On June 30th a new technology company named Orangemaker introduced it's new patent pending technology, Heliolithography (HL) in the form of the Helios One 3D Printer. So what is Heliolithography and how does it differ from FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and SL (Stereolithography) technologies that already exist?
Sometimes, to innovate forward,
you must change direction.
Heliolithography resembles Stereolithography, and it still uses UV light to solidify liquid resin into a solid. Heliolithography then takes it to a whole new level, by printing continuously from layer to layer, as opposed to having to stop between each layer. What? YES, finally the answer to the question we all have been asking "Why does it have to stop between each layer? It would save so much time!". While we have yet to see this printer in action in the flesh, we are hopeful that it will deliver the long awaited faster print times, a higher quality print and much needed reliability. It also claims to provide a wider variety of superior print materials to choose from.
3D Printing is continuing to make significant advancements and is constantly evolving, however it still has left a lot to be desired in terms of slow printing, low quality prints, and unreliable printing. The Orangemaker's new Helios™ One 3D Printer is designed to change all that. Their target audience is focused on the Prosumer or anyone interested in higher quality 3D Printing. The Helios One 3D Printer will hit desktops as soon as 2015.
"Quite simply, we’ve found a way to streamline efficiency, design, and material economy in 3D printing, a medium that has hitherto suffered from restrictions on variables such as size, speed, and availability of materials.
We’ve reached an ideal—greatly expanding functionality while achieving elegance and simplification through design and engineering.— Kurtis Dudley, Inventor