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Welcome to Hyrel!

With literally thousands of materials to print on the Hyrel Printer, we have broken down the list of materials into logical groups based on their printing temperature and type of head used to print them.

If you are planning on using the heads which photoinitiate crosslinking, make sure you specify the correct wavelength of LED for your material.

A standard material printing data sheet has been created for materials that have been internally tested; you can access this data by clicking on the material name below.

Always be sure of what material you are using, and what will be off-gassed.

Software

All of our equipment is operated through our Repetrel software. For a more in-depth look, please see the Repetrel page.

Printers

As of Jul, 2016, Hyrel Printers are available in two models: Engines and Systems. The larger, faster Model 16A and the smaller, more precise Engine HR should be available in Aug, 2016.

All models use our Repetrel software and any Slicer (Slic3r support provided). Each model comes with a Windows Tablet PC. We operate our print heads via CANbus.

Testimonials

We are happy to share testimonials from the following institutions:

Comparison

The following chart compares and contrasts the various models:

Printer Model Comparison
Designation Model 16A System 30M Engine SR Engine HR
Target
Users
Commercial Manufacturing Laboratory Research Budget Research Biological Research
Image (Engine HR Image)
Placement
Mechanism
Floor Model
Gantry Design
Countertop Model
Knee Design
Desktop Model
Knee Design
Desktop Model
Knee Design
Exterior Dimensions,
XxYxZ
47.25x34.5x55 in
1200x875x1400 mm
34x16x32 in
565x405x810 mm
13x21x22 in
330x530x560
13x24x22 in
330x600x560
Power
Requirements
15A / 110VAC / 60 Hz
8A / 220VAC / 50Hz
10A / 110VAC / 60 Hz
5A / 220VAC / 50Hz
10A / 110VAC / 60 Hz
5A / 220VAC / 50Hz
10A / 110VAC / 60 Hz
5A / 220VAC / 50Hz
Build Volume 16x12x11 in
400x300x275 mm
*Opt 24x16x24 in
*Opt 600x400x600 mm
8x8x8 in
200x200x200 mm
8x8x8 in
200x200x200 mm
4x4x4 in
100x100x100 mm
X/Y
Speeds
100-4000 mm/min 100-2000 mm/min 100-2000 mm/min 1-1500 mm/min
Enclosure Heated Enclosed
*Opt Heated
Unenclosed Unenclosed
Motion Control 3-Phase with
Closed-Loop Feedback
0.9° Stepping Motor 0.9° Stepping Motor 0.9° Stepping Motor
Positional Resolution
X/Y/Z in μm
<5 / <5 / 1 <5 / <5 / 1 <5 / <5 / 1 1 / 1 / 1
Repeatable Accuracy
X/Y/Z in μm
<20 / <20 / <5 <20 / <20 / <5 <20 / <20 / <5 <5 / <5 / <5
Precise X/Y Output
for Bioplots
100 μm lines
200 μm spacing
100 μm lines
200 μm spacing
100 μm lines
200 μm spacing
50 μm lines
100 μm spacing
Precise Z output
for Bioplots
25 μm layers 25 μm layers 25 μm layers 10 μm layers
Cold Flow
Options
All EMO, COD, SDS, CSD, DSD and SMH Heads
Warm Flow
Options
All VOL, VCD, KRA and KCD Heads
Hot Flow
Options
All MK1 and MK2 Heads
Low Power
Laser Options
5w, 808nm, AlGaAs Diode and/or 6w, 450nm, GaN Diode
High Power
Laser Options
40w ~10 μm, CO2
80w, ~10μm, CO2
Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
Other Options Spindle Tool
Quiet Storm
Spindle Tool
Quiet Storm
Microscope
Spindle Tool
Quiet Storm
Microscope
Quiet Storm
Microscope

The Model 16A

The Model 16A has hard resolution (with encoder feedback) of 20 microns in the X and Y, and 0.8 microns in the Z in standard mode. In microstepping mode, we can achieve soft resolution of 4 microns in the X and Y. It comes standard with two tool positions, but can take additional yokes to handle more.


The base model has a 400mm x 300mm x 300mm (X/Y/Z) build volume.

In addition to our Hyrel interchangeable heads and accessories, the following configurations may be ordered:

  • Upgrade to 600mm x 400mm x 300mm (X/Y/Z) build volume - Big X/Y.
  • Upgrade to 400mm x 300mm x 300mm (X/Y/Z) build volume - Big Z.
  • Upgrade to 600mm x 400mm x 300mm (X/Y/Z) build volume - Big X/Y/Z.
  • Add a CO2 laser - specify 40w or 80w.

The Systems

Systems are enclosed models. Systems can take up to four heads at once, either working cooperatively on a one print, or making duplicate copies of a small print at the same time. Build volume for the System 30M is 225mm x 225mm x 200mm (X/Y/Z). Detailed information is on the Systems page.

The Engines

Engines are open-air models. Engines can take up to four heads at once, either working cooperatively on a one print, or making duplicate copies of a small print at the same time. Build volume is 200mm x 200mm x 200mm (X/Y/Z). Detailed information is on the Engines page.

