DUPLEX debuts its multi-directional F2 and S2 3D printers at Formnext – technical specs and pricing


DUPLEX, an up-and-coming 3D printing expertise developer, has showcased its first set of 3D printer prototypes at Formnext 2021 – the DUPLEX F2 and DUPLEX S2.

The agency’s Multidimensional Additive Manufacturing (MAP) course of is likely one of the extra novel items of expertise we’ve seen on the commerce present, because it allows customers to 3D print objects from two totally different instructions on the similar time. In essence, MAP departs from the notion of bottom-up 3D printing and opts for a middle-out strategy as an alternative, whereby elements are bisected down the middle and every half is fabricated on one aspect of a central construct platform.

DUPLEX believes its 3D printing expertise will usher in a “new period” for additive manufacturing, providing new ranges of productiveness and, in flip, ROI. In line with the agency, MAP’s multi-directional strategy can obtain print speeds as much as 5 instances larger than standard FDM or SLA printers, whereas significantly lowering the quantity of assist materials required.

The startup has now built-in MAP into two preliminary prototypes: the FDM-based DUPLEX F2 and the SLA-based DUPLEX S2.

MAP 3D printing versus conventional 'bottom-up' 3D printing. Image via DUPLEX.
MAP 3D printing versus standard ‘bottom-up’ 3D printing. Picture through DUPLEX.

The DUPLEX F2 3D printer

The primary of the MAP methods is the F2, a large-format extrusion-based machine designed for purposeful prototyping, medical units resembling prosthetics, automotive elements, and architectural functions.

To allow multi-directional printing, the F2 homes two particular person printheads going through one another (one is on the prime of the chamber and the opposite is on the backside). The mid-section has an automatic system for controlling the central construct plate, and each printheads are capable of print on the similar time.

That includes a cylindrical construct quantity measuring 400mm (diameter) x 1000mm, the F2 comes full with a PEI-covered construct plate and an enclosed construct chamber able to heating to 80°C. With its 500°C nozzle temperature, the machine is suitable with all kinds of high-performance polymer filaments, together with PLA Professional, PETG, ASA, TPU, ABS, PA, and PC. Extra options embrace an on-board digicam for distant construct monitoring, Wi-Fi connectivity, and an auto-cooling mechanism to manage the warmth within the construct chamber.

The DUPLEX F2 is now out there to pre-order, with the primary deliveries anticipated in March 2022.

The DUPLEX F2 3D printer. Photo via DUPLEX.
The DUPLEX F2 3D printer. Photograph through DUPLEX.

The DUPLEX S2 3D printer

Very similar to the F2, the S2 operates on the corporate’s MAP course of, besides it’s SLA-based quite than FDM-based. It’s a bit of tough to visualise, however the printer has one central construct plate submerged in a single large 7kg resin vat. Two particular person mild sources (above and under the construct plate) are used to remedy layers on both aspect of the platform, printing from the center of the mannequin out to the extremities.

Designed for smaller-scale functions, the S2’s construct quantity solely stands at 200 x 120 x 300mm. As an alternative, the system locations a deal with precision, delivering XY resolutions of 77 microns and Z resolutions of simply 50 microns.

DUPLEX has made the S2’s SLA-specific MAP expertise out there for buy, that means different 3D printer producers will have the ability to combine multi-directional printing into their very own resin 3D printers.

The DUPLEX S2 3D printer. Photo via DUPLEX.
The DUPLEX S2 3D printer. Photograph through DUPLEX.

Technical specs and pricing

Under are the technical specs for the DUPLEX F2 and S2 3D printers. Readers fascinated about buying both of the methods ought to contact DUPLEX for a quote.

F2 S2
Construct quantity 400 (d) x 1000mm 200 x 120 x 300mm
Mattress temperature As much as 120°C
Nozzle temperature As much as 500°C
Chamber temperature As much as 80°C
Dimensions 880 x 1060 x 2400mm 550 x 600 x 900mm
Weight 124kg 85kg
Z-resolution 50 – 300 microns 25 – 100 microns
Resin tank 7kg

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Featured picture exhibits the DUPLEX F2 3D printer. Photograph through DUPLEX.


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