The Connex3 Materials Cabinet

By on January 28th, 2014 in printer

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The Connex3 also comes with a powerful materials cabinet. It’s a separate unit typically installed beside the main Connex3 and is intended to house cartridges containing color resins. The resins are pumped into the printer during active printing. 
Now you’d think there would need to be extra space for cartridges servicing the new third material and you’d be correct. But there is another key feature: each of the four cartridge bays (one for each of the three different materials and one for support material) can hold TWO cartridges. 
The system is set to automatically switch to the alternate cartridge if the first one should empty. Then, while it uses the alternate cartridge, you can hot swap in a new cartridge to replace the empty cartridge.
There are two great implications of this: 
  • You can leave a very long print unattended without need for human intervention to reload material – twice as long, in fact.
  • You can theoretically print forever if you keep replacing cartridges. However, we’re told that two cartridges will enable printing of an extremely large object.
Adding “infinite materials” to the wish list of 3D printer features. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo 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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