The Cold Flow Process

Cold Flow is our term for fluid or emulsified (non-filament-based) materials which are deposited at room temperature, with or without UV Crosslinking.

Materials for Cold Flow

The following materials can be printed from Cold Flow heads. Note that more viscous materials may not be suitable for plastic syringes or smaller luer tips.

Heads for Cold Flow

Cold Flow is available through the following heads:


The following table compares the properties of the various Cold Flow heads:

Cold Flow Head Properties
Head Container Capacity Nozzle UV Crosslinking
EMO-25 Aluminum 25cc 1.5mm, 2.0mm, Luer No
COD-25 Aluminum 25cc Luer Yes
SDS-5 Syringe 05cc Luer No
CSD-5 Syringe 05cc Luer Yes
SDS-10 Syringe 10cc Luer No
CSD-10 Syringe 10cc Luer Yes
SDS-30 Syringe 30cc Luer No
CSD-30 Syringe 30cc Luer Yes
SDS-60 Syringe 60cc Luer No
CSD-60 Syringe 60cc Luer Yes

Research Papers Citing Hyrel Cold Flow

The Warm Flow Process

Warm Flow is our term for fluid or emulsified (non-filament-based) materials which are deposited at up to 150°C, with or without UV Crosslinking, depending on the head.

PCL and other medium temperature material can be printed directly from Pellets the size of small peas. If you pulverize or powder your polymer, it is possible to pre-mix the material dry and test different alloys of plastics.

Materials for Warm Flow

The following materials can be printed from Warm Flow heads. Note that more viscous materials may not be suitable for plastic syringes or smaller luer tips, or may print more easily at higher temperatures.

Heads for Warm Flow

Warm Flow is available through the following heads:

The following table compares the properties of the various Warm Flow heads:

Warm Flow Head Properties
Head Max Temp Container Capacity Nozzle UV Crosslinking
VOL-25 100°C Aluminum 25cc 1.5mm, 2.0mm, Luer No
VCD-25 100°C Aluminum 25cc Luer Yes
KRA-15 150°C Stainless 15cc 1.5mm, 2mm, Luer No
KCD-15 150°C Stainless 15cc Luer Yes

The Hot Flow Process

Hot Flow is our term for filament-based materials which are deposited at up to 450°C, depending on the head. As of January, 2016, our Hot Flow heads are only for 1.75mm filaments.

Materials for Hot Flow

The following materials can be printed from Hot Flow heads. Note that depending on the characteristics of your material, one head will be a better match than the others. See the "Recommended For" column in the table below.

Heads for Hot Flow

Hot Flow is available through the following heads:

The following table compares the properties of the various Hot Flow heads, including which heads are recommended for which materials. The MK1 heads drive matieral from one side, with a spring-loaded bearing system to maintain pressure and positioning. The MK2 heads drive the material from both sides, and are designed for more flexible filaments.

Hot Flow Head Properties
Head Min Temp Max Temp Filament Type Nozzle Recommended For
MK1-250 150°C 250°C Standard .35mm, .50mm, .75mm, 1.0mm ABS, LayBrick, LayWood, Nylon, PET, PETG, PETT, PLA, PP, PVA, T-Glase
MK2-250 150°C 250°C Flexible .35mm, .50mm, .75mm, 1.0mm BendLay, FilaFlex, Flex45, NinjaFlex, PlastInk Rubber
MK1-450 250°C 450°C Engineering .50mm PC, PEEK

Research Papers Citing Hyrel Hot Flow

Lasers

Hot-swappable Lasers are available in the following configurations:

  • The LA5-808 is 5W at 808nm, and due to its wavelength, it is best suited for darker material.
  • The LA6-450 is 6W at 450nm, and performs well on opaque material of any color.

The Reflectivity and Transparency or Translucency of your material will have a great impact on the effectiveness of the laser. Safety glasses are included with each laser.

Spindle Tools

Intended for light drilling and routing operations (especially circuit board work), the ST1 provides between 500 and 5000 RMP (depending on load) to a 1/8" chuck. Our Repetrel software can process Gerber and DRL files for the Spindle Tool and/or the Lasers.

Other Heads

The following accessories each take up a tool position while performing more passive functions:

  • The Inspector microscope provides magnification.
  • The Quiet Storm fan provides additional cooling.
  • The Digitram, provided with every printer, is used to level the build surface.

Non-Head Accessories

The following non-head accessories are also available:

  • The Feed Chamber Cooling Fan mounts on Hot Flow heads to provide additional cooling to the feed chamber. This is desirable with low temperature filaments like PLA.
  • The Printer Support Kit is included with every printer, and includes a build plate, blue tape, and a variety of handy tools like tweezers, razors, and a spatula.
  • The Software Developer's Kit provides hardware, software, and the source code for developing your own firmware for your own compatible heads.
  • The Luer Tip Kit provides an EMO to Luer adapter and a variety of luer lock needles.
  • The Syringe Kit provides syringes in quantity.
  • The Drill Bit Kit provides an assortment of drilling bits and end mills for the Spindle Tool.
  • The Filament Kit provides...