Japanese-based equipment manufacturer and developer Enomoto Kogyo has this week unveiled a new 5-axis Hybrid 3D printer they have developed in collaboration with Shizuoka University of Art and Culture and software developer C&G Systems.
Due to its 5-axis design the 3D printer is capable of continuously performing 3D printing as well as milling using existing industrial 5 axis control technology, and provides a wealth of new applications when compared to the more traditional 3 axis 3D printers that offer movement in just X, Y and Z.
The new additive and subtractive manufacturing process offered by the 5-axis Hybrid 3D printer will save on material costs as well as manufacturing time and may even be able to remove or at least reduce the amount of supports that will be required to create a wide variety of 3D printed designs. Check out the video below to learn more about this very unique 5-axis 3D printing system.
Enomoto development department chief director Kawamura Takehire explains more about the new 5-axis Hybrid 3D printer :
Conventional [3D] printers are primarily planar lamination printers, but this machine is capable of not only planar lamination, but also 5-axis lamination. Ordinarily, undercutting can’t be performed with 3-axis control type NC, but with 5 axis, tilt and rotation functions are added. In other words, control is implemented for the X, Y, Z, tilt and rotation axis, and as a result, we’re able to print very complex shapes.
Our [3D] printer was produced as a machine for use in R&D by professionals rather than everyday users. We want to cultivate a wide-range of various applications and would like to hear from customers about what types of applications they would like to jointly develop, or in other words, what types of items they would like to print with this machine.
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