Zortrax Inkspire Fast and Precise Resin UV LCD Desktop 3D Printer
Zortrax Inkspire Main Features
UV LCD is up to 8x faster than SLA.
UV LCD is up to 9x more precise than SLA.
The speed of operation is 20-36 mm/h.
The XY resolution is 50x50 microns.
The minimal layer height is 25 microns.
Capable of serial production.
External 405 nm resins are supported.
External slicing software is supported.
.zcodex and .cw file formats are supported.
Workspace measures 74x132x175 mm.
Has Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity.
Has an intuitive touch interface.
Instrument of Precision
The UV LCD technology in Zortrax Inkspire relies on a high-resolution LCD screen with UV LED backlighting to solidify photopolymers layer by layer. With 50x50 microns XY resolution and 25 microns minimal layer height it is up to 9x more precise than leading SLA 3D printers. Because the entire layer is projected onto the photopolymer’s surface all at once, it is also up to 8x faster. Microscopic precision makes Zortrax Inkspire perfect for engineers, designers, jewelers or dental prosthetists. Due to the high speed of operation, the printer can work as a basic production unit in 3D printing farms offering low to medium scale manufacturing capabilities.
Meet the UV LCD Technology
Resin 3D printers typically work in either SLA (stereolithography) or DLP (digital light processing) technology. In SLA, the precision is constant, but the speed of operation is in inverse proportion to the amount of workspace taken by the model. It is so because an entire layer has to be drawn with a laser. In DLP, the speed of operation is constant, but the precision falls as the amount of used workspace increases. Because they are designed around digital projectors, popular DLP 3D printers can work with a relatively small pixel size provided the projected layer’s image is limited to a small part of their available workspaces. But when the projected image is enlarged to fill all of the workspace, pixels grow dramatically to 70 microns or larger. Zortrax UV LCD offers constant high speed and constant high XY resolution regardless of how much of the workspace is used.
In Zortrax UV LCD technology, UV light is processed in three distinct stages. First, it hits a polarizing film arranged along a horizontal axis. Only a part of the spectrum vibrating horizontally gets through. Such horizontally polarized light then goes into an array of liquid crystals. Each crystal can let it pass unchanged or rotate it 90 degrees. In the last stage, the light hits another polarizing film, this time arranged vertically. If a liquid crystal between those two films does not rotate the light, the pixel is off because the horizontally polarized light can’t get through the vertically polarized film. But if the light is rotated, it can pass through both films and the pixel is on.
Comparison of Resin 3D Printing Technologies
Zortrax Inkspire maintains constant high speed of operation and accuracy regardless of how much of the workspace is used. Working with relatively small models like HDMI cover caps, one Zortrax Inkspire can 3D print 77 of them in 1h 30min.
30 printers working together in a 3D printing farm can offer an approximate monthly output of 360,000 to over 500,000 parts, depending on how many shifts per day are scheduled. This is how Zortrax Inkspire can take a business way into medium or even high scale production territory.
Z-SUITE is a dedicated slicing and 3D printing farm management software that comes free with every Zortrax 3D printer. Now it has a number of additional functionalities to make working with Zortrax Inkspire an effortless experience. It calculates how much resin is needed to print each layer of the model and allows to schedule a pause precisely when a refill is necessary. Times of exposure to UV light for the model and support structures can be set independently to make the support structures harder and therefore easier to remove. Z-SUITE can also remotely pause, resume, and monitor the progress of prints on each Zortrax Inkspire connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Zortrax Inkspire works with a dedicated Zortrax Resin Basic, a photopolymer designed to guarantee the impeccable accuracy of details and great mechanical properties of prints at the same time. External resins compatible with Zortrax Inkspire include special purpose photopolymers made for applications in dental prosthetics or jewelry design among others. All resins cured by light with 405 nm wavelength are supported.
Resin 3D printing is a technology perfect for professionals working in fields where very small yet incredibly detailed models are needed. The precision and speed of Zortrax Inkspire makes it a game-changing tool for dentists, jewelers, and watch designers among others.
Zortrax Ultrasonic Cleaner
Zortrax Ultrasonic Cleaner is a device that automatically cleans models using high frequency sound waves propagated in a cleaning liquid.
Attention to detail
Zortrax Inkspire has been designed to 3D print highly detailed models. It builds models out of tiny cuboids, measuring 50x50x25 microns. Because of these microscopic dimensions, Zortrax Inkspire can be up to 9x more precise than the circular brush of leading SLA 3D printers, especially when printing rectangular shapes. Check Inkspire's precision in comparison to leading SLA 3D printer below.
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