FREQUENTLY ASKEDQUESTIONS

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Where can I find detailed specifications for the Fusion3 F410 3d printer?

Fusion3 publishes the F410 3D printer specifications both on our product booklet and on our website.

If I print the same part on the F410, should I expect any different in print quality from part to part?

Our part quality is very consistent due to both the design of our F-Series platform and our strict manufacturing tolerances and quality assurance testing prior to shipping your printer. This has been proven out from our print farm, that produces parts for our manufacturing process and run 24/7.

How does the positional resolutions (20-300 micron Z, and 21 microns (X/Y) and minimum feature size (.5 MM2 ) translate into printed part resolutions?

The only numbers that matter are the z layer height range (20 to 300 microns) and the minimum feature size.   Z resolution is the thickness of each layer. Smaller layers usually look better, especially on curved surfaces.  But the part will take longer to build.

Z resolution is the thickness of each layer.  Smaller layers usually look better, especially on curved surfaces.  But the part will take longer to build. Important to note that two printers with the same “on paper” z resolution can make parts that look drastically different.  It’s possible for “high resolution” parts to look bad if the printer has poor X/Y repeatability (more on this in a minute).

Minimum feature size is how small a feature the printer can repeatedly make.  In our case we can make a stand-alone column about 0.5mm^2 in cross-section. Due to how FFF 3D printing works (draws like a pen plotter), there are some situations where small features or features with varying thicknesses (like a wall going from 3mm thickness to 0.5mm) is not going to behave like the user expects.  It’s important to check the toolpath preview in Simplify3D prior to printing to catch things like this.

What’s not captured in anyone’s specs is XY repeatability, and it’s probably the most important factor in making good looking parts.

XY repeatability works like this: I start at some point in XY space, say 100, 100.  And then execute a series of random moves of the print head all around the build envelope.  When I’m done, I tell it to return to 100, 100 and measure how close to the original point it is.  The closer we are, the better XY repeatability we have, and the better our parts will look. Poor XY repeatability can make the layers look slightly misaligned from one another.

What’s the range of print speeds for the F410?

The F410 can print at speeds ranging from 20mm/s to 250mm/s. The default speed for the F410 is 100mm/s.

What’s the speed of the first layer and what does it speed up to after that?

The first layer is printed at 1/2 of the normal print speed. Note that the quality of the first layer is very important to the quality of the print. The first layer needs to adhere well to the print bed and be smooth and even. The slower speed ensures that this layer is good. After the first layer, the F410 will automatically speed up to the selected print speed.

What is the fastest print speed the F410 can run at?

The F410 can print at a maximum speed of 250mm/sec.

What’s the impact on part quality when the F410 prints at 250mm/sec?

Fusion3’s proprietary motion control system is designed for high-speed printing. For many parts, there isn’t a noticeable quality change printing at higher speeds. When printing parts with many corners and small features at 200 or 250mm/s, you may see some “artifacting” in corners where the printer is slowing and then accelerating around the corner.

Why is the F410 default print speed 100mm/second? Does that need to change for different parts?

This speed provides the best combination of great quality with good print times with common materials. Printing slower than this provides some increase in surface smoothness and small feature resolution, but for most parts it is not noticeable. Speeds up to 250mm/s still provide very good print quality, but some “artifacting” can be seen, particularly where the print head slows and accelerates in corners and other direction changes. Higher print speeds are less appropriate for very small parts since the deposited plastic needs sufficient time to cool.

Can a user change print speed settings easily on the F410?

Yes, it’s quite easy to change the print speed settings on the F410. We provide presets (material profile) for each material that correspond to a setting that provides excellent print quality with reasonably quick print times (0.2mm layers, 30% infill, 100mm/s print speed). The customer has the capability to adjust all printing parameters including layer height, infill, speed, and support material generation as needed. There is minimal quality improvement to be gained by running slower than our standard print speed. However, lowering the layer height to 0.1mm will result in better quality output. Some materials such as Bridge Nylon are configured to run slower due to the material’s properties.

Does the F410’s bed have an auto leveling feature?

The F410 also features a new conductive, automatic bed leveling system that ensures the correct first layer height for every print. The process takes a total of 15 seconds.

What are the storage / connectivity options for the F410?

The F410 provides a high level of protection, eliminating the ability of someone to walk away with files on an external SD card, by providing a second, secure, storage device embedded in the 3D printer which users can only access through the F410’s password-protected network interface via Ethernet.

Can I control the F410 remotely over a network?

Yes, you can control the F410 remotely. The F410 has an onboard web server, that when connected using a standard web browser, allows you to upload files, monitor print progress, and manage your F410 remotely from anywhere on your network. The network can be accessed via Ethernet or WIFI (requires 3rd party adapter).

Why doesn’t the F410 have wi-fi built in?

Many of our customers are in large corporations, government, and the military and have strict rules around the security of devices. Many of these customers feel that having a wireless adapter built into the printer creates security vulnerabilities. Should you wish to connect your printer via wi-fi, please contact Fusion3 Support and they will help you select an inexpensive, external wifi adapter that is compatible with our printers.

How reliable is the F410? How do you test for reliability?

