I am a retired mechanical engineer with 40 years of design experience and 15 years as a subject matter expert in Lean Six Sigma manufacturing. I strive to ensure my customers get the value they are seeking in a printed 3D part
Evolved from Afinia H479, which had the highest rating in in both the 2012 and 2013 Make Magazine 3D Printer evaluation
Ease of use, reliability, and consistent detailed performance with ABS material.
10″ x 8″ x 8″ inch build area (I may be able to make your part in sections if needed to fit the above envelope.)
Multitude of color ABS materials to feed it.
The Afinia H-Series 3D Printer can prototype a part or model that is roughly up to 5 inches cubed in dimensions. The output is accurate to within .10mm (4 thousandths of an inch) in the vertical direction and about .5 mm (.020 inch) in the x and y direction. The material strength varies with print direction, but I have measured it to be about 30% of the strength of injection molded parts.
Why ABS Plastic?
ABS material is a common material used for many commercial and consumer goods. I guarantee you already have many products in your home made from ABS. (Lego toy blocks are an example.)
PLA material is sometimes used by 3D printers because it is easier to work but it is not as flexible and will not take high temperatures the way ABS can (124 deg F compared to ABS 179 deg F). The plastic in your car in Florida can exceed 124 deg F on a hot summer day.
A good design will use the shape and thickness of the material to derive strength and stiffness. 3DPrinting does not provide equal strength in all directions like subtractive manufacturing or molded parts. That is why I need to understand your application and potential use before orienting the part for build. My expertise in mechanical engineering can help guide your design to meet your needs.