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Apium P Series 3D Printers

What is the printing speed of Apium P Series 3D Printers?

The printing time is strongly dependent on material, part geometry, size and infill rate. Surfaces are generally printed slower than the infill (the material mass inside the model) because of the optical quality.

For a time reference, a dice with an edge lenghts of 20 mm and 100% Infill can be printed within 1:50 hours and needs 3.22 meters of filament.

What is the effective build volume of Apium P Series 3D Printers?

The print volume (l x w x h) of Apium P220 is 205 x 155 x 150 mm. To avoid the thermal distortion of PEEK and other materials, additional surface-engaging geometries must be applied to the print-bed, which are designed according to the geometry of parts and therefore can reduce the effective build volume.

What are the minimum sizes feasible to print?

Apium P Series 3D printers are equipped with a 0.4 mm diameter nozzle. Straight-lined geometries right up to 0.5 mm in the horizontal wall thickness and 0.1 mm in the vertical layer thickness are feasible.

How high is the temperature during printing?

Apium P Series 3D printers are equipped with state-of-the-art heating and controlling technology. Apium Adaptive Heating System is an intelligent thermal moderator, which guarantees the best temperature distribution possible in the part, depending on the part geometry and specific material characteristics.

This uniqueness of Apium`s patented technology enables the end-users to process PEEK in amorphous and semi-crystalline phases and control material characteristics such as stiffness, crystallinity and many more.

Together with the Apium Adaptive Heating System, the P Series 3D printers are equipped with extruders, which can heat up to 540°C, and with a heated print-bed, which can heat up to 160°C.

Which materials can be processed with Apium P Series?

Apium P-Series 3D printers are equipped with the Apium Advanced Extruder, which can process carbon fiber reinforced PEEK, PEEK, high performance polymers, thermoplastics, metals and composites.

How does the filament change work and what should be considered?

Apium has designed the print cores for high temperature/high performance polymers enabling easy material change. With the innovative print core design, you are able to start your new print job with a new material within 10 minutes.

It is recommended to use a separate nozzle for each material due to different melting temperatures.

What certifications do Apium P Series 3D printers have?

Our printers are compliant with the following certifications:

  • EN60950-1
  • EN12100-1
  • EN60204-1
  • EN1010
  • EN ISO 12100:2010
  • EN ISO 13849-1:2015
  • EN ISO 13849-2:2012
  • EN ISO 13850:2015
  • EN ISO 13857:2008
  • EN ISO 14120:2015
  • EN 614-1:2006+A1:2009
  • EN 614-2:2000+A1:2008
  • EN 894-1:1997+A1:2008
  • EN 1037:1995+A1:2008
  • EN 60204-1:2006/AC:2010
  • EN 60529:1991/A2:2013
  • EN 61000-6-1:2007
  • EN 61000-6-2:2005/AC:2005
  • EN 61000-6-3:2007/A1:2011/AC:2012
  • EN 61000-6-4:2007/A1:2011
What is included with the printer?

The delivery package provides you with all necessary equipment to enhance your experience including trainings from our engineers.

  • Introduction Training
  • Tool for changing the nozzle
  • Dimafix pen
  • Two spool holders (1x large and 1x small size)
  • Brush
  • Tweezer
  • LAN cable
  • Apium Instruction Manual
  • Slicing Profile

High Performance Polymers

Which filaments does Apium offer?

Apium offers the following filaments with a diameter of 1.75 mm:

  • Apium PEEK 450
  • Apium CFR PEEK
  • Apium PEI 9085 (ULTEM)
  • Apium PVDF 1000

The diameters of the filaments are guaranteed to be accurate to ± 50μm.

What unique benefits do Apium materials have?

We have chosen our materials because of their individual strength and their unique characteristics. In the overview below you gain insights about the particular benefits of every material.

See the following comparison to find the best material for your functional requirements.

Order
How can I place an order?

You can contact us by e-mail or call us directly. Our staff speaks German and English. Please enter your preferred language as soon as you are connected with us.

Our business hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 18:00

Phone: +49 721 13 20 95 0

Fax: +49 721 13 20 95 77

Email: info@apiumtec.com

You can also find our filaments in our online shop.

How do I know if my order has been received and accepted?

Once you have placed your order by e-mail, telephone, fax or via our online shop, your sales representative will contact you to clarify the details of your order.

We will gladly prepare a non-binding offer or send you an order confirmation.

How do I know the status of my order?

Your sales representative will inform you about the current status, processing and delivery time. Once we have submitted your order to our shipping company, you will get a tracking number and can track your package status online.

Can I make changes on my order later?

If you wish to change your order, please contact our sales department as soon as possible. They will update your data such as the shipping address and check whether a change on your order is still possible.

Phone: +49 721 13 20 95 0

Payment & Shipping
What payment methods are accepted?

In our online shop you can pay with bank transfer or via PayPal. You will receive the digital copy of your invoice by email and the original copy by post with each order.

Phone: +49 721 13 20 95 0

Do I have to pay VAT?

For our products and services, a uniform value-added tax rate of 19% applies in Germany.

The companies which are located in a member state of the European Union will not be charged with VAT when they provide their VAT number. For export deliveries to a country outside the EU, no VAT will be charged.

However, if the recipient of the invoice is a private individual from a member state of the European Union, he/she will be charged with 19% VAT.

Is a payment by installments possible?

In some cases, we also offer installment payments. Please contact our sales department before ordering the goods.

Phone: +49 721 13 20 95 0

How exactly is the delivery working?

Once your order passed the quality check, it will be packed carefully and sent to you. For each package you will receive your own shipment tracking number. This will be sent to you via e-mail after the dispatch of your package.

If you prefer another delivery service or would like to have your package specially insured, please contact our sales team.

Phone: +49 721 13 20 95 0

Is an international shipping possible?

International shipping is possible. Should you require special insurance, please contact our sales team. 

Phone: +49 721 13 20 95 0

How long does the delivery take?

Within Germany, a package is usually delivered to the recipient in 1-2 working days after dispatch. In a few cases, however, it may also take longer – e.g. in the pre-Christmas period. If the online status of your shipment has not changed for more than 6 business days, the sender can request a search.

In international shipping, the duration of the transport depends on the destination country. You can find more detailed information on your country`s national post website.

For any further questions, our experts are ready to support you.

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