25th May 2021
Just because a 3D printer describes itself as “high-resolution” in the specifications, doesn’t mean that your 3D printed parts will come out reliably accurate or precise. But how accurate is the Origin One?
Any additive manufacturing (AM) process deployed for the production of functional and end-use parts can’t simply be ‘high-resolution’. They need accurate and repeatable geometric dimensions and material properties without compromise that you can rely on during your day-to-day operation.
Although dimensional accuracy is critical to any application, an additive manufacturing process with high repeatability in produced parts can automatically compensate for dimensional inaccuracies through the use of software. Furthermore, a process that produces parts exhibiting high levels of uniformity provides far more flexibility, ease of use, and confidence when it comes to reliable 3D printing.
But what if these properties are absent? What if you’re dealing with large amounts of unpredictability within your parts? This can traditionally present significant barriers to scaling up manufacturing volumes. Hence, these aspects are critical factors in developing your confidence in any single additive manufacturing process.
The following study was completed to perform an evaluation of Origin One’s P3 technology in terms of accuracy and repeatability. It was conducted across multiple manufacturing systems and across consecutive production builds to truly evaluate its capability for your shop floor.
In order to fully evaluate the Origin One 3D Printer, the study examines the variability of an additive manufacturing process through precise quantitative measurement data. This allowed us to fully measure the dimensional accuracy and mechanical properties across many consecutive builds of more than a hundred manufactured test parts.
When it comes to mechanical properties, including tensile modulus, tensile strength, and elongation, you need to be able to rely on your parts being strong and resistant to break. The examination of these factors across Origin One’s printer using ASTM D638 found low coefficients of variation for every single sample tested.
But what does this mean?
This indicates that Origin One’s technology is highly precise and, consequently, highly predictable. This was the case no matter which sample part was printed, at whichever dimension we chose, suggesting the Origin One has world-leading uniformity within its end-use parts.
But we know strength isn’t everything. If the strongest part comes out misshapen, or out of alignment, it won’t have any use as a functional piece of your manufacturing process.
So we also measured complete dimensional accuracy of parts designed specifically for this study. By comparing machine-to-machine results alongside overall accuracy and repeatability, we discovered that the feature dimensions are both accurate and precise.
All falling within -12 and 43 microns – even the smallest parts will print easily and reliably every single time from the moment you press go. And thanks to the unique traits of additive manufacturing, you can produce complex and intricate parts that would outshine traditional processes in time, cost, and ease of use.
The Origin One is a transformative 3D printer enabling mass production of functional and end-use parts in a diverse range of high-performance materials. It empowers manufacturers with industry-leading accuracy, consistency, detail and throughput, allowing them to take on the most demanding production applications in manufacturing.
The results of the study confirm that the Origin One, powered by its cutting-edge P3 technology, achieves best-in-class dimensional accuracy, consistency of mechanical properties, and part isotropy. The high degree of repeatability demonstrated across many manufacturing builds and different machines inspires confidence and fulfils a mission-critical requirement present in any high-volume additive manufacturing application. What are you waiting for? Get in touch today.