Who is jumping on the bandwagon of the rising trend of high-speed 3D printing?

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The Shift towards High Speed Desktop 3D Printers

The world of 3D printing is constantly evolving, and one of the latest advancements that has been causing a stir is the emergence of high-speed desktop 3D printers. These devices are revolutionizing the speed at which we can print objects, operating at up to 10 times faster than the traditional desktop FFF 3D printers that we have been accustomed to for the past 15 years.

It is truly remarkable to witness the level of advancements in speed that these new printers offer. In recent weeks, we have had the opportunity to test several of these high-speed printers, and the results have been astounding. These machines are capable of producing objects at a rate that is 2 to 4 times faster than what we are used to with older equipment. It is safe to say that within a year, high-speed printing will become the new standard for desktop FFF 3D printers, with speeds that are at least 2 to 3 times faster than the current average of 40-80mm/s.

One might wonder how these high-speed printers are able to achieve such incredible capabilities. The answer lies in the firmware magic that the fastest machines on the market employ. Through innovative firmware algorithms, these printers can effectively manage the severe momentum changes that occur when the toolhead shifts direction at high speed. Without compensation, the toolhead can become misaligned, resulting in poor quality prints. However, these new firmware algorithms have successfully overcome this challenge, enabling high-quality output even at high speeds.

Week after week, new machines boasting high speeds are being introduced to the market. However, not all companies seem to be racing to join the high-speed 3D printing revolution. Some companies have released what I would term “interim” machines, which are slightly faster than the standard equipment but not as fast as the top-of-the-line firmware-enabled speedsters. While these machines are not the fastest, they do indicate that these companies have an interest in high-speed 3D printing and are likely working on faster versions for future release.

On the other hand, there are companies that have not entered the high-speed race at all, and this raises concerns about their future in a world where high-speed 3D printers are becoming ubiquitous. I took a look at our list of the most well-known 3D printer brands, based on our survey from last year. Please note that this list may not be up to date, as it does not include newer brands like Bambu Lab that have emerged since the survey was conducted. Nevertheless, it provides some insight into the current state of high-speed interest among the listed companies.

As you can see, there is a significant level of interest in high-speed 3D printing, with approximately half of the companies offering some form of high-speed printer. The entries marked with stars indicate companies that have slightly faster machines or are working on firmware updates to achieve full speed. For example, Prusa Research has released their MK4 model, but the high-speed firmware is still in the alpha state and has not been officially released.

So what can we make of all this? It appears that high-speed printing is a technological hurdle that all desktop FFF 3D printer manufacturers must overcome. If a company fails to offer a high-speed printer within the next year, they run the risk of being left behind by their competitors in the industry. It is an exciting time for 3D printing enthusiasts, as we witness the shift towards faster and more efficient printing capabilities. Stay tuned for more updates on the high-speed 3D printing race!

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