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Our objective is to offer insights into the potential of PAM printers. Stay tuned for exciting developments and findings.

In the REAL:PRINT project, we perform research using Pellet Additive Manufacturing (PAM) printers, also known as Fused Granulate Fabrication (FGF) printers or pellet-based 3D printers. The primary difference from traditional filament-based printers lies in the material feeding system and the extrusion process. Pellet-based 3D printers offer the promise of more cost-effective raw materials and greater versatility in material selection. However, setting up and operating them often demand a higher level of technical knowledge and skills.

Our research focuses on the Pollen PAM printer, where we aim to resolve how closely 3D-printed models using this technology align with injection-molded parts for mass production. Notably, the results achieved with the Pollen PAM printer will be compared to models created with the Arburg Freeformer at Centexbel.

In addition to the Pollen PAM printer and the Arburg Freeformer, we also analyze other pellet-based 3D printers. We provide a comprehensive overview of various alternatives concerning pellet printer specifications, capabilities, applications, material choices, dimensions, and the limitations of this technology.

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