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3devo Introduces Two New Series of Filament Extruders

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3devo is a young company known for its filament extruders, which include the NEXT 1.0 and the 3devo Advanced. The Dutch company also markets a plastic shredder as part of its mission to simplify the making and recycling of filament. Now 3devo has announced two new series of products, the Precision Series and Composer Series filament makers. According to 3devo, the new filament makers further simplify the material fabrication process.

“Our NEXT filament maker found numerous amounts of applications in industries ranging from education and research to manufacturing and aerospace,” 3devo says. “They brought users a variety of benefits including shorter lead times, reduced material waste, and increased control over material making. Also, they facilitated material research and customization, while introducing the precision of industrial filament making to desktop-based setups. However, we realized that our filament makers could serve these purposes even better – if they focused on specific requirements. Our new Precision and Composer Series filament makers are specialized, result-oriented machines aimed at simplifying the material making process. Each in a different way.”

The Precision Series of filament makers allows mass production of 3D printer filament at faster speed and with improved diameter accuracy. It features a high-flow extruder screw that allows filament to be produced without losing tolerances one the diameter.

The Composer Series is designed for material mixing and experimentation. Users can develop custom filament from a wide variety of polymers and additives. It features a mixing screw that delivers high-quality material mixing and compounding.

Both series have two additional models that address material-specific requirements. The Precision 350 and the Composer 350 can handle temperatures up to 350°C, meaning that they can process materials including PLA, ABS, PC, PS, PETG, TPU, TPE, PPS, PA (6,12,66) and more. The Precision 450 and the Composer 450 can – you guessed it – handle temperatures up to 450ºC, allowing them to process high-performance materials such as  PAEK family materials such as PEEK, as well as PSU, PTFE, PVDF and more.

The new filament makers have several upgrades and improvements. Each Precision and Composer model comes with an improved extruder system with a new “swappable” design. The entire extruder system, including screw, barrel, die-head, motor and heaters is designed as an independent, removable unit to simplify cleaning, repair and maintenance. Users can easily disassemble and reattach the system on their own.

In addition, the heating system has been upgraded. All Precision and Composer filament makers contain ceramic band heaters with four controllable heating zones. Each heater is handcrafted in-house. The filament makers also have hoppers with closable caps to prevent material contamination. Finally, the new filament makers each feature upgraded software that improves their thermal stability by up to 35%.

3devo has more in the works as well – the company is working on developing a web app with cloud access, which will allow for active data logging of extrusion tests.

You can learn more about the Precision and Composer filament maker series here.

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[Images: 3devo]

 

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