Farsoon Technologies Launches Dual Laser Flight Technology and Expanded Materials Portfolio at TCT Asia 2021
The company also announced that it has expanded its material portfolio for the technology with the addition of two new polymer powders and another third-party material.
The new dual-laser configuration of Farsoon’s LPBF-based flight technology is designed to dramatically increase manufacturing turnaround while accelerating product-to-market cycles of industrial-grade parts such as robotics, electronic components and The batteries.
Farsoon Flight Technology
Farsoon’s flight technology was first introduced in February 2019 with the launch of the company’s 403P system, a medium-format polymer SLS machine designed for heavy-duty professional applications.
Also known as Fiber Light technology, Flight technology is a 3D printing process designed to improve the productivity of plastic laser sintering. The process replaces standard CO₂ laser technology with powerful fiber lasers to increase laser longevity and energy absorption.
In turn, this expands the range of transformable materials for Farsoon’s 3D printing systems and also allows the powder to be fully sintered in a shorter time. The high-speed technology was deployed for beta testing in October 2019 and has since been continuously developed by Farsoon for compatibility with its other systems.
The company’s machine portfolio consists of several machines for the processing of polymers and metals, each of which is an open platform allowing users to access advanced parameters and the use of third-party materials.
According to Farsoon, its Flight technology “opens the next level of LPBF productivity” for industrial-grade parts, delivering extremely fine detail with a minimum wall thickness of just 0.3mm.
The combination of high speed sintering and high functionality resolution has opened up multiple applications for mass production of parts, including electronic components, robotics, specialty tools and models, battery units, filter modules and many consumer products.
Last year, Farsoon implemented its proprietary flight technology in its new 252P series of high temperature SLS polymer 3D printers.
Dual laser flight technology
Farsoon’s Flight Technology dual laser configuration uses two powerful 300w fiber lasers and two dynamic optical systems to create two ultra-thin laser spots with scan speeds of up to 20m / s.
Compared to the single laser configuration, Dual-Laser Flight technology offers a 50-90% higher production volume rate and would provide three to four times the production efficiency of a single CO₂ laser machine.
When used on Farsoon’s 403P printing system, the dual laser configuration is capable of making two complete 400 x 400 x 450mm builds in a single day. As a result, the uptime of the machine is significantly improved and the maximum output per floor area is achieved within the same time frame.
Farsoon showcased the dual laser setup on its 403P platform at TCT Asia, and plans to integrate the technology into its HT1001P CAMS platform, which is equipped with a build cylinder measuring 1000 x 500 x 450mm.
Expansion of Flight Technology Materials Portfolio
Two new PA12-based powders specially designed for Farsoon’s flight technology were also announced at TCT Asia 2021.
The first, FS3300PA-F, is optimized for fiber laser processing and produces parts that provide a decent balance of mechanical and thermal properties suitable for a wide range of industrial applications.
The second, FS3401GB-F, is a glass bead reinforced powder suitable for end-use applications requiring both functionality and mechanical strength. Parts printed in the material exhibit substantial dimensional stability as well as good thermal and abrasive resistance, making them well suited for industrial 3D printed components such as automotive engine systems and power tools.
Users can use Farsoon’s Polymer Powder Management System (PMS), published at Formnext Connect last year, to achieve a powder refresh rate of up to 20% virgin material for the new PA12 based powders and reduce the manufacturing cost per part. To achieve this, the PMS integrates powder recycling and storage, new powder feed, high speed mixing and sieving powder treatment processes.
In addition to expanding its own portfolio of powders, Farsoon will also include specialized TPU material from its partner. LEHVOSS Group to be used with its Flight technology. LUVOSINT TPU X92A-1064 WT material is light gray in color and has been successfully tested on the Farsoon Flight 403P and 252P printing systems.
According to the company, the material offers a convenient processing window and good recyclability, while producing printed parts with good elongation and size stability. These characteristics make the material suitable for applications such as custom shoe soles, parts with complex tube geometries and even medical applications.
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Featured images show the sintering process of Dual Laser Flight technology. Photo via Farsoon Technologies.