Anisoprint Composer A3 3D Printer Review

The Anisoprint Composer A3 is a large format professional continuous fiber desktop 3D printer that can take your prototyping and batch manufacturing projects to the next level. Read our review to find out the specs, features, quality of print and price of this 3D printer.

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Unboxing the Anisoprint Composer A3 3D Printer

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When your order arrives, this is what you’ll get in the package:

  • The Composer A3 3D printer
  • User manual
  • Anisoprint Aura software
  • 4GB SD card
  • Spare parts kit
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Toolset
  • Anisoprint CCF-1.5k fiber spool
  • 2x PETG plastic spool

Anisoprint Composer A3 3D Printer Specs

Connectivity USB, SD card
Filament diameter 1.75 mm
Manufacturer Anisoprint
Manufacturer country Luxembourg
Max extruder temperature 270°С
Max heated bed temperature 60°С (up to 120°С with open print chamber)
Nozzle size, mm 0.4 mm
Number of extruders 2 (extruder FFF; extruder CFC with reinforcing fiber cutting device)
Operating system(s) Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 720 х 630 х 490 mm
Platform surface Glass
Power requirements 220-240 V; 50/60 Hz
Print speed for FFF: up to 80 mm/sec; for CFC: up to 10 mm/sec
Printable material(s) PLA, ABS, PETG, PA(Nylon), TPU, PC, ASA SBS, and CF/GF filled filaments
Slicing Slicer Anisoprint Aura(FFF+CFC), Cura,Slic3r(only FFF)
Weight kg 65 kg
Build volume 460х297х210mm
Min layer height 60 Microns
Technology FFF; Composite Filament Co-extrusion (CFC)

Design

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The Anisoprint Composer features a black and white color scheme. The printer is stylish and will fit any industrial or prototyping workshop.

This printer measure 720 x 630 x 490mm (28.3 x 24.8 x 19.3 inches) and weighs 65kg (143.3lb). The filament spool holders are located on the back side of the printer.

Anisoprint Composer A3 Overview

Manufacturers and small workshops looking for a carbon fiber 3D printer should check out the capabilities of the Composer A3. This continuous fiber professional desktop 3D printer boasts is powered by the standard FFF 3D printing technology and a patent-pending Composite Fiber Coextrusion (CFC) technology.

This is a large format industrial 3D printer that boasts of an impressive build volume of 460 x 297 x 210 mm. This print area is large enough for producing large-scale optimized composite models that have high mechanical and physical properties. The printed parts are lighter and stronger than comparable parts manufactured from thermoplastics, metal, and non-optimized composites.

The Anisoprint Composer A3 also produces cheaper parts. For example, the cost of producing a continuous fiber-reinforced sheet metal die is about 75% cheaper than the cost of a comparable die made of ULTEM.

In most cases, using this continuous carbon fiber 3D printer will reduce your production times.

Check the image below of the fixture for an electric wheelchair drive printed by Supreme Motors. This fixture, which was printed by Anisoprint Composer A3, is lightweight and highly durable.

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And here’s the good news: the fixture is 7 times lighter than steel fixtures and 3 times cheaper. This fixture was produced in just 4 hours.

By integrating additive manufacturing technologies made possible by the Anisoprint Composer A3, you can produce such parts in small batches without having to incur extra costs of hiring third party contractors.

The Anisoprint Composer A3 produces highly-detailed parts with smooth finishes. The parts below have been anisoprinted with plastic filled with short fibers. The parts come out not only smooth on the outer surface but have outstanding mechanical and thermal properties.

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What is Anisoprinting?

Anisoprinting refers to a technology for producing composite models using 3D continuous fiber printing. Through this patent-pending technology, the Composer A3 can solidify, cure or reinforce various thermoplastic polymers with continuous filaments in a single, fully-automated process that does not require tooling or post-processing.

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The two-matrix approach (thermoplastic + thermoset) ensures low porosity and good adhesion of the fiber to the polymer. This leads to prints with superior mechanical properties.

The Composer A3 prints end-use parts that are cheaper, lighter and stronger than other made from materials such as plastic, metal and other non-optimal composite materials.

