A Closer Look at Essentium’s New 280i HT IDEX 3D Printer


In April, Essentium launched a new 3D printer called the HSE 280i HT.

This is Essentium’s first Independent Dual Extrusion technology (IDEX) 3D printer, promising 5-15x faster build speeds than other FFF 3D printers.

In this article, we’ll provide an introduction to the Essentium HSE 280i HT including its technology and potential applications. If you want to learn more about it, read on. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Independent Dual Extrusion technology

The HSE 280i HT utilises IDEX, but what is IDEX?

With IDEX technology, or Independent Dual Extrusion technology, each print head is fully independent on both the X and Y-axis and both extruders have their own X and E axes.


This setup has several advantages, including rapid build speeds, the ability to print two colours at the same time, and the ability to use two different materials in one single print.

The benefits to this technology are simple: the HSE 280i HT reliably delivers print speeds of more than 500 mm/s at scale. This is five to 15x faster than the average desktop 3D printer, giving you a significant production advantage.

Designed to solve manufacturing challenges

There are several 3D printers out there with an IDEX setup. What makes the Essentium HSE 280i HT special is the way it applies the technology.

There are five print modes:

  • Copy Mode – Print two identical parts simultaneously
  • Independent Mode – Print two unique parts concurrently
  • Multi-Process Mode – Print with two different materials and nozzle sizes
  • Support Mode – Print with soluble and breakaway supports
  • Single Head Mode – Print 5 to 15x faster with extreme reliability

The HSE 280i HT utilises a non-slip, high torque extrusion system. This has all linear servo motors and industrial-grade mechatronics. This setup delivers extreme reliability, enabling rapid manufacturing without any downtime.

The HSE 280i HT also doesn’t use a heated build chamber. Instead, it has a multimodal heating method that heats the part, not the chamber. This eliminates the need to wait for the chamber to heat before starting printing.

With print speeds five to 15x faster than the average 3D printer, the Essentium HSE 280i HT has the potential to transform your manufacturing floor.

This is especially true when you factor in its scale. It has a 695 x 500 x 600 mm build volume and offers several unique print modes so you can take advantage of it.

Printer basics

  • Print Heads: Two
  • Print Speed: 500 mm/s
  • Build Volume (Single Head Mode): 695 x 500 x 600 mm
  • Build Volume (Support Mode): 595 x 500 x 600 mm
  • Build Volume (Multi-Process Mode): 595 x 500 x 600 mm
  • Build Volume (Copy Mode): (395 x 500 x 600 mm) x2

HSE 280i HT applications

The HSE 280i HT is the first industrial 3D printer that offers true IDEX (that is, true independent dual extruders with independent X and Y-axis movement).

Other 3D printers that offer IDEX only have semi-independent extruders.

This gives you two 3D printers for the price of one. You can print multiple identical or unique parts at the same time 5 to 15x faster than a regular 3D printer.

With such a large build volume and rapid build speeds, the HSE 280i HT is perfect for solving manufacturing bottlenecks. Industries that manufacture traditionally time-intensive goods,  including the automotive, electronics, defence and aerospace industries are ripe for IDEX technology.

To find out more about the new Essentium HSE 280i HT, call us on 01765 694 007. We are an authorised UK partner to Essentium.