Control: Sigmatek & Sinumerik
Industrial Control Sigmatek
HAGE3D relies on the Austrian company Sigmatek to control the entire mechanical systems. Sigmatek develops and produces innovative, reliable and economical automation system solutions. As core competences of Sigmatek can be named the fast and precise control and regulation of industrial machines. As HAGE3D’s industrial systems rely on very high process stability, Sigmatek proves to be a perfect partner. Currently, the HAGE3D 72L and HAGE3D 140L models are equipped with Sigmatek automation technology. The industrial control allows and guarantees high-precision manufacturing processes such as the melting of technical as well as high-performance plastics. Since these materials have melting temperatures between 300 ° C and 450 ° C, this offers the customer as well as the in-house production the unique opportunity to realize and successfully complete long-term prints.
Positioning accuracies up to 0.1 mm
Based on Sigmatek’s built-in industrial control system, HAGE3D systems are able to guarantee positioning accuracies of up to 0.1 mm, measured in the x and y directions, with component sizes of 700 x 500 x 400 mm (HAGE3D 140L built chamber). Furthermore, due to the closed-loop stepper motor technology, a significantly higher production quality is ensured. The proven CNC interpreter of the LASAL operating system converts the G code into internal control commands. To handle all file sizes, the G-Code interpreter has been enhanced with the ability to sequentially handle large files. Also added are the pre-calculation of print time, multi-level user management and e-mail notifications for special system states (eg filament changes). In addition, the 3D simulation for checking the G-code files with regard to quality proves to be very practical. The combination of both components guarantees the customer the required process stability as well as process accuracy.
The goal is to couple the capabilities of Sigmatek systems with the strengths of HAGE3D’s systems to maximize benefits for the customer. A concrete example is the multiprocessor architecture, in which subtasks are distributed among the various system components. Another example is the operation of the plant systems. An intelligent ETT 732 control panel with a 7 “dual color TFT color display is used on its high-performance EDGE2 technology processor to run essential parts of the overall automation, including the ability to control the machine based on intelligent internal task distribution. In addition, in the sense of “on-the-flight” process monitoring, the customer has the option to adapt previously defined process parameters such as the material flow, the different temperatures used and the distance from the hot-end to the build platform during the production process.