Farsoon Flight Industrial 3D Printers Review

In this review, we will take a deeper dive into the Farsoon Flight series of industrial 3D printers, which print with polymer materials using SLS technology.

 

About Farsoon

Dr. Xu Xiaoshu, founder and chairman of Farsoon Technologies

Farsoon Technologies is a leading Chinese company that manufactures industrial laser sintering and fusion systems for 3D printing with fine metal and polyamide powders. The company was founded in 2009 by Dr. Xu Xiaoshu, using all the knowledge he acquired as CTO at DTM Corporation, later renamed as 3D Systems.

DTM was a pioneer in SLS 3D printing. With over twenty years of unique experience in the industry, Dr. Shu has become the world's leading expert in selective laser sintering (SLS) and melting (SLM) technologies, and has built a team of qualified specialists in all areas required in the development and production of industrial additive equipment.

Farsoon Technologies has offices in North America, Europe and China, as well as representatives around the world.

 

Farsoon Flight features

Farsoon Flight features include:

  • Use of unique, complex and high-temperature composite 3D printing materials
  • More powerful emitter than in other models. A solid-state laser is used, as in devices for printing metals with SLM technology
  • Enhanced printed parts durability
  • Excellent performance

Flight technology, also known as Fiber Light, is a 3D printing process that utilizes a fiber laser that provides greater performance than diode and CO₂ lasers. The fiber laser is not only more powerful, but also has a longer lifespan  compared to gas tubes.

The increased power allows processing a vast array of materials, including composite and high-temperature materials, and accelerates the sintering of each layer.

The Farsoon Flight 252 lineup of 3D printers is equipped with a 300 watt fiber laser, while the 403 series boasts a more potent 500 watt laser. The beam moves over a layer of material during printing at a speed of up to 15–20 m/s.

 

Farsoon Flight 403P lineup

Farsoon Flight SS403P 3D printer 

Farsoon Flight SS403P 3D printer
  • Build cylinder size 400 x 400 x 450 mm (high-cylinder option: 400 x 400x 540 mm)
  • Inert gas protection Nitrogen
  • Laser spot size Approx. 70 μm contour, Approx. 500 μm fill
  • Layer thickness 0.06–0.3 mm
  • Manufacturer Farsoon
  • Max. chamber temperature 190 °C
  • Max. scanning speed 20 m/s
  • Operating ambient temperature 22–28 °C
  • Operating system(s) Windows 10 64 bit
  • Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 2470 x 1500 x 2145 mm
  • Printable materials FS3300PA-F, FS3401GB-F, FS3201PA-F, LUVOSINT® TPU X92A-1064 WT, more materials to come
  • Software BuildStar, MakeStar
  • Supported file format(s) STL
  • Technology SLS
  • Scanner Type High-precision three-axis digital galvo system
  • Laser Type Fiber laser, 1 x 500W
  • Power Supply EUR/China: 380–400V, 50/60Hz, three-phase; US: transformer sold with machine
  • Weight 3000 kg

The Flight SS403P 3D printer is a standard model featuring the basic Flight series parameters, which are nevertheless quite impressive. Due to its increased scanning speed of up to 20 m/s, the machine provides extremely fast sintering resulting in accelerated manufacturing. Thus, the SS403P model is capable of producing two complete assemblies covering the area of 400 x 400 x 450 mm in a single business day. Furthermore, the machine can be pre-ordered with a high-cylinder option offering a larger build volume of 400 x 400 x 540 mm.

As for print quality, a high-precision 3-axis digital galvo system inherent to the series is characterized by improved accuracy with feature details of 0.3 mm. In combination with a robust and stable laser as well as even energy distribution to the material, the SS403P 3D printer can make strong and highly accurate parts with greater density in a really short time.

  

Farsoon Flight HT403P 3D printer

Farsoon Flight HT403P 3D printer
  • Build cylinder size 400 x 400 x 450 mm (high-cylinder option: 400 x 400x 540 mm)
  • Inert gas protection Nitrogen
  • Laser spot size Approx. 70 μm contour, Approx. 500 μm fill
  • Layer thickness 0.06–0.3 mm
  • Manufacturer Farsoon
  • Max. chamber temperature 220 °C
  • Max. scanning speed 20 m/s
  • Operating ambient temperature 22–28 °C
  • Operating system(s) Windows 10 64 bit
  • Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 2470 x 1500 x 2145 mm
  • Printable materials FS3300PA-F, FS3401GB-F, FS3201PA-F, LUVOSINT® TPU X92A-1064 WT, more materials to come
  • Software BuildStar, MakeStar
  • Supported file format(s) STL
  • Technology SLS
  • Scanner Type High-precision three-axis digital galvo system
  • Laser Type Fiber laser, 1 x 500W
  • Power Supply EUR/China: 380–400V, 50/60Hz, three-phase; US: transformer sold with machine
  • Weight 3000 kg

The Farsoon Flight HT403P 3D printer differs from the SS model in terms of the consistent print chamber heating temperature. In contrast to the original’s 190 °C, it can reach up to 220 °C. Both machines are engineered with a multi-zone heater and smart thermal control systems, which allows them to work with a wide range of demanding materials. Thanks to intelligent software with flexible settings and manifold handy functions, such as real-time continuous monitoring and surface temperature optimization, the printing process is fully controlled and brought to the highest quality level.

