Raise3D RMF500 3D Printer Overview

Anabelle Yearsdon
by Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Jun 24, 2022 7577

In November 2021, Raise3D introduced a new large-format 3D printer called RMF500, capable of handling carbon fiber-reinforced filaments with industrial precision and repeatability at high speeds. Let’s go through its specs and features and see what the machine is capable of.

Pros and cons
  • Independent dual extrusion system (IDEX)
  • Print speed up to 300 mm/s
  • Large build volume for industrial-scale printing
  • 330 °C extruder for printing with carbon fiber-reinforced materials
  • Filament chamber with humidity control accommodating 4 x 2.5 kg spools for non-stop printing
  • Industrial-grade precision and repeatability
  • No actively heated build chamber (although it is not required for printing with Raise3D CF-reinforced filaments)

 

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Specifications

Raise3D RMF500 3D printer
Assembly Fully-assembled
Connectivity Wi-Fi, LAN, USB port, Live camera
Display 13.3" touchscreen (1920 x 1080)
Extrusion system IDEX
Filament diameter 1.75 mm

 

Smart features

High speed and high volume printing

The RMF500 has a print volume of 500 x 500 x 500 mm and can reach print speeds of up to 300 mm/s, with 1000 mm/s travel speed and 2G acceleration at the print head.

In addition, the IDEX (independent dual extruder) system can run two print jobs at the same time, making the RMF500 even faster and more productive.

 

Accuracy

The RMF500 brings high accuracy and reproducibility into the workflow, expanding production capacity in several ways. With the upgraded motors and rails, the RMF500 can print with an accuracy of 0.001 mm in the X and Y axes. Meanwhile, it reaches 0.0009765 mm accuracy on the Z axis. Its feedback-based synchronized control with 1 μm positioning decreases speed fluctuations when loads change, further improving accuracy.

 

Compatibility with high-performance materials

The RMF500 was designed keeping in mind the demand for more sustainable prints with fiber-enhanced filaments, needed to produce more durable, heat-resistant and lightweight parts.

Raise3D's R&D team devoted a lot of effort to identifying the best materials to print stress-resistant end-use parts reliably and continuously. The result of these studies focuses on carbon-fiber reinforced filament with increased stiffness and reduced shrinkage rates, which does not require an active heated print chamber. The final parts made with these types of filament are lightweight yet extremely strong, making them a potentially ideal alternative to metal structures.

 

Non-stop printing

To ensure trouble-free printing, the RMF500 holds four large, multipurpose filament cartridges, with each cartridge having a maximum load of 2.5 kg, connected for automatic switching between spools and pressure and humidity control. The 3D printer can automatically switch between primary and secondary cartridges, reducing the amount of time spent during the print process.

A humidity control system keeps the threshold below 5%, preventing high exposure to external moisture.

 

Rugged construction

All hardware and load-bearing elements of the RMF500 are made of high quality hardened steel. The Z-axis can withstand a maximum load of 100 kg. The linear motor driven system has minimal play and does not require frequent maintenance. The Z-axis sag under high load, over the entire travel range, is estimated to be 50% lower than in other FDM 3D printers.

 

Print temperature

The maximum nozzle temperature of the RMF500 is 330 °C while the hotend is upgraded for printing composite fiber-infilled thermoplastics.

 

Controls and interface

The printer is controlled by a 13.3-inch touchscreen and equipped with a webcam for remote monitoring of the printing progress. Wi-Fi, LAN, and USB connectivity options are supported.

To prepare models for printing, Raise3D offers the proprietary ideaMaker slicer, which features high efficiency and a comfortable interface, streamlining the workflow.

 

Print samples

Check the following prints produced by the RMF500 with the proprietary high-performance materials.

And now take a closer look at the level of print quality the device is capable of.

 

Bottom line

The Raise3D RMF500 is a powerful tool for users who aim to expand their plastic production capacity with standalone carbon-fiber projects. Specifically geared for CF-enhanced thermoplastics and nylon, this latest addition to Raise 3D’s lineup is a great step towards making tougher and more demanding industrial-grade materials accessible to amateurs and professionals alike.

FAQ

Which Raise3D materials are recommended for the RMF500?
Raise3D has developed a range of high-performance fiber-reinforced composites fully compatible with the RMF500. As of now, the list of available filaments includes PA12 CF+, PPA CF, PET CF, PPA GF, and PET GF. The company is constantly adding new filaments to its portfolio, besides, you can print with certified third-party thermoplastics.
Does Raise3D produce support materials for fiber-reinforced filaments?
For carbon fiber-reinforced PA materials, Raise3D has developed PA12 CF Support break-away filament that can be easily removed, leaving the model surface smooth and clean. There are also PPA Support and PET Support break-away support materials for printing with industrial fiber-reinforced composites.
Can I print fiber-reinforced filaments with the default nozzles?
As the RMF500 is designed for industrial printing with fiber-reinforced materials, it is equipped with abrasion-resistant silicon carbide nozzles with a hardness of over 60 HRC, that can handle CF and GF-filled thermoplastics.
Anabelle Yearsdon
Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Jun 24, 2022
About the expert
A linguist by profession and 3D enthusiast by passion. Spirited researcher of existing and new AM technologies, inquisitive tester of various devices, and a true connoisseur of creative ways. In addition to digital manufacturing, Ana enjoys learning new things, cooking for her loved ones, and chilling in video games.
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