09 Nov 2017
Today's post is dedicated to people who are still undecided when it comes to buying a 3D printer. We understand that choosing which equipment to buy will be a difficult choice as it can take up much of your company's cash or reserves.
Analyzing the e-mails we received, we decided to write this publication to clarify some recurring doubts regarding our 3D printing equipment:
What is FDM?
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology is the most common and widespread 3D printing process among designers and developers. Printing takes place via the deposition of molten material, in the case of Cliever 3D printers, the main input is PLA Filament, a thermoplastic material that is easy to handle.
This type of 3D printer is ideal for day-to-day applications: rapid prototyping, functional mockups and development of custom low-run parts.
What influences the enclosed cabinet?
Cliever was one of the first companies to adopt the closed 3D printing environment. Present in the line of 3D printers CL2 and SL1, the closed design significantly improves the quality of the generated parts. Avoiding contact with dirt and external thermal variations, the part can be produced with effective and high performance.
What is the largest size of 3D printing?
Many 3D impression enthusiasts ask about Cliever's social networks or contact platforms for the maximum size of the pieces generated. Currently Cliever CL2 Pro Plus (link) is our largest model, enabling the printing of parts with the maximum dimensions of 300mm (L) x 230mm (P) x 450mm (A). This does not stop you from making bigger pieces by simply cutting them in two or more pieces and printing them apart. Once finished, just paste.
Resolution in Microns?
3D printers based on Cliever's FDM technology achieve 300 to 100 micron resolution at layer height. What does that mean? It means that each layer of deposited material can be configured via software (link) from 0.3mm to 0.1mm. The resolution that really matters is the geometric, that is, the measurements of your piece, the FDM technology is capable of delivering 2 tenths of a millimeter of precision, or 200 microns.
Our Cliever SL1 3D printer, based on differentiated technology, achieves even higher accuracy! Read more in this post (hyperlink)
All Cliever 3D printers have a factory original heated desk.
The main benefit of the heated table is to ensure the ideal fixation of the first filament layers, the most critical moment of the 3D printing process. A heated table, combined with the correct use of the Cliever Spray Sticker, prevents warpage of the parts and therefore unforeseen during the printing process!
Auto Leveling and Calibration of the Machine
The calibration process for Cliever 3D printers is automated. The process is simple and should be done at the first moment after receiving your 3D printer at home. In Cliever Studio software, there is a step-by-step illustrated guide to help with leveling, as well as an explanatory video (hyperlink) available on our Youtube channel. Importantly, this process is done only once, once completed the machine stores the information for future impressions.
Materials that can be used
The CL2 Pro and CL1 Black lines work with PLA, Flexible, ABS and PETG filaments. By assigning, thus, different mechanical properties and ideal for the desired application.
Cliever recommends the use of PLA filaments for most 3D printing applications because it is an easy-to-use, biodegradable material with mechanical properties that meet most rapid prototyping technology applications. In addition, all of the supplies mentioned here are sold in our virtual store (hyperlink), Cliever 3D printers work with third-party filaments; however, if a failure in the equipment is detected due to poor quality of the material, it may imply equipment.
Cliever Studio Software
A great differential of Cliever is its own free software, Cliever Studio. Its function is to adapt and prepare the piece for 3D printing.
Before starting the printing process, it is necessary to have the piece modeled in 3D. To model the objects you can use any software in the market: Autocad, SolidWorks, Rhinoceros, Sketchup, among others.
After finishing the construction of your object, just export it for STL format. When you import the STL file into Cliever Studio software, which acts as a print management driver, you can perform the simulation of the part, calculating the hours required for its production, the amount of filament required, and the total cost of the part.
Get an overview of the software and test your tools by downloading it free at: http://www.cliever.com.br/p/software
Cliever printers work with third-party software through the necessary presets as long as the software exports the file in .cl format.
All Cliever customers have access to our unlimited telephone and web technical support team. The contact can be via phone, skype or email without extra charges per hour or per call.
The technical assistance service is directly at the factory, located in Porto Alegre (RS). The warranty for equipment is 12 months, and can be extended by contracting.
Cliever accepts the BNDES card, allowing payments up to 48 times. In the traditional flags (Visa, Master Card and others), the payment can be in up to 12 times without interest. For cash payments, the values are different!
We have our products at the prompt delivery! The deadline is only for the carrier that can vary from 1 to 5 business days.
With this post, our team hopes to contribute in choosing the purchase of a 3D printer. In addition, we encourage everyone to research the uses and capabilities of 3D printing technology before buying and delving into this universe of creative possibilities!
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