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Multi-material 3D printing with Zmorph

20.04.2017

Przemek Jaworski of ZMorph has no doubt that multi-material 3D printing technology of Fused Filament Fabrication will continue to grow in coming years. It’s the least expensive method of 3D printing, and it offers vast material base, that keeps expanding every year. Many of these new challenges will be won by using advanced software, which can be a game-changer, despite technological limitations.

ZMorph are experimenting with this a lot. Recent updates to the Voxelizer software allowed our two-material DUAL PRO extruder not only to blend filaments but also print colorful images on 3D objects, which they call Image Mapping. It gives existing users a completely new functionality and provided a competitive advantage for attracting new clients.

 

ZMorph 4 material printing. Photo via Zmorph.

ZMorph 4 material printing. Photo via Zmorph.

Another upcoming feature is a set of special tools and 3D filters for architectural models production – totally relying on clever algorithms for no-support printing of floorplates for example.

New dedicated software is a factor that can’t be ignored – and will be crucial for pushing the limits of 3D printing, as the hardware in most machines offers similar technical capabilities and is not progressing much more.

Multi-materiality, multitool, and more

First of all, multi-materiality opens new possibilities in rapid prototyping, which still is the most common application of 3D printing. Although it’s already possible to combine materials in two-material extruders or experimental four-material ones, we’re still a few steps before the quality reaches its full potential (also thanks to a dedicated software).

Multi-materiality in desktop 3D printing will thrive once it enables a truly high-quality material blending of various filaments. Creating prototypes that include hard and flexible parts within one print is possible with expensive industrial machines. As it becomes achievable with a desktop 3D printer, the technology gets more accessible and affordable to a greater number of professionals and unlocks their creative powers.

Colour blending and full-color FFF / FDM desktop 3D printing will also improve and become an industry standard. This will only broaden the possibilities and enable new professional applications.

CDG are the UK distributors for Zmorph.

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