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The technology behind Zortrax Inkspire relies on a high resolution LCD screen with UV LED back-lightingto cure photopolymers layer by layer. The smallest object Zortrax Inkspire can 3D print is a cuboid measuring 50 x 50 x 25 microns.
The same high speed of 20-36 mm/h is maintained regardless of how much of the work space is filled. All available resins that can be cured by light with 405 nm wavelength are supported by the Inkspire. Also, print settings like time of layer's exposure or rest between layers can be changed on the fly.
Z-SUITE is a dedicated slicing and 3D printing farm management software that comes free with every Zortrax 3D printer. Now it has a number of additional functionalities to make working with Zortrax Inkspire an effortless experience.
UV Light Exposure
Times of exposure to UV light for the model and support structures can be set independently to make the support structures harder and therefore easier to remove. It also makes supports thinner which reduces their overall footprint on the model and consequently, the amount of post-processing needed to make the surfaces perfectly smooth. Specific settings chosen for each particular resin can be easily saved as complete profiles and reused when necessary. Z-SUITE can remotely pause, resume, and monitor the printing process on each Zortrax Inkspire connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
UV LCD is up to 8x faster than SLA
UV LCD is up to 9x more precise than SLA
The speed of operation is 20-36 mm/h
The XY resolution is 50 x 50 microns
The minimal layer height is 25 microns
Capable of serial production
External 405 nm resins are supported
External slicing software is supported
.zcodex and .cw file formats are supported
Work space measures 74 x 132 x 175 mm (2.91 x 5.20 x 6.89 in)
Has Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity
Has an intuitive touch interface
Instrument of Precision
The UV LCD technology in Zortrax Inkspire relies on a high resolution LCD screen with UV LED backlighting to solidify photopolymers layer by layer. With 50x50 microns XY resolution and 25 microns minimal layer height it is up to 9x more precise than leading SLA 3D printers. Because the entire layer is projected onto the photopolymer’s surface all at once, it is also up to 8x faster. An intuitive touch interface asks about the current amount of resin in the printer and automatically schedules pauses each time a refill is going to be needed.
Microscopic precision makes Zortrax Inkspire perfect for engineers, designers, jewelers or dental prosthetic. Due to the high speed of operation, the printer can work as a basic production unit in 3D printing farms offering low to medium scale manufacturing capabilities.
Meet the UV LCD Technology
Resin 3D printers typically work in either SLA (stereolithography) or DLP (digital light processing) technology. In SLA, the precision is constant, but the speed of operation is in inverse proportion to the amount of work space taken by the model. It is so because an entire layer has to be drawn with a laser. In DLP, the speed of operation is constant, but the precision falls as the amount of used work space increases. Because they are designed around digital projectors, popular DLP 3D printers can work with relatively small pixel size, provided that the projected layer’s image is limited to a small part of their available work spaces. But when the projected image is enlarged to fill the entire work space, pixels grow dramatically to 70 microns or larger. Zortrax UV LCD offers constant high speed and constant high XY resolution regardless of how much of the work space is used.
In Zortrax UV LCD technology, UV light is processed in three distinct stages. First, it hits a polarizing film arranged along a horizontal axis. Only a part of the spectrum vibrating horizontally gets through. Such horizontally polarized light then goes into an array of liquid crystals. Each crystal can let it pass unchanged or rotate it 90 degrees. In the last stage, the light hits another polarizing film, this time arranged vertically. If a liquid crystal between those two films does not rotate the light, the pixel is off because the horizontally polarized light can’t get through the vertically polarized film. But if the light is rotated, it can pass through both films and the pixel is on.
Comparison of Resin 3D Printing Technologies
Zortrax Inkspire works with a dedicated Zortrax Resin Basic, a photopolymer designed to guarantee impeccable accuracy of details and great mechanical properties of prints at the same time. External resins compatible with Zortrax Inkspire include special purpose photopolymers made for applications in dental prosthetics or jewelry design among others. All resins cured by light with 405 nm wavelength are supported.
Zortrax Inkspire works with a range of dedicated Zortrax Resins. External resins are fully supported, provided they can be cured by light with 405 nm wavelength.
Zortrax Resin PRO
Zortrax Resin PRO is an epoxy-based resin with improved impact and bending resistance in comparison with Zortrax Resin Basic. It offers short curing times, high degree of detail, and ease of post-processing.
Zortrax Resin FLEXIBLE
Strength and flexibility
Zortrax Resin FLEXIBLE is an elastic, epoxy based resin that comes back to its original shape after bending. It offers smooth surfaces, high level of detail, and sharp edges.
Zortrax Resin DENTAL MODEL
Zortrax Resin DENTAL MODEL is a precise resin with a gypsum-like texture designed for digital dentistry. It offers very high level of detail sufficient for accurate modeling of teeth. Not meant for intra-oral use.
Zortrax Resin BASIC
Zortrax Resin BASIC is an epoxy-based resin dedicated for Zortrax Inkspire. It guarantees impeccable details and great mechanical properties. It's also durable, easy to paint and needs short curing times.
The smallest possible object a naked human eye can see measures about 0.1 mm. The smallest possible object Zortrax Inkspire can 3D print is a cuboid measuring 50 x 50 x 25 microns. That’s why it can produce details that can only be seen under a microscope or through a powerful magnifying glass. Surface texture and ornaments on the 5 mm high rook look the same as on the one measuring 5 cm. Almost no detail has been lost due to scaling the model down.
Zortrax Inkspire maintains constant high speed of operation and accuracy regardless of how much of the work space is used. Working with relatively small models like HDMI cover caps, one Zortrax Inkspire can 3D print 77 of them in 51 min. 30 Zortrax Inkspire 3D printers can make 650,000 caps per month working in a 3D printing farm operated with one 8h long shift per day. The Inkspire is made of high quality parts, allowing it to operate for incessantly long periods of time. Therefore, it is possible to increase the number of shifts per day and run the printers 24/7. In such scenario, a monthly output of 30 Zortrax Inkspire 3D printers can jump up to over 1,000,000 parts or higher, taking a business well into medium or even large scale production territory