Netherlands-based technology company 3devo anounces a new line of Filament Makers. Previewed at the TCT Show in Birmingham, the 3devo Composer and Precision series Filament Makers aim to simplify desktop-based material development and production for a variety of industry-specific applications.
3devo has already established itself as a manufacturer of accessible filament extruders and plastic recyclers. The company’s NEXT Filament Maker has been on the market since 2016, finding application in fields including education, manufacturing, polymer development, automotive design, and aerospace. 3devo has now made several upgrades to the design, hardware, software and warranty of the NEXT, with a view to expanding its capabilities and simplifying maintenance and repair. Four new Filament Makers have emerged as a result – 3devo Precision 350, 3devo Precision 450, 3devo Composer 350 and 3devo Composer 450.
The Precision Series Filament Makers are designed to facilitate mass production of high-quality 3D printing filament. They are fitted with high-flow extruder screws that can produce filaments at up to 1kg/h while minimizing diameter deviations.
The 3devo Composer Series is designed for material mixing and compounding. Fitted with a separate material mixing section and a high-performance mixing screw, these Filament Makers are ideal for research and development applications that require customized materials.
The 350 and 450 models in both series are differentiated on the basis of their temperature handling capabilities. The 350 is an entry-level model that supports temperatures of up to 350°C and processes basic plastics such as PLA, ABS and PA12. The 450 model can process professional-grade materials including PEEK, PC and PS, on account of its ability to handle temperatures up to 450°C.
To support these high temperatures without compromising filament quality, all four models have been equipped with 4-zone ceramic band heaters. This is a significant upgrade from the mica heater in the basic model of the original NEXT Filament Maker. The heating zones in both the 3devo Composer and Precision series are independently controllable, further simplifying the material making process. The software in all four machines has also been upgraded to increase their thermal stability by up to 35%
One of the biggest upgrades that 3devo has introduced in its new Filament Makers is a swappable extruder system. This removable unit, consisting of the extruder screw, barrel, die-head, motor and heater, can be detached from the rest of the machine for cleaning, maintenance and repair. The simple disassembly and assembly places more control in the hands of the user, and gives them the option of using a spare extruder system in the event of an issue with their existing device.
The new Filament Makers are priced at €4850 and up. To make them more accessible and user-friendly, 3devo is offering an additional comprehensive service and warranty plan, branded as DevoCare. User who opt for DevoCare are entitled to personalized product training, personal hotline with 3devo’s extrusion experts, priority email support and temporary replacement machines, while their Filament Makers undergo service or repair. Warranties are also extendable up to 2 years from the date of purchase.
The 3devo Composer and Precision series Filament Makers are available for purchase from the 3devo website.