Atomstack Launches 3D Printer for Thermoplastic Rubber

This new desktop FDM 3D printer is a tool capable of producing virtually any end-use rubber product as well as handling traditional 3D printing tasks.

This new desktop FDM 3D printer is a tool capable of producing virtually any end-use rubber product as well as handling traditional 3D printing tasks.

Atomstack, a China-based 3D printing company, has launched Cambrian, a 3D printer for thermoplastic rubber filament. This new desktop FDM 3D printer is a tool capable of producing virtually any end-use rubber product as well as handling traditional 3D printing tasks. Atomstack Cambrian is available now on Kickstarter.

With Atomstack Cambrian, users can print in thermoplastic rubber (TPR). This material lets users create virtually any end-use rubber product such as shoes, lattices, sporting goods, medical devices, prototypes and more. Cambrian uses a swappable extruder design—including one extruder for traditional filaments and one specially designed extruder for TPR.

“For years, the FDM 3D printing industry has been trying to develop a reliable way to print with rubber-like filaments. This has been difficult for a number of reasons including the fact that highly elastic filament materials are prone to jamming. To solve these problems, we had to rethink the entire process. We began by designing a new 2.85mm direct extruder design that eliminated nozzle jams, then we developed special rubber filament TPR with a high elasticity (50-70A hardness) and resiliency ( >50%) capable of accurately and reliably printing virtually any end-use rubber products,” says Jason Li, Atomstack CEO.

Cambrian has an all-metal framework of anodized aluminum alloy with a specially designed patterned glass hotbed platform that keeps the extruded filament warm to prevent warping. The compact, desktop design keeps all control cables hidden and all major components are made of high-strength aluminum. Cambrian's 4.3-in. touchscreen LCD is an easy-to-use control panel. Users can precisely control the temperature of the hotbed and extruder, set printing parameters, and see print previews.  

Atomstack Cambrian gives users versatility to print with any traditional FDM 3D filament such as PLA, TPU, TPE, ABS and PETG. 

Atomstack Cambrian is available now. Learn more here. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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