Watch the video below to see the printer in action:

Composite Fiber Coextrusion (CFC) Printing

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During the printing process, the thermoplastic is reinforced with composite fibers. The printer’s CFC extruder has two inputs: one for reinforcing material and the other for the thermoplastic. You can print any plastic whose melting temperature reaches 270°C (e.g., Nylon, PLA, PC, ABS, PETG, etc.).

The sturdiness and strength of the composite material lie along the fiber lines. This is why the grids, which consist of a one-dimensional grid, represent the optimal shape for composite materials. The composite filling ensures that the prints turn out strong without using a lot of filament. This means that the production time is significantly less, weight is also low, and the printing ends up being cheaper.

Anisoprint Composer A3 Features

Print Quality

The Anisoprint Composer A3 is a professional carbon fiber printer that can print layers at 60 microns. This means parts come out with smooth exterior surfaces.

The printer has two modules; CFC and FFF.

When printing with the CFC module, the unit reaches up to 10 mm/s. CFC continuous fiber technology allows the machine to print a variety of high-temperature materials. You also get the best results with printing with PETG as a matrix.

When printing with the FFF print head, the printer can reach printing speeds of up to 80 mm/s.

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The large-format industrial carbon fiber 3D printer has two 0.4mm nozzles that provide a good balance between detail and speed.

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Coming to print heads, the machine has CFC and FFF print heads, with a dual-nozzle system. The CGC extruder has been reinforced with a device that can cut through fiber materials.

Here is an overview of the printing capabilities of the printer:

  • The Aura slicing software gives you complete control over the creation of the fiber path
  • Two reinforcement materials: CBF (balt-based) and CFC (carbon-based)
  • Open material system: The printer can use any plastic that reaches a melting temperature of up to 270°
  • A3 Format: The printer’s build volume is 420mm x 297mm x 210mm
  • Optimal composite structures: The prints have lattice reinforcement, which means they are light and have minimal production and price for the required strength
  • Printing continuous fiber reinforced composites. This material is 30 times stronger than pure plastic and 2 times lighter and stronger than aluminum

Anisoprint Composer A3 Materials

With the Composer A3, you can print filaments with a melting temperature of up to 270°C. The printer also supports 1.75mm filaments.

The two extruders have their own fans for printing with PLA-type materials. The fans help to cook the models during the printing process, and in turn reduces instances of stringing, warping and other common issues.

This continuous carbon fiber desktop 3D printer can print with PLA, ABS, ASA, SBS, PC, TPU, PA (Nylon), PETG, and CF/GF filled filaments.

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The printer has an enclosed print chamber and a heated glass bed, which makes it reliable for printing ABS, Polycarbonate, Nylon, and other high-temperature materials.

The nozzles can heat up to 270°C while the removable print plate reaches temperatures of up to 120°C.

The enclosure helps to ensure that the temperature in the chamber is even during the printing process to minimize the risk of the prints shrinking or warping.

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The Anisoprint Composer A3 is compatible with 1.5k and 3k Composite Basalt Fiber (CBF) and Composite Carbon Fiber (CFC). You can use these reinforcing fibers with PLA, ASA, PC, TPU, PA, ABS, PETG, glass fiber-filled and fiber-filled filaments.

Anisoprint Composer A3 Build Volume

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The Composer A3 has a large build volume of 460 x 297 x 210 mm (18.1 x 11.7 x 8.3 inches. This print area is large enough for simultaneous production of multiple small-sized parts or single production of one large part.

Printer Controls

You can operate the Composer A3 through the inbuilt 4.3-inch touchscreen. When your models are ready for printing, you can transfer them from a PC through the USB port or alternatively, carry them in an SD card or USB stick.

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The printer is run with the Anisoprint Aura software that handled both CFC and FFF 3D printing. However, you can also use Slic3r and Cura if you wish.

The Anisoprint Aura runs on Window 7 and later versions. The software has various features that allow you to easily manage your print. For every layer, the software generates reinforcing fiber trajectories. You can also easily regulate the reinforcement scheme to increase the final strength of the part. Finally, the program also creates support structures for your prints and allows you to preview the final print in real time.

Anisoprint Composer A3 3D Printer Price

The Anisoprint Composer A3 is an affordable machine considering the value it provides. You can find the machine at Top3DShop

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