|Material||Thermoplastics > Engineering (PC, nylon…), Continuous fibers|
|Topic||Composite AM, Continuous fiber|
|Build size||297 × 210 × 140 mm11.69 × 8.27 × 5.51 in|
Anisoprint is a deep tech startup producing 3D printers for the manufacturing of continuous fiber-reinforced plastic parts. Their patented Continuous Fiber Coextrusion (CFC) technology is used in aerospace, engineering, and many other areas to produce functional parts while cutting costs and increasing productivity.
Anisoprint Composer A4 review
The final results that can be obtained are truly exceptional and one-of-a-kind. At the time of writing, there is simply not a single competitor capable of achieving such a performance in this price range.
That said, while the technology behind the Composer A4 (and A3) is incredible, we felt that the machine’s design and workflow were several years late.
- Excellent price-to-performance ratio
- Technology with unique possibilities
- Intuitive, feature-packed Aura software
- Open material options
- Insightful Anisoprint Academy
- Outdated user experience
- Small screen
- Gcode for calibration
- Manual bed leveling
- No filament sensor
Anisoprint Composer A4 overview
The Anisoprint Composer A4 is a professional desktop 3D printer made by Anisoprint, a Luxembourg-based manufacturer of continuous fiber 3D printing systems.
This Composer A4 is able to 3D print lightweight, complex shape composite material parts with superior mechanical properties for end-use production.
3D printing continuous carbon fiber
The Composer A4 uses Composite Fiber Co-extrusion (CFC) technology. Anisoprint’s patented technology for extruding matrix and continuous fiber through one extruder offers the most flexibility for composite manufacturing.
This allows 3D printed parts to boast high strength and resistance, all while being lightweight. The manufacturer boasts that CFC technology makes the material “20 times stronger than simple plastic, 7 times stronger than plastic compounds, and 4 times lighter than titanium“.
The machine combines a unique extruder composition, consisting of two thermoplastic filament feeders and a third feeder for composite fibers. Used in combination, they can print parts from PLA, PETG, ABS, Nylon, and PC that are reinforced with composite carbon fibers (CCF) or composite basalt fiber (CBF).
Composer A4 main features
- Co-extrusion: plastic filament is mixed with continuous fiber in the same composite extruder. Any plastic with a processing temperature of up to 270°C can be used as a matrix. It is possible to control both the fiber’s volume and direction.
- Removable heated print bed: the print bed surface can reach up to 120°C, enabling the use of demanding materials such as ABS, Nylon, or Polycarbonate.
- Enclosed chamber: to maintain an optimal ambient temperature.
- Software: this desktop 3D printer comes with Anisoprint Aura, the manufacturer’s proprietary software. The Composer A4 is also compatible with Cura and Slic3r, though only for regular FFF 3D prints.
Anisoprint Composer A4 price
This professional 3D printer is available at the manufacturer price of $16,500 (excl. VAT).