Phoseon UV LED curing technology is a perfect fit for 3D printing and additive manufacturing due to the compact size, ease of integration, and high intensity output achieved through optimized thermal management of the LEDs. LED technology allows users to cure heat-sensitive materials offering new revenue opportunities for printers.
3D UV printing is an additive process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape directly from a digital model. One type of 3D printing uses ‘material jetting’ where successive layers of liquid material are laid down to create the 3D shapes. As each layer is printed, the material is cured by a UV source to immediately turn it into a solid. 3D UV printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling.
3D printing technology is used for both rapid prototyping and production manufacturing with broad applications across many diverse fields. A wide variety of materials are available that yield different mechanical properties in the final printed object. Objects are printed directly from computer models, avoiding the need to first make tooling or final machining of parts.
The small form factor of UV LED technology enables smaller printing machines as well as the ability to print with a larger range of materials. This is due to the reduced heat generated by LEDs versus traditional UV curing sources. During the process of 3D printing, each layer must be cooled and cured immediately after it is jetted. UV LED curing technology offers advanced capability, and can be used for the UV 3D printing of jewelry, footwear, prototypes, automotive parts and many other applications.