innovatiQ - LiQ320 INDUSTRIAL Silicone 3D PRINTER
The Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) process in the 3D printer from innovatiQ represents a real game changer in the market.
For the very first time, it is possible to use liquid material, such as Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR),for additive manufacturing. The same material is already used for lots of products in a variety of companies. This brings new possibilities in terms of shapes and geometries which are not feasible with other manufacturing methods. Bionic shapes or other complex objects can be produced in both one-off and series production – with almost identical, and sometimes even better properties compared to injection moulding. The build platform of the LiQ 320is suitable for printing objects of all sizes as well as for small series.
Complex geometries, completely new freedom of form
Liquid Additive Manufacturing is an additive manufacturing process in which (high-viscosity) liquids are processed additively. While conventional production processes, such as injection moulding, require all molecules to be aligned, withLAM technology the application direction and, thus, the cross-linking can be influenced at the molecular level. In some cases, this results in greater material strength compared to injection moulding.
Components made of liquid silicone
The liquid additive manufacturing method makes it possible to create geometries which are extremely difficult or even impossible to achieve using conventional manufacturing processes. This means that cross, lattice or even honeycomb structures are not a problem.
Process-controlled volumetric extrusion
Volumetric extrusion enables the free-form application of high-viscosity materials to almost any substrate. The process-controlled strand discharge facilitates high-precision dosing of the material. The structure of the object can be fully tailored to your own conceptions and to the respective application.
SILASTICTM 3D from DOW is already used in many companies for a wide variety of products. A significant advantage of the components is that they are made of real silicone. SILASTICTM 3D has a Shore hardness of 50 A and is thermally cross-linked by innovatiQ in the LAM process. It does not contain any acrylic hardeners, does not become UV-cross-linked and is almost identical to injection moulding in all its properties. The variation of different infill options of the same material results in a wide range of possibilities, for example for different damping properties, for a printing result that is optimally matched to the application. Depending on the mixing ratio, flexible components or even rigid printing results can be achieved.
GestiQ Pro, the new HMI from innovatiQ
The LIQ 320 is equipped with the new industrial controller GestiQ Pro, which is operated via a large touch screen display. GestiQ Pro supports the operator with built-in shortcut keys. Everyday usage of the LIQ 320 becomes child’s play, with the operator having sight of all relevant parameters – even remotely.
A high-temperature halogen lamp releases activation energy to accelerate complete cross-linking at the molecular level between the individual layers. This finely-tuned reaction, for objects both large and small, is ensured by the travel speed of the lamp.
This process significantly reduces the printing time. At the same time, the printing result sets new benchmarks, particularly in terms of the time savings involved. Compared to injection moulding, time savings of 50 % and more can be achieved here.
Fully automatic laser levelling
The integrated auto-bed levelling improves handling and print quality via optimal adjustment of the print bed by performing a three-point measurement with the aid of a precision laser. Two of the three-points are automatically levelled, giving the bed the ideal setting in relation to the printhead level. The printhead can be readjusted manually. The nozzle is also automatically adjusted with the aid of a laser fork light barrier.
Functional components at the touch of a button.
Thanks to the integrated thermal material cross-linking, the LAM printer creates components with completely resilient properties and which can be used right away – with no post-processing whatsoever. This shortens the go-to-market time of new products and also saves tooling costs.
TECHNICAL DATA FOR LiQ 320
Build volume (X/Y/Z): 250 x 320 x 150 mm
HMI: GestiQ Pro V1.05 with touch screen display, network-ready
Print speed*: 10 – 150 mm/s
Travel speed*: 10 – 300 mm/s
Positioning accuracy*(X/Y): 0.22 – 0.9 mm
Layer thickness* (min.): 0.23 | 0.4 | 0.8 mm
Layer thickness* (min.): LSR Shore 50 A
Nozzle options*: 120 –130 PaS
Consumables*: or similar
Extruder: Lifting and lowering head, volumetric extrusion
Thermal cross-linking: approx. 2000 °C
Material curing: approx. 200 °C
Network connection: Yes, stand-alone operation possible
Power consumption: (max.) 2.3 kW, approx. 50 % in continuous operation
Display: 15-inch touch screen display
Operating voltage: 230 VAC, 16 A
External dimensions (W/D/H): Printer without cartridge system and display. 800 x 960 x 1957 mm
Weight: approx. 390 kg
Technology: LAM (Liquid Additive Manufacturing)
Equipment option: Material supply via material pails, heatable print bed
* Deviations depending on equipment/material/process
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