3D Systems, one of the largest 3D printing companies in the world announced in an official release the availability of its new Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer. The Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer is produced exclusively to offer companies affordable solution for functional prototyping and low volume production.
One of the several attractive features of Figure 4 Standalone is its ability to deliver same-day functional prototyping iteration and low volume production at speeds up to 100mm per hour – with six sigma repeatability. The statistical result is stated as Cpk > 2 where Cpk refers to the process capacity index.
Providing more details regarding the unique features of the Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer, Phil Schultz, Senior Vice President, General Manager on-demand manufacturing and plastics at 3D Systems, commented, “With Figure 4, 3D Systems is delivering the fastest, most accurate 3D printing technology available.”
“The combination of speed and accuracy complemented by a light-based UV curing process, which takes minutes versus hours required by heat-based curing processes, enables ultra-fast throughput and time-to-part,” added Schultz.
To enable creation of parts for rapid design iteration, functional prototypes and low volume production with exceptional durability, elasticity and functionality, 3D Systems has developed a wide range of portfolio of materials to complement the Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer. Some of the materials that complement the 3D printer include Figure 4 TOUGH-GRY 10 – a high speed material for rapid design iterations that offers up to 100 mm/hour build speed and the Figure 4 TOUGH-GRY 15 – a strong, rigid material for production applications.
In addition to the above materials, Figure 4 Standalone also comes with Systems’ 3D Sprint that offers customers with advanced software support for preparation, editing, printing, and management, while also eliminating the need for ownership of costly third party software. 3D Sprint also helps customers mitigate errors and improve efficiency within their workflow.
3D Systems also plans to integrate 3D Connect – a cloud-based software solution, into its Figure 4 platform. 3D Connect includes two modules: 3D Connect Service, designed for remote diagnostics, and 3D Connect Manage for fleet management. 3D Connect’s proactive and preventative capabilities that enables customers to increase uptime, lower operating costs and improve efficiencies.
Due to its ability to create functional prototyping and low volume production, the Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer has already been receiving accolades from some of its customers. For example, offering details of how the new 3D printer from 3D Systems enabled LumiraDx, a leading manufacturer of innovative point-of-care diagnostic medical devices, Dana Taylor, Design Engineer Consultant at LumiraDX said, “The speed of the Figure 4 Standalone, coupled with the quality of the printed parts, make this a must have for any R&D and design department.”
“With Figure 4 Standalone, we were able to get functional prototype parts in hours for same-day testing as compared to what used to take a week or more by using outside print services through the ordering, quoting, printing and shipping cycles. In addition to speed, Figure 4 Standalone prints parts that are ready to use with an exceptional surface finish, and with the accuracy and tight tolerances needed for fit, form and function testing,” Taylor added.
“Figure 4 Standalone is enabling customers to address a broad range of applications with speed, accuracy and repeatability – helping them redefine their manufacturing workflows from initial part design to end-part production to maintain their competitive advantage,” said Vyomesh Joshi, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3D Systems.
“Repeatability is key when thinking about part production. With our Figure 4 platform – including Figure 4 Standalone – customers have the ability to scale from prototyping to production with unprecedented accuracy and repeatability. The results and positive reviews we have received are testament to the game-changing nature of this 3D printing solution,” added Joshi.
The Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer from 3D Systems is currently available and priced at $21,900 (US)/€19.900 (EU Countries) and £18.900 in the UK.
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