Approaching the Farsoon stand here at TCT Asia 2019, a large tube crammed with parts towers above the stand. It is a representation of speed. the speed at which Farsoon’s new Flight Technology sinters nylon material into 3D printed parts.
On said tube there are markers showing the print speeds of its other models in comparison to the new system, which Director Don Xu tells me has been in development for over a year. The new Flight system prints in excess of five times faster than any previous model thanks to a new scanning system and importantly a change from a CO₂ laser to a fiber laser.
According to Farsoon’s specs , the increased laser power, improved energy distribution to the material, and smaller laser spot size, equals a scanning speed of over 20m/s (66 ft/s) roughly four times that of comparable technologies.
The added power from the fiber laser increases the speed but not at the expense of part quality, quite the opposite in fact, as the new Flight system is capable of printing feature details as small as 0.3mm owing to unique scanning algorithms, a powerful dynamic optical system, and the advantages of a system with fully open parameters.
“The additive manufacturing world is evolving at an amazing pace,” says Dr. Xu Xiaoshu Chairman of Farsoon Technologies, in the press release. “In order to meet the demands of existing and new customers who are looking to adopt this technology for manufacturing we need to match their requirements for productivity. With Flight Technology we have greatly enhanced the capabilities of high-speed laser sintering to meet the needs of high-volume production.”
The parts on display are very impressive and the machine is running on the show floor, and the laser scanning is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it quick. Farsoon will be next showcasing the Flight Technology at AMUG in April and RAPID + TCT in May.