HONG KONG, China, Oct 4, 2019 – Peopoly launched its latest 3D printer, Phenom, a large format MLSA 3D printer that is fast and offers large format printing that is affordable for businesses and makers. Phenom’s applications include rapid prototyping to check shape across industries, on-demand manufacturing for custom one-off designs, small-batch productions, and medical applications. It is available for purchase on their website for $1,799 USD.
Unlike the brand’s previous printers in the Moai series (which use laser), Phenom uses the MSLA (LCD+LED) approach. The technology applies selective exposure to sensitive resin with lights masked by LCD.
“Many of our customers run production on their Moai printers and love the results, but need a printer that is faster and can produce a high volume of prints,” said Peopoly co-founder Mark Peng. “Phenom is much faster than our existing laser prints with a low price-point to make this technology accessible for more users and more applications. We’re excited to bring to the market the next generation of resin printers.”
MSLA is much faster than laser when printing a large object or a full plate of small objects because the entire layer is cured from resin. Laser and FDM plastic extrusion have to print point to point and are thus much slower. Peopoly’s customized light engine has even more light distribution than other printers using MSLA technology and a cooling system to improve print results while extending the life of the mask. The 12.5” 4k LCD panel size offers the optimal balance of resolution, print size, and affordability.
The modular design pioneered in Moai series allows for future upgrades to many areas of the system, extending the lifespan of the printer. The upgrade potentially covers new lighting system, new mask and new cooling system.
Peopoly will also offer engineering resins designed specifically for Phenom. These resins offer high impact resistance, high-temperature resistance, high precision or extra fast printing for industrial applications. The company has developed a special film processing technique that reduces the bond between the cured resin and the resin vat, improving the print success rate and quality. The processing can be applied to low cost common Teflon films, giving Phenom an advantage over other SLA printers.
Phenom offers a print volume of 10.9” x 6.1” x 15.7”. The speed is 500% faster than Form3 when printing full volume and has a pixel resolution of 72 um. “With Phenom, our customers can print custom designs of items like custom car parts, research tools, movie props, interior decorations, small-batch productions of miniatures, small run electronic casings, and jewelry, and medical applications including customized wearable items like braces for injured limbs, shoe inserts and surgical planning props,” added Peng.
“The biggest challenge is how one can build a large resin printer that can consistently produce professional prints and remains affordable for shops and makers,” said co-founder Raiz Lee. “After successfully delivering our Moai printers, we have a strong distribution network in place, and an even more experienced team, we’re in a perfect position to build the next generation of resin printer.”
Phenom is now available for retail at http://www.peopoly.net.
Peopoly is a Hong Kong-based company started in late 2016. They make hardware and consumables for stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing that is commonly known as resin 3D printing. They sell to 50 countries and partner with some of the top resellers in the business. The name Peopoly is derived from the slogan: Polymers for the people.