AIM3D, a manufacturer of multi-material 3D printers, has developed a powerful 3D printer for the CEM (composite extrusion modelling) process. The ExAM 510 boasts a larger build area, higher precision and faster build rates. The ExAM 510 printer is a multi-material printer for additive manufacturing that can print up to three different materials in parallel. The printer is a performance-enhanced version of the previous ExAM 255, both of which will be part of the Rostock company’s product range in the future. The new model will be on show as a prototype at Formnext 2021. After a beta phase with pilot processors, the ExAM 510 is planned to be ready for series production in time for Formnext 2022, according to the manufacturer.
The ExAM 510 printer can process up to three materials. This allows for two building materials and a support material. The extended build platform of 510 x 510 x 400 mm enables a multitude of applications. The build area can be heated up to 200ºC in order to reduce stresses in the component and to process high-performance materials. It also features a considerably increased build rate, depending on the material, of up to 250 cm³/h (when using a 0.4 mm nozzle).
The ExAM 510 uses the patented AIM3D extruder technology. This extruder class enables an output up to 10 times higher than standard filament extruders. The use of linear motors and a stable mineral cast bed makes precise operation possible at high speeds.
The use of a range of materials is the particular appeal of the ExAM 510. AIM3D equips the machine with a heated process chamber for high-temperature plastics. This enables the processing of plastics such as PEEK, PEI, PSU, PPS, with and without fibre filling. A user can, for example, process PEEK, either unfilled or filled with fibre material, directly in pellet form in additive manufacturing. According to the manufacturer, a material can be tested in 1 to 2 working days and established for production in 5 to 10 working days.