PowerDIW, The New “Made In Spain” Hybrid 3D Printer
Posted by on September 29, 2022 Alicia M.
Just a few days ago, the CIM UPC Technology Center presented a new hybrid 3D printer, the so-called PowerDIW. Based on DIW (Direct Ink Writing) technology, this experimental solution is intended for researchers in the fields of metallurgy, fuels, advanced ceramics, composites and tissue engineering. Thanks to its flexibility and structurability, 3D printers hope to be able to meet the needs of these sectors. To know the merits of the 3D printer, it will be presented today, September 29, by CIM UPC. Along with this, three success stories will be showcased where the solution has been implemented for various surveys.
Located in Barcelona, the CIM UPC Technology Center is dedicated to additive manufacturing and the development of Industry 4.0 methods. It is recognized for the manufacture of new technologies such as IDEX-type 3D printing or concrete 3D printers in FFF technology, among others. Today, with this new launch, the center adds a new manufacturing system to its range of technologies. Laura Calvo, Project Manager at CIM UPC, commented: “The features of PowerDIW are the result of the experience accumulated by the dozens of custom 3D printers that CIM UPC has developed over the past 8 years, so we can add other features to the machine according to the needs of our customers. clients”But what are these hallmarks of hybrid manufacturing? What does this launch bring to the Spanish industry?
3D printer features
We have already mentioned that PowerDIW, as the name suggests, is based on DIW technology. This additive manufacturing method is commonly used to make ceramic or metal parts (which then need to be baked) as well as bio-printing materials. Includes two DIW printheads with their own lifting mechanism. While the first printhead is working, the second printhead is lifting, which avoids removing bad material during the printing process. Both heads deliver high pressures that can reach forces up to 850N. Impression material is processed in standard BD syringes, enclosed in a shielded case. These syringes are easy to clean and, thanks to a quick-change system, favor a multi-material construction.
The particularity of a 3D printer is that it can be personalized. This is done by adding different functionalities such as infrared and ultraviolet light, or by integrating other additive manufacturing techniques such as FDM, DLP or pellet extrusion. Additionally, the PowerDIW can be equipped with an enclosed build room with precise temperature and humidity control. Roger Useda, Technology Transfer Manager at CIM UPC, says: “Direct ink writing is a very interesting technology for the development of new materials and 3D printing applications, because it only requires a small amount of material to operate. This is why many researchers find it to be a disruptive approach to their workflow. As a tool, we require a machine like PowerDIW.You can learn more about 3D printers in the video below:
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*cover photo: CIM UPC