Printing advanced engineering materials
Typically, desktop FDM printers can only print with PLA which is a basic type of plastic that is great for rapid prototyping but generally useless for functional components. The Leapfrog Bolt is able to print with a wide variety of materials, such as ABS (strong engineering plastic), Flex (3D print flexible material allowing a wide range of moving parts), Polycarbonate (light and chemically inert), HT (high temperature resistant) and a variety of soluble support materials.
Through Leapfrog’s open material policy, the engineer is able to test their own engineering materials as well! Four key technical innovations allow such a wide range of materials to be printed: independent moving heads, high temperature hotends, a direct drive system and a full enclosure.