 

Farsoon Flight 252P lineup

Farsoon Flight ST252P 3D printer

Farsoon Flight ST252P 3D printer
  • Build cylinder size 250 x 250 x 320 mm
  • Inert gas protection Nitrogen
  • Layer thickness 0.06–0.3 mm
  • Manufacturer Farsoon
  • Max. chamber temperature 280 °C
  • Max. scanning speed 15 m/s
  • Operating ambient temperature 22–28 °C
  • Operating system(s) Windows 10 64 bit
  • Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 1735 x 1225 x 1975 mm
  • Printable materials FS3300PA-F, FS3401GB-F, FS3201PA-F, LUVOSINT® TPU X92A-1064 WT, more materials to come
  • Software BuildStar, MakeStar
  • Supported file format(s) STL
  • Technology SLS
  • Scanner Type High-precision digital galvo system
  • Laser Type Fiber laser, 1 x 300W
  • Power Supply EUR/China: 380–400V, 50/60Hz, three-phase; US: transformer sold with machine
  • Weight 2100 kg

The Farsoon Flight ST252P is a powerful machine based on the new company’s technology, which is more compact compared to the 403P series in regards to its build volume: it is 250 x 250 x 320 mm in contrast to the latter’s 400 x 400 x 450 mm. Another slight difference is the scanning speed reduced to 15 m/s. Nevertheless, the given device is superior to the bigger machines in terms of its maximum build chamber temperature, which is able to achieve 280 °C, opening up new opportunities when dealing with high-performance materials.

Otherwise, the ST252P is not inferior to the 403P machines. The basic features of the Flight series are retained: a potent fiber laser with a smaller spot size and increased longevity, dynamic optical system, open parameters providing smart customization and precise machine control, user-friendly interface, multi-zone heater and comprehensive temperature control ensuring low risk of part’s deformation during printing.

 

Farsoon Flight HT252P 3D printer

Farsoon Flight HT252P 3D printer
  • Build cylinder size 250 x 250 x 320 mm
  • Inert gas protection Nitrogen
  • Layer thickness 0.06–0.3 mm
  • Manufacturer Farsoon
  • Max. chamber temperature 220 °C
  • Max. scanning speed 15 m/s
  • Operating ambient temperature 22–28 °C
  • Operating system(s) Windows 10 64 bit
  • Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 1735 x 1225 x 1975 mm
  • Printable materials FS3300PA-F, FS3401GB-F, FS3201PA-F, LUVOSINT® TPU X92A-1064 WT, more materials to come
  • Software BuildStar, MakeStar
  • Supported file format(s) STL
  • Technology SLS
  • Scanner Type High-precision digital galvo system
  • Laser Type Fiber laser, 1 x 300W
  • Power Supply EUR/China: 380–400V, 50/60Hz, three-phase; US: transformer sold with machine
  • Weight 2100 kg

The Farsoon Flight HT252P is similar to the previously described model in all aspects except for the build chamber temperature, which does not exceed 220 °C. Despite this limitation, it is a generally capable and efficient machine offering the best of the Flight series, including enhanced software potential expressed in multiple advanced functions, such as 3D visualization, automated diagnostic procedures, etc. Like any Farsoon device, the HT252P makes use of an open parameter system, which allows the user thoroughly control build settings through a clear, streamlined interface that comes in two modes — Production and Expert — depending on your skills and purposes.

With improved scanning algorithms, decent durability, and ability to effectively process small-to-medium-sized parts as well as batches of prints, which significantly speeds up the production cycle and reduces the cost per unit, the Farsoon Flight 3D printers guarantee a high ROI regardless of the model chosen.

 

Farsoon Flight series applications

Industries of application

The main areas of application of Farsoon Flight 3D printers are:

  • Creation of durable plastic parts with desired properties
  • Production of molds for casting
  • Fashion and interior design
  • Aerospace 
  • Automotive
  • Shipbuilding
  • Medical

Given the opportunities that 3D printing provides when using various polymer, composite, ultra-strong and high-temperature materials, the list above can hardly be considered complete, because such equipment can be used literally in any industry.

  

Application examples

Lattice design. Minimum wall thickness of 23 µm. Material: FS 3200PA-F. Printed on the Flight HT403P

Rear view mirror housing. Material: FS6140GF

Radiator prototype

Engine cover prototype

Fuse box prototype

 

Bottom line

In a world where complicated and intricate designs drive industries forward, Farsoon’s Flight series can offer a leading edge to businesses in need of fast, reliable, and economically viable additive manufacturing. With a vast array of build volumes, available materials and ease of integration, Farsoon can deliver larger and more complex projects faster, simplifying the workflow for creating and producing new designs. In the long run, Farsoon technologies can provide the desired cost savings and limited production timelines needed to keep your business at the frontline of the market.

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