Azul 3D Launches OCEAN 3D Printer

OCEAN printing platform is a large, productive area-wide 3D printing solution.

OCEAN printing platform is a large, productive area-wide 3D printing solution.

Azul 3D’s OCEAN printing platform. Image courtesy of Business Wire.

Azul 3D, a 3D printing startup, has launched the OCEAN printing platform—a large and productive area-wide 3D printing solution.

Developed in collaboration with an industry partner, OCEAN features a 812 x 812 mm build area that leverages Azul 3D’s modular HARP technology. 


HARP employs a liquid interface that remains molecularly flat across the entire build area during printing, enabling precision across the largest parts. The architecture actively removes heat from the curing reaction, enabling thermal consistency and process stability for high-volume manufacturing. With its modular optical engine, OCEAN maintains the full 72 um high resolution and intensity digital light processing (DLP) projection of its predecessor, the LAKE printer.

“Our strategy is to empower the future of digital manufacturing,” says John Hartner, CEO of Azul 3D. “The OCEAN platform is a new-to-industry capability, with the opportunity to enable new high-volume products and supply chains.”

With the ability to produce fine features and harness build speeds of over 300 mm/hour, the OCEAN represents new economic paradigm for polymer production, according to Azul 3D. In the clean tech sector, its printed structures offer engineering possibilities to improve performance of large-scale filters and membranes for carbon capture and water treatment, the company adds.

In collaboration with Dr. Devin Roach at Oregon State University, Azul 3D is investigating and testing the application of functional coatings to printed surfaces, including novel carbon-sorbent materials pioneered by the Nyman research group at Oregon State.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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