With a 1 cubic meter build volume, the BigRep PRO is a fully enclosed industrial 3D printer for producing fullscale, large parts including functional prototypes, factory tooling, patterns and molds, and end-use parts. Built for productivity throughout all stages of manufacturing, the PRO provides designers, engineers, and manufacturers with an easy-to-use, agile solution to produce faster and cheaper.
Supported by its Precision Motions Portal, a durable, custom-built gantry, along with Bosch Rexroth CNC components, the PRO consistently delivers on speed, precision, and quality. Now thanks to JUMPSTART, a new BigRep hybrid software-hardware solution that lets you skip the hassle and just start printing, the PRO is easier than ever to use.
3DGD-1800 is a large-scale 3D printer oriented to the creation of three-dimensional and formative signages, and prints objects of sizes up to 1,450 x 1,110 x 1,800 mm (57.1 x 43.7 x 70.9") (W x D x H).
Featuring the "Gel Dispensing Printing" technology, 3DGD-1800 extrudes gel-type UV curable resin lineally, laminating layers instantly by curing the resin with ultraviolet irradiation, resulting in a printing speed of 350 mm in height per hour. (*1)
Since two heads are mounted, it is possible to produce two different objects at a time.
Since the printed objects are white in color, additional decor may be applied to the exterior as a finishing touch with Mimaki inkjet printers to produce impressive three-dimensional signages.
(*1) Vertical speed when printing 1m diameter cylinder (hollow)
Easy production of large-sized objects
Hollowed structures facilitating additional processing
Utilization of 3D data opens potentials for application
Potential for wide-spread applications
3D signage,life-sized displays
creation Illuminated displays
Creative art Interior design
Movie propsand sets Molds
for vacuum forming Mock-ups of large products
First launched at Formnext in 2019, the Meltio Engine is a modular 3D printing cell designed to integrate seamlessly with CNC machines, robotic arms and gantry systems to enable hybrid manufacturing. The company unveiled the latest version of its Meltio Engine in November last year, equipped with a number of upgrades to enable the fabrication of fully dense metal parts in an affordable and accessible manner.
The machine operates on the same proprietary wire- and powder-compatible Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) 3D printing technology that drives the company’s M450 3D printer. The system is characterized by its patented LMD toolhead, which utilizes multiple high-power lasers to melt metal feedstock directly onto a substrate below, resulting in the production of fully dense metal parts.
The multi-metal process uses commodity welding wire, which according to Meltio is the cleanest, safest, and lowest cost metal feedstock currently on the market.
Just last month, manufacturing technology products and services provider Phillips Corporation announced it had combined the capabilities of the Meltio Engine and with a CNC machine tool system from Haas Automation to form a hybrid manufacturing platform, the Phillips Additive Hybrid.
According to Phillips, the ability to offer both additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies in a single machine has the potential to provide cost and complexity advantages that have not been accessible before.
The first Meltio Engine integrator in the Iberian Peninsula
Sivó is officially the first in Spain and Portugal to integrate the Meltio Engine into its operations, delivering hybrid manufacturing capabilities. The machine’s CNC integration enables the creation of highly complex large parts with machining tolerances in a single step, bringing new capabilities to a wide range of industries and applications.
Sivó produces large-size molds, models and prototypes, alongside undertaking valve repair and adjustment operations. The firm’s machining department has become an increasingly important part of its business in recent years, producing parts with high technical complexity. To further improve the department’s capabilities, Sivó decided to install the Meltio Engine CNC integration into its Haas UMC-1000SS machine.
“Meltio’s technology and similar technologies allows us to produce our VORTEX mills and will shortcut the industrial mass prodcution. ,” This revolutionary technology makes the creation of parts possible that otherwise would be impossible to machine, starting from raw material.
The Argo 1000 is designed to produce high-performance polymer and composite parts that measure up to 1,000 by 1,000 by 1,000 mm. The builder, Roboze, plans to make the production-capable printer available for commercial distribution in 2022.
The company designed Argo to build parts from high-temperature materials like PEEK, carbon-fiber-reinforced PEEK, Ultem, and AM9085F for the aerospace, energy, transportation, and medical industries. Its stated goal for developing the machine was to reduce current pressures on global supply chains by replacing metal parts and critical components for extreme applications with more-sustainable materials.
The printer’s heating chamber is an outgrowth of years of prototype development and hundreds of simulations, according to Roboze. The chamber promotes a homogeneous working environment aimed at properly fusing each layer to previous and subsequent layers. The machine features an industrial automation system reportedly designed to integrate seamlessly with a user’s production workflow and processes.
