Industrial safety systems
Zortrax Endureal has 17 built-in sensors working in real-time to guarantee seamless operation in high-tech manufacturing and product development projects.
|Height (Z)||Width (X)||Depth (Y)|
|300 mm||400 mm||300 mm|
|11.8 in||15.7 in||11.8 in|
PEEK for 3rd gen additive manufacturing
in high-tech industries
High-temperature polymers like PEEK are used to fabricate parts with advanced characteristics like:
Excellent thermal properties
PEEK can withstand thermal-cycling in vacuum chambers used for space-qualification tests.
PEEK samples have been exposed to 500 cycles of heating up to 130 °C and cooling down to -70 °C with no adverse effects on their mechanical or chemical properties.
PEEK parts are also confirmed to consistently withstand over 10 cycles of cooling down to cryogenic temperatures as low as -196 °C.
High wear resistance
PEEK’s wear resistance has been confirmed to be sufficient for PEEK/stainless steel gear pairs working at 1600 rpm for over 22 million cycles under 1 Nm load. PEEK is also strong enough for PEEK/metal sliding systems operating in both atmospheric and vacuum conditions. High wear resistance leads to limited debris accumulation in PEEK medical devices like joint replacement implants.
High radiation resistance
In the MPAC & SEED experiment on the International Space Station, PEEK samples withstood 46 months of exposure to Low Earth Orbit environment. Prior to launch, samples passed multiple irradiation ground tests including atomic oxygen bombardment and UV exposure. PEEK is also resistant to gamma rays.
Great strength to weight ratio
PEEK parts offer mechanical properties comparable to aluminum at much lower density and therefore weight. JAXA engineers estimated that replacing aluminum with PEEK in spacecraft parts can lead to 10%-30% of weight penalty reduction depending on the amount of shielding necessary in a given mission.
Biocompatibility of PEEK has been proven in multiple in vitro and in vivo studies dating back to 1987. The material is biologically inert in both hard and soft tissues, non-toxic, not carcinogenic, and exhibits no mutagenicity. PEEK medical devices can be sterilized at high temperatures in autoclaves and with gamma ray irradiation.
Endureal has an advanced dual-extrusion system capable of printing high-temperature filaments with soluble support structures. The extruder components and filament cables are thermally shielded from the build chamber by an elastic insulator with pore size smaller than the mean free path of air particles to achieve lowest possible thermal conductivity.
Designed for processing challenging materials like PEEK or CFR filaments, Endureal can also work with a wide range of cost-effective filaments like Z-ULTRAT Plus, Z-NYLON, or Z-PCABS. The printer supports both single and dual-extrusion modes.
Heated aluminum build-platform
Endureal has an aluminum build platform that can heat up to temperatures enabling processing of high-performance polymers. Easily switchable build plate made of ferritic steel covered with a PEI film is attached to the build platform to ensure proper adhesion of all supported filaments. Switchable build-plates are fairly elastic to make model removal easier and faster which is important in high-volume production.
Wide range of materials supported by Zortrax Endureal makes it possible to go from early low-cost prototypes to the final high-performing part using one manufacturing device.
Easy to implement and run
Being a full-fledged industrial machine, Endureal can be implemented as easily as Zortrax desktop-class 3D devices. Intuitive user interface and software with carefully tuned settings predefined for each dedicated filament make Endureal ready to work at full capacity from day one. The ease of implementation extends further into running the printer due to business continuity kit containing everything necessary for fast and efficient in-house maintenance.