News 3D Printer Ilios Ray

by Demetris Zavorotnitsienko
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I am happy to announce the new 3D printer called Ilios Ray. Based on the feedback from current Ilios users as well as thinking completely outside the box, the 3D printer has been completely redesigned and fitted with features any other 3D printer would only dream about :)

The main idea behind Ilios Ray was to create a completely automated 3D printing experience where the resin is filled automatically, mixed with the pigments of your choice to create any color needed and after the build is done, remove the model automatically while Post-Curing it. All this is done inside the Slim body of the machine which can expand and collapse. The Ilios Ray 3D printer can clean it self through its liquid distribution system as well as fill up its cartridges with new resin or other chemical.

In essence the machine is a completely automated 3D printing laboratory, slimmer than any other 3D printer and yet can produce models within a very large build volume of 297 x 211 x 300mm, which is equivalent of an A4 x A4 paper size.

For more information about Ilios Ray, please visit the Ilios 3D Printer website and check out the Detailed description for the machine.

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Seasons - The story behind it

by Demetris Zavorotnitsienko
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snapshot.jpgWhen i begun working on the Ilios HD Kit i knew that the first model i was going to build with it had to be something special. There are tons of generic models out there which initially were made for simple extrusion type 3D printers and their resolution was quite low to begin with.

A custom model was needed, which was tailored for the Ilios Kit and would demonstrate its capabilities to the max. Simple solid objects are easily recreated since minimal supports are required and the model does not go through any stress while it is being built. I needed something that would be complex not only in terms of resolution, but in its shape as well, having twists and turns, which could make any software with automates supports inadequate.

Designing something creative isn't easy and definitely requires skill and talent. As a 3D designer i browse through most known channels where news about latest software and model innovations are posted. One of those posts cough my attention, which demonstrated the use of holographic 3D model presentations in a unique way and was called Rabbit Holes.

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Video, Documentation, Shipping and More!

by Demetris Zavorotnitsienko
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Seasons ModelAt-last, the hard part is behind us. The Ilios machine produced its first results. The initial build, seen in this image was a test not only for the functionality of the machine but also for its endurance since during the build there were lots of tests done, like adding weights to the build lift, messing with the motors and doing stress tests while the machine was working. Needless to say, even with all the interference while in build mode, the machine outperformed with flying colors.

To demonstrate the Ilios HD Kit in action, a video was posted, which shows how the Seasons model was built and what the end result was. The resolution of each layer was set to a relatively simple 0.1mm layer thickness, to save time and present first results as soon as possible. Even with low resolutions of layers however, the final model was more than what i expected and the material rigidity after curing was superb. This project definitely was worth all the sleepless nights, hard work and effort since now there is a worthy tool to accommodate the manufacturing needs of OSRC parts and generally any build that needs to be made. Having a 3D printing machine definitely lifts a large weight off my shoulders and opens up door to many new directions and opportunities when it comes to design and creation.

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