EnvisionTec launches Aria desktop 3D printer

EnvisionTec has announced a new entry-level desktop 3D printer, the Aria. It’s said to be suitable for desktop makers of jewelry, consumer goods such as toys and miniatures as well as some industrial parts.

The EnvisionTec Aria is a desktop DLP 3D printer that’s aimed at jewellery and light industrial use.

The Aria is a DLP printer that features an industrial-grade UV LED light engine, a dual-axis Z slide and a material tray built with optical glass instead of plastic. It has a build area of 65 x 40 x 100 mm. Z layer resolution can be set at 25, 35 or 50 microns, depending on material. It’s built on EnvisionTec’s Micro platform, and includes its software and firmware for greyscaling and optimal exposure strategy techniques as well as touchscreen operation.

It will take materials from other suppliers though those materials must be certified for use by EnvisionTec. There’s a choice of four materials from EnvisionTec itself. These include: EC500, a wax casting material suited to heavier jewellery pieces; PIC100, for castable parts with thin walls and intricate details; QView, for quick design verification; and RC90, a heat-resistant material containing ceramic for building tough, stiff parts with high resolution.

Al Siblani, CEO of EnvisionTec, says that the company has resisted the lower end of the market, adding: “Today, with the launch of Aria, we remain faithful to our mission of delivering a premium product, but at a more accessible price that gives users a taste of EnvisionTec’s outstanding quality.”

The Aria can be ordered online from EnvisionTEC.com/aria. It costs $6,999 and can be shipped to North America and Europe though you should allow up to six weeks for delivery.

There’s also an Aria curing box that can be used to post-cure parts to give them better strength and stability, which is essential for direct casting of parts. It features 36 LEDs that deliver light in the 390-420 nm wavelength range and a rotating turntable, for uniform curing of the resin. This costs $599.


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