LumiFold has been our first revolutionary 3D Printer. Presented in 2013, it started our quest for a compact, even portable, resin-based 3d printer.
We believe that, in a way similar to the evolution of computers from big mainframes to compact personal computers, compactness will help 3D printers to become more and more adopted.
There are several advantages of having a 3D printer that is compact, even portable: it takes up little space, it is easier to share it and it opens the way for interesting scenarios.
Such as a teacher who can bring a 3D printer in his suitcase and print 3d models during his lessons; or doctors that during a conference can make 3D printed parts for colleagues, or patients, showing the part where they intend to operate. Possible scenarios do include also live presentations for jewelry or fashion companies, in which it would be possible to go to the presentation with your 3D printer and create for the customer, or with the customer, a prototype.
Even in developing countries, a machine capable of 3D printing with great precision, but easy to transport, can be not only helpful but a radical step forward for medical care in emergency areas; a more compact 3D printer also means that it can be integrated in other systems, or that in the same space of a conventional 3D printer, more functions can be added. We developed a unique mechanism for the Z-axis of a 3D printer that allows to design extremely compact machines for fast prototyping.
Its most interesting feature is that the total height of the 3D printer, when closed, is smaller than the maximum height of the 3D printed part, as it expands while printing. This system can be integrated in different types of 3D printers and is now patented.
In the last years we have seen many innovations in the way the resin is cured, but the mechanical lifting system is mostly unchanged; we think New LumiFold solution can be a disruptive innovation that will change completely the way 3D printers are conceived and designed.