EVO-TECH’s EL-102 3D Printer

The EVO-TECH EL-102 Engineering 3D Printer [Source: Fabbaloo]

We took a look at EVO-TECH’s new EL-102 high-temperature 3D printer.

In 2016 we first encountered the Austrian company, which at that time was experimenting with higher-temperature desktop 3D printers, specifically to print engineering materials and in fact metal-infused filaments.

But that was two years ago, and today we see the company now marketing a rather large professional 3D printer capable of 3D printing a wide variety of high-temperature materials. The EL-102, as it is named, has a number of very interesting specifications:

  • Enormous build volume of 500 x 400 x 510 mm

  • Heated build chamber, reaching up to 110C

  • Heated print surface, up to 200C

  • Dual independent extruders, with a cleaning station to avoid “stringies”

  • Disposable build plate sheets held down by vacuum

  • Different types of sheets can match the chemistry of the printing material

  • Water cooling for certain components exposed to the high-heat build chamber

  • On board filament drying chamber

  • Nozzle temperature up to 420C, able to 3D print most materials

If I were to make a list of the characteristics of a good 3D printer for engineering materials, this would be the list.

, EVO-TECH’s EL-102 3D Printer
Inside the EL-102 3D printer from EVO-TECH [Source: Fabbaloo]

There are not that many 3D printers of this volume that offer the ability to 3D print engineering materials. The EL-102 has an enormous build volume of such a size that may generate printing challenges even for non-engineering materials. However, EVO-TECH has prepared a number of standard print profiles for more successful 3D printing experiences.

A problem often encountered with larger-sized 3D printers is the increased requirement for print material. Indeed, the EL-102 has a build volume of 102L (hence the name of the machine). That is a huge volume that likely would require multiple spool swaps during a long print job.

, EVO-TECH’s EL-102 3D Printer
3D printing filament spools inside the EVO-TECH EL-102 [Source: Fabbaloo]

However, EVO-TECH has smartly made their integrated filament drying spool mounts of sufficient size to accommodate very large spools of filament material.

, EVO-TECH’s EL-102 3D Printer
EVO-TECH’s Markus Kaltenbrunner holding a heavy 10kg spool of 3D printer filament [Source: Fabbaloo]

If you can’t quite see the size from that image, here’s another with EVO-TECH’s Markus Kaltenbrunner holding one of the enormous 10kg spools of material that are commonly used in this machine.

The EL-102 will be available very soon and is said to be priced at around €43,500 (US$50,000).


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