UK-based Photocentric was founded in 2002, specializing in the development of resin materials. It then moved into 3D printing and now has a range of professional resin printers. In June 2019, the company introduced the Liquid Crystal Magna, a large-format DLP 3D printer now available in a new, larger version. It is renowned for its high print volume and speed.
Key Features of the Liquid Crystal Magna 3D Printer
The Liquid Crystal Magna V2 offers a generous print volume of 510 x 280 x 350 mm and a resolution of 137 µm. It features an LCD screen that hardens successive layers of resin – offering 4K resolution and enabling a very large print area to be covered in a single pass.
Above all, the Liquid Crystal Magna V2 can create parts very quickly, with a printing speed of 16 mm/h: the manufacturer claims that the machine can design 36 spectacle frames in less than 12 hours, or 20 minutes per frame, or 46 gutter models in just 2 hours. Moreover, thanks to a touch screen, users can easily launch a print and monitor its status. The machine offers Wifi, Ethernet and USB connectivity. In addition, a new software integration enables communication with the machine tool OPC-UA (Umati).
Materials and Applications
The Liquid Crystal Magna V2 professional 3D printer has been designed for a wide range of applications, in sectors such as industrial tooling, orthopedics, podiatry and even dentistry, with the production of dental models. Offering a very high level of detail, it is ideal for small production runs and adapts easily to any working environment.
In terms of materials, the machine is compatible with the Daylight Magna resins developed by Photocentric. The company had also announced the launch of three new materials at the same time as the machine: Daylight High Tensile White and Hard Black for prototypes, Dental White for the production of orthodontic dental models and Concept Green for the creative industries to achieve greater depth in high-precision objects. As far as post-processing is concerned, the resins available are post-processed using ResinCleaner, a non-flammable, water-cleanable solvent.