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    Default 3D printing PDMS, looking for a low end commerical grade, realiable machine

    Hello,

    Is there a decent 3d printer that can print PDMS material? Looking for something in an low end industrial grade that we can upload files to from solid works and reliable.

    Mike

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    What is the application of the PDMS?

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    The application(finished produce) involves processing fluids, the surface needs to have properties, from what I have learned, from PDMS. I guess they are using stereo-lithography but it is slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landm1 View Post
    The application(finished produce) involves processing fluids, the surface needs to have properties, from what I have learned, from PDMS. I guess they are using stereo-lithography but it is slow.
    "The surface needs to have properties" What do you mean by this? strength properties? corrosion resistant properties?

    if by "using stereo-lithography" you mean the 3D model, you wont be getting away from that cheaply. most printers still require an STL file from what I've seen (Although I may be wrong, it's happened before)

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    PDMS is a type of material. The properties are PDMS interaction with other chemicals, no questions concerning material type. Unless I am missing something 3D printing is done using a 3 axis printer, stereo-lithography is a laser converting liquids into solids.
    What we are looking for is a 3D printer that can process PDMS material?

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    PDMS is a silicone. It basically congeals to shape when heated up by a laser via stereo-lithography.

    The cheap 3D printers typically use a string of thermoplastic material -- a sort of guided hot melt glue gun -- so those most likely won't be running a silicone.

    If there's a cheaper/faster process from someone other than 3D Systems, Terry Wohlers (Google him) would know.

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    Thank you Pete!


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