About micro 3D filament line
Preliminary information, (subject to changes).
The 3D filament line consists of a stainless steel water bath to cool down or to control the temperature (no voids) of the 3D print filament. Note: Polymer compositions that are difficult to dry will skip the water bath section. The filament dryer at the end of the water bath guarantees a dry filament that is necessary to be accurately checked in the laser measurement unit, where the filament diameter is monitored constantly. Further downstream the custom 3D print filament enters the transport godet where you can control the draw rate, which enables you to be flexible in your processing workflow. The inline draw speed can be controlled and monitored on the provided control box which is part of the total set up.
Finally, the 3D print filament needs to be winded onto a standardized industrial bobbin, the torque of this filament winding unit can be controlled to achieve tight winding of the filament.
The 3D print filament line is able to provide the basis to process the typical FFF polymers into an accurate filament, well within the industry norm of ø1,75 mm +/- 0,05 mm, 3D print filament with unique (own polymer matrix design) properties. When combined with our MC 15 HT or MC 40 compounder the 3D filament line should be equipped with an optional pre-feeding unit.
The water bath has enough cooling capacity, it is equipped with an inlet and outlet connector, where a chiller can be attached. The filament is dried with compressed air which can be connected at the bottom of the filament dryer.
The laser unit measures the diameter of the 3D filament and provides data to the Filament Drawing Godet. If the diameter of the filament, in the unlike case, tends to travel to the limits of its internationally accepted tolerance. For instance, when a processing anomaly happens in the MC 15 or MC 40 Compounder, as a last line of defense
The Take-up Winder unit will properly wind the newborn 3D filament onto a standardized industrial bobbin for a possible subsequent analyzing step or to be fed into a granulator for recycling steps or further compounding purposes.
The 3D FL can produce accurate filaments of FFF typical Polymer matrixes from a minimum of 500 grams of material with line speeds up to XX m/min ensuring the generation of fast R&D sample material for subsequent testing or production purposes. In case you do not need to produce a bobbin in case of feeding the 3D filament directly into a 3D printer, the winding section can be skipped of course.
The 3D FL can be easily fitted on our latest MC 15 HT and MC 40 micro compounders, of course, the 3D FL is also backwards compatible with earlier (legacy) models of MC 15 compounders, designed by Xplore.