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BENEFITS OF 3D PRINTING FOR ENGINEERS WITH THE BOLT PRO
Most engineering, prototyping and design companies currently use the benefits of 3D printing. They either own a 3D printer or use 3D printing services. Often the printed results are used for design or prototyping when using an in-house 3D printer. But the materials a professional desktop 3D printer can process are getting stronger and more resistant . As a result, our customers even print parts that are used functionally in their products.
The Leapfrog Bolt Pro is such a professional 3D printer for engineering applications. It is a truly industrial machine that can print a wide range of advanced materials. Its build strength and volume allows our customers to use it reliably day in and day out for a wide range of 3D prints for engineering. And its advanced user interface allows for seamless integration to the engineering workflow with wifi access and multi-platform compatibility.
PRINTING ADVANCED ENGINEERING MATERIALS
Typically, desktop FDM printers can mainly print with generic PLA which is a basic type of plastic that is great for rapid prototyping but not for functional components. The Leapfrog Bolt Pro is able to print with a wide variety of materials, such as ABS (strong engineering plastic), Flex (3D print flexible material allowing a wide range of moving parts), Polycarbonate (light and chemically inert), HT (high temperature resistant), PET-G (strong and UV resistant) and a soluble support.
However, there is also an improved version of PLA available in the Leapfrog webshop; Engineering PLA. Engineering PLA gives stronger and more durable results. When tensile testing an ABS print and Engineering PLA print, the Engineering PLA came out on top. This means that it is very suitable for 3D printing (easy to print) and now gives the strength you are looking for for functional parts.
And through Leapfrog’s open material policy, the engineer is able to test their own materials as well! Four key technical innovations allow such a wide range of materials to be printed: Independent Dual Extruders, High Temperature hotends, a direct drive system and a full enclosure of the built volume for a stable printing environment.
We are very happy with our clients, and several clients have been so kind to share their stories on the benefits of 3D printing for engineers. Be sure to check our site regularly for new user stories!
A 3D PRINTER FOR ENGINEERING
The Bolt Pro has several advanced hotends, which reach up to 360°C for high temperature advanced engineering materials. Or equip the stainless steel hotend for abrasive materials. Use new and experimental materials and find the right settings due to the open material filament system.
A direct drive system controls the filament feed close to the nozzle, allowing optimal control. This straight forward system is better than a Bowden set-up, especially for flexible materials and advanced filaments.
Independent Dual extruders (IDEX)
Combine two materials with the two independent dual extruders which also allow a large temperature difference. Create complex parts and find new solutions by combining different filaments.
The Bolt Pro is fully enclosed and can heat up its build volume. This provides more control on advanced materials and improves the consistency of the built parts. Any possible toxic gases from exotic materials are filtered out by the activated carbon HEPA filter.
MULTIPLATFORM USER INTERFACE
The Bolt Pro is designed with the engineering workflow in mind. It will cost valuable time if an engineer needs to spend a lot of time to attend the printer. Using wifi access, a built-in webcam and full browser access, the 3D printing workflow is easier than ever before. The user interface is Android and IOS compatible, or any other operating system with a browser. Connect and instantly access, and upload directly prints to the Bolt Pro using the wifi connection.
BUILT EXTREMELY DURABLE
The Bolt Pro is an industrial machine and is made out of 5mm sheet metal, the guiding rods for X and Y movement are 12mm solid steel. This makes the machine extremely durable, which you can feel as it weighs over 70kg. Its build area is 330x320mm. Compared to our competition - which are typically engineered using smaller and often plastic components - the Bolt Pro is a true industrial machine, built to last.