Exone end to end binder jetting service

Thermal Video Shows Heat Map of 3D Printing in Action

INTAMSYS industrial 3d printing

Share this Article

heat4When I am approached by people who are not familiar with 3D printers, the first thing they usually ask is, “How do these printers work?” I usually take a moment to pause and then try and figure out which type of 3D printers they are referring do. Is this person a corporate business executive, someone who would be more interested in the industrial level 3D printers like those manufactured by 3D systems and Stratasys? Or, perhaps they appear to be a tech-geek, potentially interested in 3D printing stuff for themselves at home. This is a determining factor in helping me decide, which 3D printing technology I should explain to them.

The thing I love about the technology behind 3D printing is that when it comes down to it, it really is quite easy to understand, grasp and explain. That’s one reason I love talking to people about additive manufacturing. The most common 3D printing technology among hobbyist and the average Joe is Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), also known as Fused Deposition Modeling – FDM (although this term is trademarked by Stratasys).

heat1

FFF/FDM works quite simply by extruding molten plastic out of a small nozzle, in a similar fashion to how a glue gun extrudes hot glue. Whereas a glue gun is controlled by an individuals hand movements, an FFF 3D printer is controlled by sophisticated computer software, thus is much more accurate, and can print with much higher resolutions. Upon the extrusion of either PLA or ABS plastic, the material is placed onto a build platform. In many cases, especially with ABS printing, the build plate is heated to aid in adhesion, improve print quality and prevent warping.

Sometimes it is difficult for newcomers to 3D printing to understand the heat aspects of the technology, but thanks to a man named Frank Kinnaman, this is no longer an issue. Kinnaman decided to take his smartphone, equip it with a Seek Thermal Camera Attachment, and record his 3D printer in action. As seen in the video below, the results are quite interesting, as well as entertaining to watch. Most importantly though, they provide for an easy way for those new to the technology to understand how the heat elements of a 3D printer work.

The video depicts Kinnaman using his FFF-based 3D printer to print out some vases. As you can see, the extruder (upper portion of the video) shows the greatest amount of heat. This is where the molten plastic is melted and extruded from. Also the upper layers of the print, which were just laid down onto the object, remain pretty hot according to the thermal images. Below the vase you will also see that the build plate is giving off a lot of heat. In this case, Kinnaman is using a heated build plate.

heat3This shows exactly how heat is involved in the entire FFF printing process. Thanks to modern technology Kinnaman was able to capture this very interesting video. The thermal camera attachment he used cost him only $200, and can be found here.

What do you think about this video made by Kinnaman? Discuss in the 3D printing thermal video forum thread on 3DPB.com.

 

Share this Article


Recent News

Markforged’s Eiger Fleet to Scale Distributed 3D Printing

AM Investment Strategies: CEOs, Analysts & Finance Experts Share Wealth of Knowledge with 3D Printing Community



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Ahead of Public Listing, New Members Join VELO3D Board

VELO3D announced the addition of three new board members ahead of its highly anticipated public listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the new ticker symbol “VLD.” The...

AM Investment Strategies: SPACs, Spats, and More in 3D Printing Finance

The AM Investment Strategies summit from Stifel and SmarTech Analysis went off without a hitch on September 9, 2021, bringing together some of the leading executives and experts from the...

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: September 12, 2021

Buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a busy week of webinars and events, both virtual and in-person! RAPID + TCT and FABTECH will both be held in-person this week...

AM Investment Strategies Profile: 3D Systems

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) CEO Jeff Graves attended the SmarTech – Stifel AM Investment Strategies 2021 summit on September 9, 2021. His leadership of 3D Systems has seen the firm...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.