Lumi Industires is an Italian company that is known for producing 3D printers that defy generally prevailing standards. It is known, among others, from the model of photopolymer 3D printer, in which the resin bonding light is generated by a tablet or phone. Now the company has introduced its latest 3D printer – PicoFAB.
This time, the manufacturer have focused on the unusual dimensions of the 3D printer working area – PicoFAB is able to print an element with maximum dimensions of 24 x 24 x 50 mm! And although it seems that the device is only a curiosity on the market of available 3D printers, it can find a number of applications in specialized industries.
The device is ideal for the unitary production of small-sized components or detailed prototypes for the needs of applications where precision of manufacture is a priority (e.g. in the dental or jewelry industry). The 3D printer allows you to print four tooth crowns or small bridges, which allows you to make very precise elements without the need for professional production systems in additive technology.
In addition, the device allows 3D printing of jewelry prototypes, precision mechanical elements or other miniature parts with complex geometry. It is also a device suitable for specialists who need to test new, expensive resins and do not want to use their excessive amount of material. Making a 3D print on a PicoFAB device requires only 15-20 ml of light-cured resin.
The device cures the material with light with a wavelength of 405 nm, making it compatible with a number of commercially available resins (including ceramic). The curing time for one layer with a thickness of 50 μm is about three seconds.
The advantage of the device is also its price. The manufacturer has declared that its latest device will be sold at a price not higher than $150. It is true that work on the external design of the device is still ongoing (including air filters and filters protecting the resins against UV radiation), but the campaign of the device on Kickstarter will start soon.
As part of the campaign, users will be able to buy a ready-made device or a self-assembly kit at an even lower price. As part of the campaign, the manufacturer will also introduce two peripherals:
- PicoCLEAN – a device for post-processing 3D prints from excess unhardened resin, which allows for precise, two-step cleaning of 3D models,
- PicoCURE – UV curing system equipped with a rotating base, which gives the possibility of even exposure of the element. It also has a system that controls exposure time.
Users who decide to support the campaign on Kickstarter, which, according to the manufacturer’s assurances, will start soon, will be able to compose their own set of devices and choose which version of the device will suit them.