The F410 is one of the most reliable 3D printers on the market today. At any one time we have between 11 and 20 Fusion3 printers utilizing our F-Series platform, dedicated to printing the parts used to build new printers in our factory. These printers run between 16 and 24 hours per day, 5+ days per week. Two of these printers have been in service for over 20,000 hours of run time with only routine maintenance and some upgrades to the current configuration. This is equivalent to printing 10 hours per day, 5 days per week for 7 years.

What print surface is used with the F410?

The F410 print bed is a plain glass surface with special conductive tape placed at each of the 4 corners. We’ve tested every print surface imaginable, and found that glass is the best surface for the wide variety of materials we support. Glass is very flat, low cost, and is easily cleaned. And while it’s not completely impervious to damage, it is easily replaced if it does become damaged.

What kind of print head is used with the F410?

The F410 uses the E3D all-metal ‘Volcano’ hotend / print head. We tested several OEM print heads and selected the E3D product. It is a very reliable, long-lasting and high-performance hotend.

What nozzle diameter options are available on the F410?

The F410 default nozzle diameter is 0.4mm. If you have special needs that may require a different nozzle diameter, we do offer an additional 0.6mm nozzle print head and .8mm nozzle print head for purchase. The smaller the nozzle on the print head, the greater the detail, resolution, surface finish, and quality of the finished print. However, using the larger nozzles will significantly help cut down on print time.

Does changing nozzles cause misalignment?

With the F410, instead of changing nozzles, you swap out an entirely different print head that has the nozzle pre-installed to manufacturer specifications (heated repeatedly to 280*C and torqued to 20 lbs per square inch). This prevents any possible chance of misalignment. We ask that you do not disassemble the F410’s print heads. Fusion3 print heads are covered under your 3D printer’s 2 year warranty. Swapping the nozzle on an F410 print head will void the warranty for that print head.

What is the process of swapping print heads?

The process to swap print heads is simple and fast that does not require any special tools, other the ones provided to you in your accompanied tool kit. The process is detailed in the Fusion3 F410 operations manual found on our Manuals & Downloads page.

What type of extruder is used with the F410?

The F410 uses a Bowden style extruder where the filament feed mechanism is mounted in a fixed position to the printer frame. The filament is fed through a low-friction tube to the hotend where it is melted and then deposited on the print. The patent-pending F410 design provides precise control of the filament flow.

Does the F410 have filament detection?

Yes, Fusion3’s new 2.0 Extruder and updated internal controller provide even better print quality and near silent operation. The 2.0 Extruder’s ‘Filament Detection’ feature allows customers to resume prints should they run out of filament or experience a print jam. If the 2.0 Extruder detects a spool has run out of filament or there is a print jam, the printer will pause and home to the back left corner of the printer. The build plate will stay heated and you will be able to unload/load and resume from where the detection paused the print.

Do you offer a dual extruder version of the F410?

We have many customers request this, however, the 3D printing filament market still has not produced a reliable soluble support material that would justify the significant performance degradation that come from the increased mass of having 2 print heads.

What filament size and spool size can be used on the F410?

The F410 prints 1.75mm filament. Filament spools vary, however, we have found that most spools at or below 3.5kg will fit in the F410’s filament bay.

What is the electrical input / output of the F410?

The electrical input is 110V, 6A peak. The electrical out is 230V, 3A peak.

What is the max build volume of the F410?

The F410 has a max build volume of 1.38 cubic feet (14″x14″x12.4″).

How much space will I need for the F410?

The F410’s dimensions are 28.5 in X 30.5 in X 25.25 inches. The F410 technically qualifies as a ‘desktop 3d printer’, however, will take up much of any desk. Also, you will need additional clearance above the printer (approx. 60″ total) to allow for the door to swing open, upwards.

How much does the F410 weigh?

The F410 weighs 85lb/38.56kg, it requires two-person to lift.

Does the F410 have any kind of air filter if my workspace lacks adequate ventilation?

The F410 features an optional HEPA/Carbon Filter System that reduces smells and potentially hazardous emissions. The filter itself cost $49 and a pack of 6 Carbon / 6 HEPA filters is $30.

Does Fusion3 offer any type of stand, surface, or cart for the F410?

Yes, Fusion3 offers a cart for the perfect complement to your Fusion3 F410 3D printer, provides a stable, mobile platform and freeing up valuable desk space. The cart is truly heavy-duty featuring steel construction and durable industrial casters and large storage area. The cost is only $649 and the shipping price in the quote reflects the addition of this item.

Can Fusion3 printers work with flexible materials like Ninja-flex(TM)?

Fusion3’s F410 3D printer prints most flexible materials very well including those made from TPU, TPE, Nylon and PCTPE. We have found that NinjaTek’s Ninja-FlexTM material is the only prominent flexible material that does not work well with our printers. We have certified materials very similar to Ninja-flex that you can use as a substitute. Please contact our support team if you require assistance in identifying a flexible material for your particular application.

Attend A Live, Online Demo

Each week we host live, online webinars to demonstrate the capabilities and features of the F410 3D printer.

Over the course of 1 hour, we take you through the process of printing a part, from start-to-finish, and with 2 way audio, encourage you to ask questions along the way.

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