ZMorph 3D Printer
When a man is creating a sculpture, he has control of the tools he uses and the form his finished work takes. With his hands, he can skillfully create exactly what he has imagined. A woman molding a piece of pottery paces the pottery wheel table to her needs and varies the pressure of her hands against the clay as needed to perfect her piece of art.
A 3D printing hobbyist spends hours on the design for a bottle opener. He carefully measures a bottle cap and applies these measurements to his 3D design. His digital drawing is as precise as possible. He has considered the pressures that will be applied to his bottle opener and the best material for both utility and function. His design is, in so many words, perfect.
However, an imperfection in his 3D printer results in a less-than-perfect final product.
Unlike artists whose successes and mistakes with designs are at the whim of their own hands, 3D designers are sometimes at the mercy of the quality of their 3D printer; regardless of a man’s skill with 3D design, his finished products may be flawed through no fault of his own.
This is why using a closed loop system for 3D printing is so important.
Open And Closed Loop Systems
An open loop system in 3D printing can often result in errors in the final design. 3D printers with open loop systems create objects by knowing where they need to move next. They print through the process of understanding directions as steps to follow.
Unfortunately, in such a step-by-step system, small errors, once made, can become even bigger errors as the 3D printing of an object continues. One tiny mistake in direction at one step in printing becomes more noticeably obvious as each subsequent step is also affected.
A closed loop system, in contrast, prints by understanding where it is in respect to the entire design. Instead of simply knowing which direction to move next, it understands what direction is needed to precisely print the object. Therefore, they have much less position error than an open loop system.
The Benefits Of A Closed Loop System
If one layer of printing is slightly off in the manufacturing process, the entire object will most likely be rejected. This is exactly what can too easily occur with an open loop system. A closed loop system, then, guarantees a higher rate of accuracy in the manufacturing process and more successful prints.
Hobbyists can appreciate accuracy in printing, as mistakes can be costly and frustrating. Imagine having successfully completed several practice prints of a design, then a mistake—at no fault of one’s own—occurs on the final iteration because of a layer offset in one step of the manufacturing process.
Or, imagine needing to 3D print an object numerous times to finally achieve a successful print, wasting time and resources in the process. This can be a huge factor in whether or not a company can afford to integrate 3D printing as a new technology.
The Best Closed Loop System
One of the best closed loop systems on the market is that of the ZMorph 2.0 SX Full Set Multi-Tool. This is because the ZMorph 2.0 SX has an error correction loop as part of its manufacturing process that reduces layer offsets and results in much more successful prints.
The machine can properly maintain its position despite any unexpected events that might occur during printing; these events would result in rejected prints for an open loop system. The ZMorph 2.0 SX can restore and correct the position of its extruder if the carriage gets blocked, the worktable is jammed, or the nozzle loses its position.
Closed loop systems provide a higher guarantee of successful finished products and happy customers. As 3D printing becomes more popular in such high-stakes fields as health care, the benefits of a closed loop system are obvious and manifold.
Any hobbyist, engineer, teacher, or other 3D printing enthusiast should consider using a printer with a closed loop system.
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