A good print really depends on the quality of the filament and not just the machine and software
Netherlands (PRWEB) October 21, 2014
Netherlands based Cyrus printers is mostly known for its printers. This Dutch startup has now released a whole range of new filament which is cheaper compared to the rest of the market while at the same time keeping the quality high.
The process to make the new range of filament has taken some time to make it affordable to the public.
"We all know quality prints depend on three things. A rigid and good machine, proper slicing software and high quality filament." says Sasan Seyedi of Cyrus printers. "We knew in order to reach the full potential of the Cyrus printer we needed good filament. We tested over 20 filament companies and each time the problem became more obvious. Either the quality was low and so was the price, or the quality was good enough but the price was just too high to justify in our eyes."
They worked closely with a dutch company who specialises in bio plastic. This new range of filament will be available in 25 colours in PLA and ABS. Other materials which are also available is PVA, Nylon and Flexible filament and Bamboofill. At the moment the filament is only available in 1.75mm but they are considering to offer 3mm in the future.
"The tolerance of the filament is less than 0.05mm which is nothing compared what the market is offering at the moment." Seyedi states. "Cheap filament has normally a bigger tolerance that ranges between 0.1mm and 0.25mm. This big difference is key in printing at 150micron and lower. When you try to print at 100micron, your machine thinks it is pushing 1.75mm while in reality it is pushing 1.9mm filament or 1.6mm filament which will ruin the print."
An interesting note is that they are working on new polymers and testing materials to print which exceeds printing temperatures of most printers. Most printers print at maximum 280 celsius. They have succesfullly managed to print Teflon at 420 degrees and are in very early stage of trials with PEEK. The last couple years the market is full of plastic based filament, by shifting away from this mindset, this can possible open up new capabilities for the FDM printers in the future which other 3d printing technologies cannot compete at this price range.
The core business of Cyrus is not selling filament but it seeks to provide an open filament spool which everyone can use whether they have a Cyrus printer or not. This allows them to cut down on the final retail price as selling filament is not a form of a cashmachine but as an extra service to everyone who wants quality filament, according to the company. The pricing of the PLA/ABS is 19.99 euro's for a spool of 750grams. The PVA, glow in the dark, Flexible filament cost more because of the extra labour and material costs.