FireFly Consortium The FireFly 3D Printer
The FireFly 3D printer is the combination of multiple disruptive technologies that address the market’s current performance bottlenecks, primarily in terms of processor and command execution bandwidth and material flowrate. Additionally, the Firefly kinematics, flow control and closed loop feedback offers extremely reliable printing and excellent layer adhesion for high quality parts. The high-powered heating chamber and quick-change toolhead allows for the full spectrum of material support from basic PLA to advanced engineering polymers. The Firefly architecture was also designed for full customization and scalability, with the existing baseline efficiently integrating all the above features at a price comparable to competitors.
Custom electronics control board with closed loop feedback capabilities
Closed loop algorithm to detect and correct skipped steps of the motion system
Closed loop algorithm to improve the extrusion quality based on extruder pressure feedback
Light-weight custom HMI interface to interact with the printer
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