Diabase Engineering has now unveiled its plans to release their new H-series hybrid 3D printer. Why is the company calling the printer a hybrid? The printer employs both additive and subtractive manufacturing with the aid of a CNC machining capability. In fact, the process uses both as a key feature. On top of that, the printer is also capable of multi-material processing and milling.
The printer operates with a few successive steps in its manufacturing method. It uses both filaments and sheet stock (round or rectangular). At the start, it uses a slug or sheet that it subtracts from, then adds more 3D printable parts on top. It subtracts again for a smoother finish and then adds as necessary in a loop till the print is complete. The process lends itself to a smoother, more predictable workflow overall. It can also work with 5 materials simultaneously, processing all types of filaments up to 300 °C.
The printer is a novel concept with a lot going for it. It has a 5-axis system with air-cooled spindles, enabling advanced subtractive toolpaths. Users can also add additional subsystems for process environment control, scanning and measurement, nozzle cleaning and much more. Additionally, it also boasts the ability to incorporate five flexion extruders (one of Diabase Engineering’s flagship products), linear and rotary scanning, a heated filament cabinet and a build enclosure.
Despite being a desktop machine, Diabase Engineering state that it is fully capable of short run production and it is 100% compatible with standard print softwares, so no additional headaches. The company believes its great for both workshops and prosumers. It’s another example of how 3D printing processes are now moving towards more end-use manufacturing-oriented designs.
The printer will be available soon for, as the company puts it, under $5,000. That’s not a bad price considering that it’s a rare concept with a very advanced method.
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