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iFactory3D releases the concept of iFactory One Plus, a new conveyor belt 3D printer
"We have received a lot of positive feedback for our product from a lot of companies who would like to build up their own serial production with 3D printers. Therefore, we made several significant design changes to our device and enhanced it for serial manufacturing. What we achieved is the perfect solution for serial production of 3D printed parts." — Artur Steffen, CEO of iFactory3D.
The key difference between the new One Plus device and the original iFactory One printer model is the type of extruder. The Bowden extruder from the original iFactory One printer has been replaced with a direct drive configuration on the iFactory One Plus. This improves the 3D printer's reliability and print quality and expands the range of filaments that can be used.
Thanks to the new direct drive and other upgrades, the iFactory One Plus has become one of the fastest conveyor belt 3D printers. Compared to the iFactory One, the One Plus has three times the volumetric flow rate and therefore can print up to three times faster with hardly any or even no loss in quality. The new iFactory printer is now also capable of printing flexible filament and can print at higher temperatures because no PTFE inliner is used, greatly broadening the range of printable materials. Meanwhile, changes in the cooling system have improved the overall printing quality.
In addition, the iFactory One Plus has a modified and perfected belt tensioning system. In the former model, the belt could not be adjusted. Now, tensioning is not an issue, as it is possible to tighten the belt as needed. The iFactory solution is unique in that it is impossible to tighten the belt unevenly.
The forthcoming iFactory One Plus conveyor belt 3D printer is expected to be presented in an upcoming crowdfunding campaign in Q2 2021.
In autumn 2020, iFactory3D (https://ifactory3d.com) rolled out a successful Kickstarter campaign with their iFactory One conveyor belt 3D printer that can print an infinite number of objects of unlimited length without any user input (characteristics the iFactory One Plus also possesses). The Kickstarter project was supported by 434 backers, and the company reached around 186 percent of their funding goal.