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Delta WASP 2040 PRODUCTION 3D Printer Automates 3D Printing for Serial Production

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I’ve been noticing a trend recently, a trend of automating processes related to 3D printing, such as support removal and other post-processing procedures, as well as automating the fabrication process itself. Italian company WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) is getting in on this trend with the launch of its Delta WASP 2040 PRODUCTION 3D printer. It’s an automated process to meet the growing need for custom serial production, with 24-hour 3D printing of parts made out of technical materials and an automatic part removal system.

“To the strong demand of serial production, WASP offers a new approach, giving the possibility to produce small series and allowing fast and cheap product variations with the new customized serial production,” the company wrote in a press release.” Delta WASP 2040 PRODUCTION paves the way to a new concept in production mixing the capacities of additive technology, hence customization, with mass production.”

The new Delta WASP 2040 PRODUCTION features two patent-pending innovations to make this a great automated production 3D printing solution: a sliding heated build plate Vacuum System and a heated chamber with dynamic door opening, which work together to automatically remove 3D printed parts so the work never stops.

The company’s newest belt-based 3D printer offers an answer to most of the common issues with this type of technology, namely lack of adhesion, poor flatness, and too many vibrations. That answer is the innovative Vacuum System.

When the print is complete, a stainless steel belt, which can be heated up to 120°C, moves the part up to the front of the printer until it detaches from the bed. The belt is divided into a variety of “zones” with different surface textures to ensure good adhesion for multiple materials, and the pump-generating vacuum on the build plate allows it to remain stable and flat during 3D printing. Once the part is off the build plate, the pump is deactivated so the belt can move back to the starting position, where it will begin the next print.

WASP added an air heater to its new printer that can bring the temperature inside the print chamber up to 70°C, which helps in 3D printing quality parts out of technical materials like TPU, PA-CF, and ABS. What’s even more interesting is that the Delta WASP 2040 PRODUCTION features a door with dynamic opening: so as not to lose as much of the hot air from the chamber, the door only opens as much as it needs to in order to accommodate the height of the finished part moving off the build plate.

The new 3D printer features everything that the Delta WASP INDUSTRIAL X system does, including an automatic calibration system, continuous print mode, dual gear filament driver, gCode analysis, optimized firmware for WiFi remote printing, and steel cored belts. But, it also has a new function, the job queue, which helps users better manage production. With the job queue, you can choose the number of parts you want 3D printed, but you’re also to print a specific sequence of different objects as well.

The company says that because the Delta WASP 2040 PRODUCTION contributes to the digitization of other companies, it is “compatible with European funding for technological development.”

Visit the website to learn more, or to preorder the new Delta WASP 2040 PRODUCTION 3D printer.

(Sources/Images: WASP)

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