The 3D printing environment is changing
In the life cycle of a technology, there‘s always a gap to bridge between the initial enthusiasm of hobbyist and the mass market. 3D printing has reached this crucial point, maturing into a technology that is accessible to consumers.
While early adopters are willing to accept some technological flaws, end-consumers want a perfect product that’s easy to use. The result is an increasing demand for small, dynamic, and energy-efficient 3D printers that have silent motors and can operate for hours on a desk unnoticed. Trinamic has developed a family of products which not only meets these demands, but also ensures easier development for future generations.
3D printer noise is still a problem
These are just a few of the complaints on the RepRap forum, one of many used by the 3D printing community to discuss 3d printing and to find the best solutions for silent motor control:
"When printing at low speeds the whole thing vibrates and makes noise." the_digital_dentist – RepRap Forum
"Every decent sized stepper I've seen always makes noise." cdru – RepRap Forum
"I hadn't anticipated that they would be so noisy, is this normal?" plankton – RepRap Forum
"3D printers are loud to the point it make them hard to be in the same room with while doing anything productive." Trexation – RepRap Forum
"I already managed to reduce the noice by finetuning stepper currents though according to my neighbour it's still to loud." BackEMF – RepRap Forum
Most drivers controlling motors of 3D printers have a distorted current sine wave, generating an audible “humming” noise. Trinamic’s solutions minimize current fluctuation, resulting in a cleaner and smoother sine wave. Silent 3D printing motors don’t only lead to fewer complaints, they also lead to better 3D printers.
Better printing Results and happy customers
Trinamic has the 3D printing solutions for the future
Trinamic's compact drivers and leading-edge technology enable 3D printers to be silent and small, while at the same time reducing cost of ownership. These, together with the application specific reference design TMCM-TRAMS with open source software defived from the popular Marlin project, enable a simple and fast start to your 3D printing project.
"Using Trinamic motor drivers in our Witbox Go! 3D printer was a key technical upgrade that helped us reach important project goals. The result is a cleaner and less intrusive product that will change the way 3D printers are perceived in the future." Jon Goitia, 3D Product Technical Director at BQ
Innovative technologies - easy to use
Not only the market is changing – design processes are changing as well. Engineers deal with increasing time pressure, smaller teams and smaller budgets while meeting higher and higher demands. Trinamic’s innovative plug-and-play solutions meet these new challenges.
Building blocks - embedded motion control
Overall processing tasks have become heavier and more complex than ever before. The increasingly smaller and more powerful stepper motors of 3D printers require extremely accurate motion control. Trinamic’s building blocks combine several features into a single package. Enriched with peripherals and embedded complex software, they offer the complete plug-in solution.
- less space needed
- compatible with most systems
- software in silicon
- state-of-the-art technology
- shorter time-to-market
TMC2100 with SilentStepStick - the community's favorite
"I love seeing the TMC2100 used on 3D printers. It runs smoother, quieter, cooler and more reliably than the alternatives from both Allegro and Texas Instruments." Thomas Sanladerer, 3D printing expert and YouTuber
What our customers say
"Engineer time is a precious resource at Markforged. Trinamic’s integrated drivers allow us to implement high-performance motion systems with a minimum amount of overhead." David Lawrence, Markforged
"The Trinamic TMC2660 is at the core of the advanced features within our 3D printing electronics, we have found it to be in a class of its own in both performance and ease of configuration.“ Tony Lock, Duet3D
"The TMC5130 allowed us to eliminate the failure-prone mechanical endstops and the noise generated by stepper motors. The result is a cleaner and less intrusive product that will change the way 3D printers are perceived in the future.“ Jon Goitia, BQ