such as ABS, carbon fibre or Nylon. In contrast, the cool zone is where the electronics are housed, to prevent overheating and subsequent machine/build failure.
With the scale up, however, both the Pro L and Pro XL have also been designed specifically to be easily portable — at installation or within a manufacturing setting. Both can be easily transported through a normal office door opening (900 mm).
The new Pro L and XL system also come with a range of other automated and intelligent features that remove many of the tedious and time-consuming hurdles often associated with additive manufacturing and speeding up the overall process. An example of this is the design of the dual nozzle. When the dual extruders are printing together they are at different print levels, avoiding any collisions and minimising print failure. If one nozzle is idle, it is automatically rotated out of the way so that there is no interference with the printed part, again avoiding damage to the print (and print failure).