Resin/Tank Life Extension on Form 3 via software


#1

I find the limited life of the Form 3 resin trays problematic in terms of maintaining a library of the more interesting resins that wear out the resin tray faster. So I have a suggestion that might allow that to change through some software rather than a hardware solution.

At the completion of a print, the resin tray should tilt so that the resin flows into a region that isn’t covering the membrane window. The wiper could also run a couple of times to remove additional resin.

This “long-term storage” mode could dramatically prolong the lifecycle of a build tray by limiting resin exposure.

You might have to coordinate this with resin dispensing so that only enough resin for a print would be dispensed on a particular build to allow the wiper to store the remainder off to the tilted side.

A reservoir built into the tray might be something you guys could consider on a V3 version of the tray too.

Possibly the ability to change out the membrane every year would be highly desirable as well. It seems to be a massive waste to dispose of a highly refined object like a resin tray as well - maybe some sort of recycling program would be worthwhile for that too.

-Vik


#2

I fully agree to your interesting point. As a Product Designer, I am committed to sustainable Design and sustainable goods. Therefore, I am concerned about product life cycles in general. Naturally, not everything can be managed in once in a solutionistic manner, but it must be a goal to do so and to strive to improving wonderful ideas. Your thought to elongate the life time of the resin tank is possibly enabled by software fixations.
I hope as well for this and will adress this point in a webinar.
Thank you again and stay healthy.
With best regards
Beat