Fluent switch between tools.
Extruder and milling tool.
Alternative printing and milling process.
Printing --> Milling --> Printing
High surface quality.
3D printing is one kind of additive process, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology usually ends with visible individual layers, in other words, a poor surface quality.
To improve it, you'll need another milling machine or make your current device capable of switching tools. Although some huge industrial manufacturing machines are capable of switching among up to 200 different tools, it may be better to fit it on a desktop.
The combination of 3D printing and CNC milling brings your ideas to life smoothly, fast and with acceptable surface quality.
Five-axis design offers you not only more flexibility and freedom, alternative 3D printing and milling process can also furtherly reduce the occurrence of interference. A surface can be milled before potential interferential structures being printed out.
Constant change between extruder and milling tool can be time-consuming and may damage the accuracy under misoperations. We managed to find a way to switch tools without manual operation.