I would like to give our first impressions of the Fuse1+30W, which we put into operation 4 days ago.
Some posts by the user @LEADNAV gave us first insights into the device before we bought it. I would like to do the same here for forum members and interested parties.
Since the first posts were about specific problems, I wanted to open a new one on this topic.
So far, we have almost no complaints about the Fuse1+30W.
The installation was supposed to be done by a technician on site, but since we ordered at short notice before the Christmas holidays, the installation was only possible by video call this year.
We bought from a dealer in Germany and both the remote installation and support questions have been absolutely no problem so far. Our dealer already had experience with this type of installation and within an approx. 5 hour call on the first day and another approx. 1 hour call on the second day, all devices were set up, the first print job printed and post-processed and all initial questions answered.
As this is our first SLS device, we opted for a Starter Bundle, which includes all accessories in addition to the devices, as well as the Premium Services. So far, I would do this again.
For the time being, we are only using the PA12 powder, as we consider this to be sufficient for the time being. If not, it should be relatively easy to switch to PA12GF, as it is the same polymer base. Even though with the Fuse1+ we have the possibility to print under protective gas atmosphere for PA11CF, we hope that the other materials will be sufficient.
The decision to use the Fuse1+ instead of the Fuse1 is largely based on the higher printing speed and minor improvements within the printer. These are for example (according to our dealer) an improved material dosing system and a better spindle in the powder hopper which makes clumping less likely.
In the first four print jobs so far, there have been absolutely no problems and the results have been impeccable, with one minor exception.
The print quality is indeed absolutely impressive, although additional sanding is absolutely necessary. In my opinion, it is somewhat strange why Formlabs only recommends it, but does not offer it with a device itself. Since it fits in well with the rest of the ecosystem, we decided to start with the 2021 sandblasting cabin from Sinterit.
Already on the second print job, we tried to test the limits of the Fuse1+ and printed a possibly familiar figure. Here, the individual parts were printed and then assembled. The tolerances are a little too loose on the arms so that they fall out quite easily, but it shows the possibility of the printer.
What we have noticed so far during installation and working with the Fuse1+ is that some of the instructions and illustrations on the display are still based on the Fuse1. Since there are very slight construction differences between the machines, one or two things do not quite fit. You can still find your way around the pictures, but some points will have to be adjusted.
One small thing that we had to pass on to support for the time being is a problem with the light in the Fuse Sift. It does not work. But this is not a problem for the time being and I’m not worried that the support team won’t be able to help us.
So far, the devices have proven to be absolutely reliable with an industrial quality.
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