Just weeks after launching its huge SLCOM composite 3D printing technology at RAPID, EnvisionTEC has unveiled yet another new patented technology, cDLM or Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing promising speeds of minutes versus hours for the jewellery sector.
On display for the first time at the JCK Las Vegas tradeshow today, the Micro Plus cDLM is the first 3D printer to print cast-ready models for jewellery in a matter of minutes. Visitors to JCK will be able to catch the Micro Plus cDLM printing castable models in real time using will industry standard 3D print casting material PIC 100 and also EnvisionTEC’s fastest material, QView.
“The addition of cDLM technology to EnvisionTEC’s Micro Plus 3D printer is a game changer for the jewellery industry,” said EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani, “Traditionally, 3D printing castable materials such as our PIC 100 would take hours to build. With cDLM, bridal and fashion rings can be designed, grown, and ready for investment casting the same day, which is a huge advantage for the jewellery market.”
In a similar style to the likes of Carbon and NewPro3D, this continuous light-based printing technology boasts average build speeds of 10-20 minutes per inch in Z for the machines full build envelope (45 x 28 x 75 mm), depending on the material used. The Micro Plus cDLM features the same industrial UV LED light engine found in the rest of EnvisionTEC’s Micro Plus machines and is an integrated PC with Wi-Fi, and a convenient built-in touchscreen.
“EnvisionTEC has a long history of innovation, with a focus on 3D printing parts that are made to matter,” Siblani added. “Providing real solutions to real application problems has become the hallmark of our research and development team’s efforts. Adding the speed of cDLM to our professional grade jewellery 3D printing line-up will provide our customers with unprecedented manufacturing turnaround times.”
The Micro Plus cDLM will be available August 2016.