FuseBox Utilizes Heat and Electricity to Create Stronger 3D-Printed Objects

Published by , May 23, 2017 11:45 am

(TechCrunch) Inside the Stacker industrial 3D printer in the small gap between the print head and bed, observers will spot two small semi-circles that glow purple like a range oven on its highest setting. It’s the glow of plasma reacting with the air as the print head goes to work fusing together the plastic material as the printer builds the piece up, layer by layer. This is FuseBox, a technology aimed at addressing the issue of structural integrity that serves as one of a number of key roadblocks slowing 3D printing’s growth as a legitimate option in manufacturing.
FuseBox utilizes heat and electricity to increase the temperature of the 3D printed material before and after each level is deposited. This serves to strengthen the body of the printed product where it’s traditionally weakest during the FDM (fused deposition modeling) print – the same layer-by layer technology employed by the majority of desktop 3D printers.

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