Editor’s Pick: Fast resin 3D printing
Nexa3D XiP Pro 3D printer is a new model in the company's line of resin photopolymer 3D printers.
May 17, 2023
Nexa3D introduces the XiP Pro, the newest model in its line of resin photopolymer 3D printers. The company claims “previously unattainable production economics” for this new printer, based on a combination of large build volume, photocuring technology, and part stacking inside the build box.
The build box is 19.5 liters, with dimensions of 410x292x163 mm (16.1x11.4x6.4 in). The XiP Pro is rated to print at 24 vertical cm/hr, which Nexa3D says allows the printer to produce an entire build volume in under 2 hours. The company says the combination of build box size and print speed provides the daily throughput of “at least four competitive resin-based printers.”
The VAT photopolymerization print process uses an LCD-based print technology. It features a self-lubricating membrane that the company says reduces peel forces and enables faster printing. The print process uses adaptive layer-by-layer monitoring and a closed-loop z-stage with auto-homing.
The XiP is an open materials platform, allowing the user to choose from various materials. Supported resins include an array of xABS, xPP and xCE, and various elastomeric materials including xFLEX475 and xFLEX402. It also supports heat-resistant resins including xPEEK, xCERAMIC and xMOLD.
The XiP pro is designed to print stacked parts, allowing users to fill the build box with various parts of various sizes. The company notes that for some users, this ability will reduce their 3D printing capital investment.
“With a larger build platform, we’re able to print larger parts and stack smaller parts for maximum throughput,” says early user Glen Mason of Wilson Sporting Goods. “It’s decreasing cost per part while increasing resolution, speed and build capacity.”
The operation panel features a 7K LCD screen with 46 µm pixel size, allowing for a detailed view of part creation.
Accompanying this new printer is an updated version of the NexaX OS, the company’s software for workflow automation. The update offers faster generation of support structures in multiple shapes; faster slicing; border compensation on base layers; and print size file reduction.
The Nexa3D XiP Pro is immediately available from authorized resellers. For more information, visit https://nexa3d.com/blog/xip-pro-industrial-3d-printer-launch/
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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