Vienna-based Cubicure GmbH has specialized in the additive manufacturing of plastic parts since 2015. Worth mentioning is the company’s patented hot lithography technology. It uses a patented process called “Hot Lithography”, which is considered to fall under the category of photopolymerization. In terms of 3D printers, Cubicure offers the Caligma in addition to the Cerion. Unlike the Cerion, which is used for industrial applications, the Caligma has been designed for small batch and prototype production using high-performance polymers.

Features of the Caligma Printer

With a 405 nm laser scanning system, parts as small as 200 x 100 x 285 mm³ can be accurately produced at high speed. The laser spot size is 20 µm FWHM – i.e. half-width – and therefore temperatures during the process of up to 120 °C can be achieved. As mentioned, the technology used is the company’s patented Hot Lithography, a laser-based 3D printing process which allows for the removal and coating of high viscosity resins. Although the high process temperatures can affect various characteristics of the material, such as robustness and reactivity, it is still possible to simultaneously ensure a high-precision end product using this methodology.

From the aforementioned high-viscosity resins, the Caligma can be used to print durable plastic products that are also resistant to heat. Applications are varied, but include mobility, electronics and medical. In addition, its compact size will allow the machine to be integrated into many work environments.

When you are satisfied with the prototype you have made and want to produce it on a large scale, the Caligma system can be combined with Cerion’s system. This allows for mass production of the desired product without additional work, which is very convenient for customers who want to stay in the ecosystem and use one company for multiple needs.