Trusted by global industry leaders in manufacturing, the high-performance F900 3D printer sets the standard for reliable, accurate 3D printing. And whether you’re printing a full tray of complex parts or one large part, the F900 delivers accurate results, every time. Large build volume. With the largest build chamber available among Stratasys FDM printers, the F900 enables additive manufacturing at scale while delivering consistent, repeatable results. Application versatility. With 16 materials to choose from, ranging from engineering-grade thermoplastics to high-performance polymers, the F900 is suited for a variety of manufacturing applications including early prototyping, functional prototyping, end-use parts and production tooling. The soluble support materials also allow you to produce complex geometries in one print without assembly. Industry-leading performance. High-Strength Material Capability Stratasys FDM technology is the standard in carbon f iber printing for tools and end-use parts that demand high strength and stiffness. FDM Nylon 12CF (carbon f iber) printed on the F900 offers superior mechanical properties, with an ultimate tensile strength exceeding 10,000 psi. And with a measured production variance of less than 5%, the F900 delivers these properties print after print.1 Near-Isotropic Parts Parts printed on the F900 exhibit more than 80% strength in the vertical (ZX) plane compared with in-plane (XZ) performance for certain materials.1 2 This gives you greater flexibility to orient the part in the build chamber for optimal print results while achieving more consistent mechanical properties throughout the part. Unmatched Consistency The F900 provides unequaled consistency when it comes to part properties. Tests on the ultimate tensile strength of ASA material across multiple F900s in all areas of the build platform demonstrate a variance of less than 6%.1 You get consistent, repeatable results, from the first part to the last. Unwavering Precision Along with repeatable print results, the F900 produces parts with the highest dimensional accuracy and precision in the industry. This has been demonstrated by tests performed on multiple printers and numerous builds over months of print operations.1 When you need reliable print performance that meets your tolerance specifications, the F900 delivers. Smart-factory integration. Production Throughput The ability to achieve consistent build results across the entire F900 build plate lets you use the entire build area, to maximize productivity and throughput. Combined with the F900’s 92% print success rate, you gain the reliable performance needed to attain your production goals on schedule.1 1 Stratasys 2020 Repeatability and Reliability study for F370, Fortus 450mc and F900 printers. 2 Companies embracing Industry 4.0 concepts of automation, on-demand manufacturing and data safeguards need connected 3D printing solutions that securely integrate with their smart factory infrastructure. The Fortus 900mc uses Stratasys ProtectAM™ technology to provide a variety of secure connectivity solutions, including STIG compliance that satisfies U.S. government DOD requirements.
Titomic Kinetic Fusion utilises the supersonic particle deposition of metal powders to create industrial-scale parts and complex surface coatings.
Co-developed with Australia’s CSIRO, Titomic has the exclusive rights to commercialise the proprietary and patented process for the application of cold-gas dynamic spraying of titanium or titanium alloy particles onto a scaffold to produce a load-bearing structure.
Titomic provides next-generation manufacturing to a myriad of industries, specialising in defence, aerospace, mining and energy. However, we’re certainly not limited to one industry or application, as the agile and versatile Titomic Kinetic Fusion® process allows rapid production of virtually any metal part at industrial scale and speed.
If you’re new to the wonderful world of 3D printing, then may we be the first to offer you a warm welcome. You’re going to have lots of fun.
The challenge that many newcomers to 3D printing face is distinguishing between the different processes and materials available. What’s the difference between types of 3D printing like FDM and SLS, for example? Or SLS and binder jetting? Or EBM and DMLS? It can be pretty confusing, and with so many different acronyms flying around, you’d be forgiven for mistaking a type of 3D printing for a genre of dance music.
Truth is, 3D printing, also commonly referred to as additive manufacturing, is an umbrella term that encompasses a group of different 3D printing processes. In 2015, the ISO/ASTM 52900 standard was created with the aim to standardize all terminology and classify each of the different types of 3D printers.
In total, seven categories of additive manufacturing processes have been identified and established so far. These seven 3D printing processes have brought forth many different types of 3D printing technologies that 3D printers use today. In this article, we’ve done our best to outline what they are and simply explain how they work.
Experienced 3d printing users who already have one or more small desktop 3d printers, and are now seeking to develop their printing capabilities, should consider the following unique advantages of large format 3D printers:
1. Printing large 3D objects as one part makes them stronger.
2. Printing models as one part also saves time on post processing. There is no need to match smaller parts to each other and later hide the seam.
3. Another unique advantage of larger print beds is the fact that you can print multiple smaller items in one batch production. Batch production can be configured to complete one object before starting another one (‘sequence printing’) for higher reliability.
Especially during these days, as ordinary supply chains and logistics are facing challenges and are uncertain, it is important to have a large 3d printer on hand.
also called robotic arm 3D printing and robotic additive manufacturing – combines a 3D printer head with a multi-axis robotic arm to create a much more flexible 3D printer than conventional three-axis (XYZ) machines.
The robotic arm, with its high movement range, opens up a whole new world of design freedom in 3D printing. The arm is able to print from practically any angle, enabling extremely complex, curved geometries. It also provides much larger print sizes than regular printers – up to 30 meters or more!
Printed parts from robotic arm 3D printers generally don’t require supports, which further increases the degree of design freedom and saves money in material costs. This does require the structures to be self-supporting, which would normally rule out overhanging designs. However, many manufacturers have solved this problem by allowing the building platform to be reoriented, making it possible to create overhangs.
Robotic 3D printing doesn’t require slicing the layers as with conventional printers, thanks to the multi-axis toolpaths that can be programmed with specialized 3D printing software (see below).
However, this same notion brings us to the technology’s drawbacks. Operators must program instructions for both the 3D printer head and the robot arm, which complicates their use. There are currently no established standards regarding the information flow linking the CAD system and the arm.