Lines for the production of fibers (filaments) that are intended for use in 3D printers are characterized by high linear speeds, precision and dimensional accuracy, energy efficiency and intuitive operation while maintaining large control possibilities of the entire process.
In order to produce a filament, you need to use a plastic in the form of granules, melt and plasticize it, form a continuous filament from the melted plastic, and then on a spool. It may seem easy, but a good filament that actually prints well must be completely uniform and homogeneous in terms of composition. The key parameters determining the quality of the filament for 3D printers are its diameter and ovality. Changing the diameter or ovality by a few hundredths of a millimeter can result in poor print quality.
Cheap filament lines and extruders generally produce low quality filaments as they cannot maintain the quality necessary for smooth printing. The extremely fast-growing 3D printing industry challenges manufacturers of filament production lines and plastics producers. The 3D printing process introduces a new level of variability. Modern customers using 3D printing technology do not like to wait long for new filaments and prefer to quickly admire new ideas and inventions. This is a problem for larger industrial manufacturers with their long product development cycles and inability to produce customized products.