Using induction-heating in place of conventional resistance heating allows the INo Trident to heat up and cool down faster. Seems counter-intuitive but induction allows us to use significantly less mass and less mass cools down faster if not heated anymore.
Waiting up to a minute for the nozzle to get to temperature introduces significant wait times to the printing process, especially on multi-material prints. With the INo Trident these wait-times can be reduced by up to 20x in certain cases (more on that in the future)
Less mass results in fluctuations in temperature getting propagated through the system faster and with shorter heat-times we correct more effectively and accurately. This yields in a more consistent extrusion providing improved print quality.
The INo Trident is not only the first commercially available Induction Nozzle compatible with common 3D-Printers but also the first part of a holistic printing solution ushering in the next step in FDM-printing
The INo Trident is compatible with (almost) every 3D-Printer and its own software seamlessly integrates with Klipper.
The INo Trident enables you to realize the full potential of your hardware!
Say goodbye to swapping nozzles. The INo Trident's armor grade steel nozzle withstands every filament available today and delivers consistent quality no matter what you print.
By using induction - essentially just modulated magnetic waves to induce a current that can only “go away” by turning itself into heat - we can control the power flux much more accurately. Heat the element up quicker without rapid unscheduled disassembly and cool it down faster because there is less energy stored in the system to dissipate away.
Using less mass gives us another integral benefit: more accurate measurement. Because there is less “buffer” between the filament and the temperature probe we know instantly how hot our filament is and with induction we can react faster without overshooting the temperature target.
We measured the time it takes for different nozzles to heat up to 250°C (482°F) when installed in a common brand 3D Printer. The INo Trident reached stable 250°C after 8 seconds. The fastest alternative nozzle required 37 seconds to reach target temperature.
The INo Trident achieves it's significantly shorter heat-up time by leveraging two features only available with induction heating. The INo Trident transfers energy quicker and the heating element requires less mass for safe operation - combined resulting in shorter wait times.
This core feature speeds up multi-material prints with frequent material changes by a factor of 5 in regular use cases and up to 20x in certain edgecases.
Because Induction offers a much higher level of control over the heating process we can not only accelerate the heat-up but also the cooldown. It took the INo Trident 19 seconds to drop to 150°C (302°F) compared to the 94 seconds for the quickest alternative nozzle.
The heating element within the INo Trident needs less mass for safe operation - thus it cools down faster because less energy needs to be dissipated. Additionally the more accurate temperature probe prevents a temperature overshoot.
The cooldown was measured without filament flow and without a cooling fan. Even in this worst case scenario the INo Trident performed markedly better than comparable nozzles. In a real print this results in a rapid cooldown and significantly less oozing.