3D printer users can now be able to enjoy services offered by the new model of shiny metal objects thanks to the latest technological advancements by the manufacturing team.
It is just a couple of years ago when working at Shapeways when clients asked for a new look of their 3D printer machines from the common plastic material to something better and durable, preferably a metal that guarantees them durability.
Many of the people who were still using 3D printers in 2014 and back can confirm that their machines could not handle stainless steel or anything that came close to an alloy of sterling silver.
Although a lot has changed about 3D printing since then, no single 3D printer can create an object of the same ‘smooth’ quality as can be expected of traditional injection molding.
Things have now changed for better. Nearly three years since Bredemeyer was asked a question numerous times by clients who wanted something better; there is the reason to smile.
Collider is the name of the new startup that has been termed as what will solve clients’ and maker’s wishes.
Although in the prototype stage, Collider has been found to be safe, compact and most importantly, it is affordable. Use the in labs or offices. The new 3D printer makes metal objects, which are on par with what the injection model could produce.
While explaining how the machine works, Ricky Calderon and Bredemeyer, Collider co-founders speak with enthusiasm saying that they are happy with their innovation.
“It is now easy for users to open the software and upload whatever digital 3D design that is standard in the industry to get started. Upon uploading their preferred digital file, they can insert a cartridge material into the printer, which then churns out a mold or shell of the model,” the co-founders concur.
After the initial step is complete, it is the work of the Collider 3D printer to fill each particular mold with a blend of a liquid binder and metal powders from what is termed as ‘off the shelf’ cartridge(s).
Besides, the 3D printer can fill the mold with other materials such as polymers or even silicone. That is not all with this Collider printer.
Users can still remove a plate that is built from the machine. When removing, they must ensure that the plate should contain mold sitting on top of it.
We recommend that you dip then inside a basin or whatever reservoir filled with warm water. This way, the shells can dissolve fast.
The result would be that you will achieve cured metal, which you place inside the furnace of the Collider machine. You can then expect the metal to be sintered removing any remaining binder resins. If it were plastic, there is no need to sinter.
If the process is successful to this end, you will have your shiny metal object, sprocket, Yoda figurine or something like that.
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