With the growing demands in the additive manufacturing industry, companies are looking to balance high-volume production with speed and customisability all in one package. The purpose of such an endeavour has been to upend traditional manufacturing. Raise3D’s most recent offering is looking to do just this. Their Pro2 and Pro2 Plus aim to put flexible manufacturing on the map.
Set for release this month, Raise3D will be shipping out the first batch starting on the 25th. Both are FFF printers with dual and single extrusion capabilities and a pretty high build volume. The Pro2 is selling for $3,499.00 and the Pro2 Plus for $ 5,999.00. Prices in Europe may vary from region to region.
The build volumes for both depend on whether they are currently using single or dual extrusion. The Pro2 has build volume of 12×12×11.8 inch / 305×305×300 mm on single mode and 11×12×11.8 inch / 280×305×300 mm on dual. Similarly, the Pro2 Plus has a volume 12×12×23.8 inch / 305×305×605 mm (single) and 11×12×23.8 inch / 280×305×605 mm (dual), adding extra height.
Both machines have a bunch of novel features such as second generation power-loss resuming and a minimum layer height of 0.01 mm along with interchangeable nozzles. The Pro2 and Pro2 plus are leaning into the series’ ability to be an easy-to-use device. The company has touted the machine as easy to learn, easy to maintain, easy to upgrade and easy to scale-up.
Hot off the heels of their N2 3D Printer, the company is looking to push the boundaries once again. The N2 became one of the best 3D printers on the market in 2018 and the Pro2 series looks to be matching that same level of detail. The Pro2 series takes a lot of the greatest features of the N2 series and improves on some, such as the hot-end and nozzles.
Flexible Manufacturing systems allow the creation of affordable (from 50K USD) manufacturing capacity, that can be efficient for batch sizes from 1 till a few thousands, easy to learn, easy to maintain, easy to upgrade and easy to scale-up. Raise3D are looking to turn Flexible Manufacturing into a household concept. They believe it to be the real way forward for additive manufacturing.
The idea behind flexible manufacturing isn’t just to rival the abilities of traditional manufacturing but also to improve on the specialties of additive manufacturing. This would entail the improvement of materials, colours and customisation options. It also means highlighting the parallel production of parts using different materials and batch sizes.
The Pro2 series is reflective of a lot of these goals. It inhabits a mindset that covers a wide swathe of production needs for both Industrial and prosumer levels. In terms of materials it can work with:
- PLA & ABS
- Glass Fiber Enforced/ Carbon Fiber Enforced Metal/ Particles Filled/ Wood Filled.
The extrusion system also helps in multi-material capabilities and high-speed production. It’s object switch-over is state of the art and can switch extruders in less than a second.
Raise3D are looking to move past the boundaries that once constrained 3D printing and devices like the Pro2 can certainly edge the industry towards it’s rapidly approaching future in industrial production.