Raise3D has announced the Pro3 line, the third generation of professional FDM 3D printers with enhancements aimed at optimizing single and small batch 3D printing of parts, tools, and other similar products.
The Pro3 line includes two dual-extruder 3D printers: the Pro3 with a build area of 300 x 300 x 300 mm and Pro3 Plus with a build area of 300 x 300 x 605 mm. The new systems are based on the successful second-generation line, but feature improved ease of use and efficiency, as well as industrial-level repeatability, making these 3D printers an excellent choice for one-off and small-batch additive manufacturing.
In terms of material compatibility, the Pro3 series offers a wide selecting, being able to use any polymer filament with extrusion temperature up to 300°C, including PLA, ABS, impact-resistant polystyrene, polycarbonate, thermoplastic polyurethane, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, PETG, ACA, polypropylene, polyvinyl alcohol, as well as all kinds of composites, including carbon and glass-filled, with metal and wood fillers. Users can count on high-quality results when working with both proprietary filaments and approved materials from third-party manufacturers.
The Pro3 line of 3D printers is easily integrated into production processes with an ecosystem that includes the ideaMaker slicer, the ideaMaker Library of profiles, and the RaiseCloud cloud management software.
Some of the features of the new 3D printers:
The Pro3 series of 3D printers features independent, modular dual extruders that are compatible with a wide range of materials and simplify disassembly for maintenance and component replacement with consequently reduced downtime. The new design with easily interchangeable hot-ends is ideal for users who need to switch frequently from non-abrasive to abrasive materials and back. It is also great for the situation when it’s needed to change the nozzles to a different diameter to increase productivity or, conversely, detailing. Hot-ends are attached by a convenient snap-in mechanism that does not require special tools. Each hot end is tracked by a 3D printer to account for nozzle wear.
While the second generation (Pro2) is offered with factory calibration, requiring almost no operator intervention, the Pro3 line increases ease of use and practicality with an automatic calibration system. The new functionality will serve as a useful tool in the hands of additive manufacturing-oriented users who want to implement a preventive maintenance program to ensure consistently high-quality 3D printed products. Automating the process minimizes calibration time and thereby increases overall productivity.
Air Circulation System
The rear-mounted Air Flow Manager improves heat dissipation and air circulation by maintaining a stable environment inside the cavity and cleaning the air with a HEPA filter. Temperature control inside the chamber promotes high quality and repeatable results regardless of external conditions.
EVE, the Intelligent Assistant
The Pro3 line is equipped with an assistant called EVE. This system helps users identify and solve problems that can affect 3D printing results. EVE also monitors the operation of the 3D printers and reminds users to perform maintenance. Raise3D is the first manufacturer in this segment to implement this functionality and take usability to the next level.
The list of additional innovations includes:
A flexible print plate that makes it easy to separate finished models from the work surface.
The rigidity of the Z-axis guide rails has been increased by 75% for improved stability.
A special sensor automatically pauses 3D printing when the door is open and resumes operation when the door is closed.
Improved print resume system retains the current state at the time of power outage and resumes 3D printing from the same location after power is restored.
Lightweight loop cable with digital temperature sensors.
HD camera with enhanced resolution and light sensitivity.
According to Edward Feng, Raise3D Ceo, ““In 2018, when the Pro2 Series was first launched, we were committed to “Raise the Standards”, something that was acknowledged by the market with the attribution of relevant awards to our printers. As a result of the recognition of the Pro2 Series, we started working on our mission: “To lead the promotion and implementation of Flexible Manufacturing Solutions with 3D Printing”. With the launch of the Pro3 Series, and the launch of the E2CF this year, we will confidently be “Implementing Flexible Manufacturing”.
The Pro3 line of 3D printers was launched in the fourth quarter of 2021, the devices were showcased on September 13-15 at Rapid+TCT in Chicago and November 16-19 at Formnext in Frankfurt am Main.
The new systems are tentatively priced at €4,749 for the Pro3 and €6,249 for the Pro3 Plus in the European market. In the U.S. and other countries the systems will be offered for $5,249 and $7,249 respectively. The company has no plans yet to discontinue production of the Pro2 series 3D printers, seeing them as simpler but still relevant systems for users with less demanding requirements.
For more information on Raise3D’s current offerings, visit its official website.