As announced earlier this month Polymaker has now started their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to launch their new PolySmooth 3D printing filament and very unique Polysher system that allows you to remove the print layers from your 3D printed objects using a very fine mist of alcohol spray.
Check out the video below to learn more about this new way to finish 3D printed objects to give them a super high gloss finish and remove any and even layering that is normally left after the 3D printing filament process.
In just the first 24 hours Polymaker has blasted past its pledge goal raising over $180,000 thanks to over 600 backers with still 29 days remaining on their campaign.
At Polymaker we always want to make 3D printing more useful; we want to see 3D printing in real-world applications rather than being used just to print useless trinkets. This has always been our core mission. We, therefore, challenged ourselves to solve this difficult problem. Today we are here with an affirmative answer. We are excited to introduce to you our latest innovation – PolySmooth PVB and Polysher – an entirely new solution to dramatically improve the surface quality of 3D printed parts.
The core of the technology is the material – PolySmooth, which gives excellent printing characteristics, balanced mechanical properties, and most importantly, “polishability” when exposed to common alcohols such as isopropyl alcohol or ethanol. The polishing process involves exposing a 3D printed part of PolySmooth to an aerosol (a suspension of micro-sized droplets) of alcohol.
The aerosol is generated by a unit called the nebulizer, which consists of a thin membrane with hundreds of tiny (< 10 microns) holes, attached to a piezoelectric actuator. When actuated, the nebulizer will generate a fine aerosol of micro-sized alcohol droplets, which will then adsorb onto the surface of the 3D printed part and eventually make it smooth. Everything is done seamlessly and effortlessly in the Polysher.
PVB stands for poly(vinyl butyral) and is the base material for PolySmooth. It is formulated by Polymaker’s experienced engineers to offer excellent printing quality, balanced mechanical properties, and, most importantly, the “smoothability”. The basic printing characteristics of PolySmooth are designed to be very similar to PLA – so it is 100% compatible with existing extrusion-based (FDM/FFF) 3D printers and extremely easy to work with.
For more information on the new Polysher system and 3D printing filament jump over to the Kickstarter website for details and to make a pledge from $199 following the link below.
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