When HARP technology was first introduced, many additive technology enthusiasts doubted whether it could work. The method was to ensure the production of large-size details from light-curing resins in a surprisingly short time. And all with the highest quality of workmanship.
The creators, saying that their 3D printer is able to create models almost half a meter high in an hour (!), Stunned many users. As it turns out, soon you will be able to check for yourself whether these promises are fulfilled in reality. Azul 3D, as previously announced, has presented a plan to commercialize HARP technology and introduce the device to the market. The first devices in the beta version will be available to selected users in the first quarter of next year. The launch of regular sales has been announced at the end of 2021.
HARP technology is an abbreviation of the name High-Area Rapid Printing and, as the creators assure, the technology is able to create a 3D printout as high as an adult human, thanks to which the method has a chance to be used in the creation of prototypes and construction parts, including for the automotive industry. Azul 3D emphasizes that their technology ensures a particularly high throughput, combining production speed with a large working space.
A few months ago, Azul 3D received funding of $ 5.4 million. In total, they managed to raise a total of over $ 8 million for further development. The start-up became famous also in the world of science – Jennifer Lewis, professor at the Wyss Institute, Harvard University joined their team. The professor is a respected authority in the field of materials engineering, with particular emphasis on additive technologies.
As part of the tests, the creators of the method managed to optimize it for 3D printing, among others made of flexible materials. What the creators emphasize is the fact that their devices allow for the quick production of large elements without compromising their quality. As a result, 3D prints can be used in many industries, including aviation, automotive, dentistry, medicine, the fashion industry and more.