The HT 5800 3D Printer

 The HT 5800 industrial 3D printer

The HT 5800 industrial 3D printer

3D Printerworks has launched a new powerful industrial 3D printer, the HT 5800. 

3D Printerworks has been around for quite a few years now, producing a variety of filament-based desktop 3D printers, including their one of their first machines, the CreatorBot, in 2014. The HT 5800 is their most ambitious machine yet. 

Then, as now, 3D Printerworks focuses on larger volume machines, setting them apart from the many smaller machines that cover the 3D printer landscape. The HT 5800 is no exception, but it also has some other tricks up its sleeves. 

Yes, the HT 5800 has a massive build volume, being 457 x 457 x 457mm. In fact, the product name is derived from the volume, which happens to be 5832 cubic inches. I suppose they rounded it off to the strong “5800” used in the name. 

As you no doubt expect, the HT 5800 has many professional level features, including:

  • A completely enclosed - and insulated - build chamber for print reliability
  • Hot end capable of up to 420C, making it compatible with many engineering materials
  • Heated build surface, with temperatures up to 160C, far higher than the typical 100C on other machines
  • Automated calibration - “auto compensation” for unlevel print surfaces
  • Thick glass build platform equipped with a high temperature adhesion system for easy part removal when cooled, and it’s also removable
  • Filament out detection and automatic print job pause for operator intervention
  • Spool sizes up to 2kg, very suitable for the long prints on this device
  • One year warranty
  • Standard large-sized 0.8mm nozzle to ensure prints happen reasonably fast

I should also mention that the HT 5800 is a dual 1.75mm extruder machine, which enables you to print with soluble support material. This makes this machine able to 3D print almost any geometry with little concern about print reliability. 

3D Printerworks says the HT 5800 is: 

Designed for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) parts with high-temperature materials, including polycarbonate, nylon, and ABS plastic.

The HT 5800 includes a pre-installed laptop containing all the necessary software and drivers to get this machine going almost immediately. This means you will not have to spend additional funds on a dedicated workshop computer to run the HT 5800, which you will almost certain find with other professional 3D printer options. This system is set up for the workshop floor. 

 A view of the HT 5800 with integrated cabinet / stand

A view of the HT 5800 with integrated cabinet / stand

Another interesting feature is the integrated cabinet/stand on which the HT 5800 itself rests. This wheeled stand can be used to store materials and tools for use with the system, as shown here. 

 Storing materials in the HT 5800's cabinet bay

Storing materials in the HT 5800's cabinet bay

3D Printerworks includes on-site setup, a two-day training session to get new users started with the system, something not every vendor offers. This is included in the purchase price, along with shipping. 

Shipping costs would otherwise be significant as this beast weighs 145kg (320 lbs) and is shipped on two pallets. The free shipping feature is very appropriate. 

I see this machine as fitting in very well within an industrial workshop. While it is manually operated and might have a hard time fitting into a modern integrated manufacturing line, it certainly would not be out of place for producing prototypes, jigs and fixtures for such manufacturing operations. 

3D Printerworks says the cost of the system is USD$14,500, so it’s not inexpensive. But neither is it priced as high as other options, which can range from USD$50K and up. If this is your machine choice, however, you might have to wait as 3D Printerworks says they have a 6-10 week wait time on machine orders. 

Via 3D Printerworks

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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