Makertech 3D Unveils Proforge 4: High-Speed Tool Changing 3D Printer

By on April 24th, 2023 in news, printer

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Proforge 4 3D printer [Source: Makertech 3D]

Makertech 3D has introduced a new professional 3D printer that includes tool changing capability. 

Makertech 3D, a UK-based company with over six years of experience in developing advanced 3D printers, has introduced its latest model, the Proforge 4. This professional 3D printer is a Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) device with some impressive specifications, including a tool changing capability.

Notable Specifications

The Proforge 4 boasts the following features:

  • Build volume: 400 x 300 x 340 mm
  • Quad CoreXY linear rail motion system
  • Linear rail-based Z-motion
  • Rigid aluminum frame
  • All metal hot end with temperatures up to 350°C
  • Heated print plate up to 130°C
  • Enclosed system to capture heat
  • Removable steel PEI-coated print sheet
  • Maximum print speed: 800mm/s
  • Maximum feed rate of 30 cubic mm per second
  • BigTreeTech MANTA 8P with CB1 Control Processor Board
  • Silent stepper drivers for quiet operation
  • Klipper firmware
  • Brass and steel nozzles included: 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 mm
  • Filtration system
  • Five-inch color touchscreen
  • Tool Changing Capabilities
Proforge 4 tools [Source: Makertech 3D]

What sets the Proforge 4 apart is its tool changing feature, which allows a single printhead motion system to swap different hot ends. This enables operators to load multiple materials into separate hot ends and use all of them in a single print job without intervention. The system can use either two or four changeable tools.

Proforge 4 prints large multicolor objects without a purge block [Source: Makertech 3D]

The tool changing concept is less wasteful than other multi-material approaches that require purging the previous material before using a new one. The tool changer simply swaps in the new hot end, pre-heated and ready to go. The only challenge is ensuring that the nozzles are properly aligned and calibrated to each other. Multimaterial prints run much faster on tool changers.

High-Speed 3D Printing and Material Versatility

Proforge 4 toolhead [Source: Makertech 3D]

The Proforge 4 can print large objects in multiple colors and materials at an impressive speed. Its high hot end temperatures and enclosed build volume make it suitable for 3D printing a wide range of exotic engineering materials.

This 3D printer is part of a growing trend of devices leveraging Klipper firmware to achieve extremely fast 3D printing. Makertech 3D claims that the Proforge 4 can print “up to 10X faster” than typical 3D printers.

Kickstarter Campaign

Makertech 3D has chosen to launch the Proforge 4 on Kickstarter. While the campaign has not yet opened, interested parties can join the notification list to ensure they know when it does.

Via Makertech 3D and Kickstarter

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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