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Next-Generation 3D Printing (Temirbulatov): U.S. and Chinese Patents

3D printing has been around since 1984 and has grown to a $12 billion global industry! 3D printing (also known as “stereolithography”) is the process of creating a 3D (height, width, and depth) object layer by layer. A head passes back and forth (like the head on a printer), laying down coating after coating of material to create the object. The process is, of course, slow, but it is ideal for creating a one-off sample or prototype. And while the technology is cutting edge, it has limitations. With just a few exceptions, 3D printers are limited to using plastic to create objects – most commonly Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (or “ABS”) and Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (or “PETG”) – and that limits the strength, durability, and applications of 3D-printed objects.

This family of patents takes 3D printing to a new level of productivity by creating a modified extrusion pattern for the working material. A rotary piston extruder for a 3D printer head preheats polymers to a liquid form for extrusion of the working material. This enables printing at higher temperatures, and that increases adhesion, ensuring more accurate and precise extrusion of the material resulting in higher productivity and the ability to work with various polymers. The working material can be fed into the printer as either a thread or as granules.

During the operation of the extruder, the molten working material is sucked into the upper portion while it is extruded out from the lower part, providing a continuous supply of material to the construction surface. Since the working chamber is sealed, the extruder is able to work with various materials from liquid to paste such as ceramic, silicone, rubber, and two-component resins, as well as various melted metals. This patented rotary extruder significantly reduces both the cost of printing and the cost of equipment ownership.

U.S. Patent No. 11,285,666 and Chinese Patent 213055924 for a “Rotary piston extruder head for 3D printer” would be a strategic acquisition for any 3D printer manufacturer, and would enable the company to dramatically expand the materials that its 3D printers can use to create objects, dramatically expanding their applications and market appeal.

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