IMPRINTA Has Introduced the First 3D Printer for Printing with High-Temperature Materials

01 October 2020

The Russian IMPRINTA has introduced its proprietary Hercules G2a 3D printer, able to print products using high melting temperature materials. The device may be controlled from a remote computer connected to the Internet. The opportunity to order the new model is already available; the start of its sales in Russia is scheduled for the second half of October. IMPRINTA is a startup of SYGMA.Novosibirsk and SYGMA.Tomsk, an investment network of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.

The new printer model was created with the participation of the TechnoSpark’s TEN.Engineering Company. Serial production will be organized on the basis of TEN Fab, specializing in the production of high-tech products.

“An ideal 3D printer should print quickly and with high quality, be reliable, work 24/7 with a lot of materials, be convenient and easy to use. Finally, it should be modern pleasant-to-work-with technology with a wide range of functions. We made such a perfect printer. Hercules G2 is a personal printer with super-professional capabilities. It has nothing to do with the previous generation, it is a completely new word in the history of the company,” Artem Solomnikov, founder of IMPRINTA, said at an online presentation.

One of the key differences between Hercules G2 and the models of the same name line is the ability to print not only with plastic, but also with PEEK, PEKK, and Ultem materials, products from which can replace metal parts. Their use expands the list of productions for which 3D printing technology have become available. In particular, it will be used by enterprises to manufacture functional parts that replace worn assemblies or are necessary for the improvement of equipment, as well as for the development and creation of new assemblies and mechanisms.

The developers have equipped the printer with unique Diaprint software to create printing code and remote-control capabilities. The system allows the user to control the printer from both a desktop computer and any device connected to the Internet through an Internet browser. For easy control, the printer has a 7-inch display with proprietary Hercules Host software.

The performance of the new model has almost doubled compared to the previous one and reached 100 cm3 per hour. This was made possible with the use of professional components, including Nema 23 engine for XY, reinforced belt, 16mm guides on the Z axis and 12mm rail guides on the X-and Y-axis. The printer’s operating temperature is up to 410°C. The printer has a powerful blowing of the work area, as well as a lot of additional printing control sensors including material availability and supply control, printing deformation control.

The new model will go on sale in Russia in the second half of October 2020. It will complement the company’s range of personal 3D printers, which today includes Hercules models with a 200*200*200 mm work area, Hercules Strong—300*300*400 mm, and Hercules Strong Duo with a field of 300*300*400 mm and the ability to print using two materials at the same time.

Since 2014, IMPRINTA has been producing a range of Hercules 3D printers which have been regularly updated and equipped with new features. For its users, the company provides full technical and information support including testing of new materials, helping and advising on printing issues, and shooting training videos.

Hercules 3D printers are delivered to industrial enterprises, medical, and educational institutions. In particular, they are used at the Tonar machine-building plant, allowing to halve the time for the manufacture of prototypes. Energia CJSC, the pipeline fittings manufacturer, prints master models on the Hercules Strong model. The designer and manufacturer of High-End OPERLY audio components performs 3D printing of its own end products, including unique innovative solutions. The pilot chemical plant of the InKhimSintez company manufactures replaceable filters and receptacles, molds for casting gaskets, adapters, nozzles, and other products to replace original worn out elements.

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The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.

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The TechnoSpark Group of Companies, a part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, is involved in all aspects of venture creation: from establishing a start-up to its sale. The TechnoSpark Group of Companies is in the hardware industry, working in areas, such as robotics in logistics, energy storage systems, hi-tech medical equipment, diamond optics, braided composites, optical and industrial surfaces, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies and flexible electronics. The Group of Companies is in first place according to the National rating of Russia’s most effective technology parks and was included in the National Rating of Russian Fast-growing Technology Companies, TechUp 2019. It is also a part of the community of startup studios, the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).

For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru

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The SYGMA.Novosibirsk nanotechnology center is one of 15 nanocenters of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, a resident of the Technopark of the Novosibirsk Academpark Academic City.

The nanocenter creates serial tech companies from idea to sale of a ready-made business. The task of the nanocenter is to create as many viable technology companies as possible in the shortest possible time, and then sell them to industry participants.

As of the end of 2017, 75+ startups in 9 technological fields were developing in the Novosibirsk nanocenter: unmanned aerial vehicles, fiber optic systems, new energy, biotechnology, modified ceramics and metals, agricultural technologies, 3d printing, functional coatings, specialized chemistry, and the Internet of Things.

Boris Galkin is Director General of the SYGMA.Novosibirsk nanocenter.

The Novosibirsk nanocenter ranked third in the III National Rating of Technoparks in Russia in 2017, which provided a rating of the effectiveness of platforms for the development of high-tech companies. 

More about the nanocenter — www.sygma.ru