This edition of Rapid 3D Printing News brings you 3D printing news from Formnext 2018 and other sources. We have seen a large number of new introductions last week. Continue reading to know about the two new 3D printers from BigRep, new binder Jetting system from ExOne, world’s fastest large-format 3D printer from Nexa3D and new material introductions from Stratasys.
BigRep Introduces Two New Industrial 3D Printers Powered with MXT® Extrusion Technology
BigRep, the global leader in large-scale 3D printing, introduced two new industrial FFF 3D printers at the recently concluded Formnext 2018 exhibition. The printers will be powered by BigRep’s new proprietary MXT® extrusion technology.
BigRep PRO FFF 3D Printer
One of the new printers launched is BigRep PRO. It is specifically designed large-scale 3D printing of industrial parts. It features a large build envelope of one cubic meter with temperature controlled spool chamber which allows continuous printing with difficult-to-print materials like ABS, Nylon, etc.
The 3D printer also presents a metal frame with a glass door. It has a heated bed mounted with polyimide foil for enhanced adhesion during the printing process, and an integrated inductive sensor allows for semi-automatic levelling.
Speaking about the new MXT® technology, BigRep CEO, Stephan Beyer, Ph.D., said, “This new technology delivers the type of innovation that the industry has been waiting, as our ground-breaking MXT® system makes our new printers five times faster – with greater precision and quality – than current extrusion speeds.”
He added, “This is one giant leap for additive manufacturing, allowing BigRep customers to make full use of today’s most advanced large-scale 3D printing technology.”
BigRep EDGE FFF 3D Printer
BigRep EDGE FFF 3D Printer has a build chamber measuring 1500 x 800 x 600 mm which is designed specifically for high-end and high-performance materials allowing for end-use parts, functional prototypes, and composite tooling. It also boasts of a heated chamber and a heated bed. Both the chamber and the print bed can be temperature controlled around 200° C.
Additionally, the BigRep EDGE FFF 3D Printer also features a premium user experience with automatic, upward moving doors and an easy to use graphical interface on a large screen that enables full control over all print settings.
According to Thomas Fechner, General Manager of the Business Unit New Business at Bosch Rexroth, commented, “Thanks to professional control systems technology, 3D printing is establishing itself as an industrial manufacturing application. In terms of hardware, the CNC control system by Bosch Rexroth is delivering the necessary performance, precision, and durability. In our development partnership with BigRep, we are advancing the potential of 3D printing for its use in the environment of the Factory of the Future.”
BigRep MXT® Extrusion Technology
BigRep MXT® establishes a clear separation between filament feeding and melting and molten extrusion, which allows for complete control over the amount and speed of material extruded at any given time. This new technology is also designed to make full advantage of the innovative printing materials BigRep, in its partnership with BASF, continues to develop.
ExOne Company Introduces a New 3D Printing Machine, the X1 25PRO™
“We believe these new production machines will be the most flexible and highest performing binder jetting machines in the market.”
ExOne, the leader in metal binder jetting technology introduced a new 3D printing machine, X1 25PRO™. The X1 25PRO is a critical amalgamation of the fine metal injection molding (“MIM”) powder capability of ExOne’s INNOVENT+™ machine with production volume capability.
The X1 25PRO addresses the needs of MIM, powder metallurgy, and manufacturing customers seeking a larger platform solution for producing reliable parts in a production environment.
The X1 25PRO 3D printer gives customers the power to produce quality parts from a wide range of materials like 316L, 304 L, and 17-4PH stainless steels; Inconel 718® and 625; M2 and H11 tool steels; cobalt chrome; copper; tungsten carbide-cobalt; and many others.
According to Rick Lucas, ExOne’s Chief Technology Officer, “We are pleased to bring the new X1 25PRO™ to market to satisfy the needs of industry for high quality, functional, production-volume parts. We currently have machines installed in customer facilities in more than twenty countries around the globe and we are proud to bring innovations like the X1 25PRO™ to realization.”
The new 3D printer is ready for sale and the company is already taking orders. The system was also on display at the recently concluded Formnext 2018 exhibition.
Nexa3D Unveils World’s Fastest Large-Format 3D Printer in Frankfurt
At 6x printing speed and a 2.5x build volume of all the other comparable 3D printers available in the market, Nexa3Ds NXE400 is the world’s fastest large-format 3D printer. NXE400 powered with its proprietary LSPc technology creates a new category for itself in the 3D printer market and rules it by this new launch.
The newly unveiled NXE400 is capable of printing around 16 litres of volume continuously without a break at breakneck speeds of a 1Z centimetre per minute. This rapidly reduces the production time from hours to minutes.
Speaking about the new launch, Avi Reichental, Nexa3D Co-founder and Executive Chairman said, “We are thrilled, proud and humbled to be the team that’s breaking the speed, size and cost barriers that constrained our industry’s growth rates for decades. It is a development that’s highly prized by end-users, strategic partners, resellers and investors alike.”
According to Izhar Medalsy, Chief Product Officer, Nexa3D, “After several years of painstaking research and ground-breaking developments, our entire team is excited to be here at Formnext 2018 with our fellow industry practitioners and ecosystem partners who are helping us validate the marketplace impact of our new range of products.”
He continued, “Our printers are powered by proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology and patented structured light matrix capable of reaching top speeds of a 1Z centimetre per minute, drastically reducing 3D printing cycles of precision functional parts from hours to minutes. We firmly believe that our technology is uniquely capable of achieving uniform high-speed and high-resolution printing at convincing injection moulding properties, size, and scale.”
Stratasys Introduces Advanced Elastomers and Enhanced Materials for its FDM and PolyJet Printers
Considering the rapid prototyping, custom tooling, and part production processes, Stratasys introduces advanced elastomers and new enhanced materials for use in its popular 3D printing technologies like FDM and PolyJet.
The new materials will enable manufacturers with an advanced level of elasticity, durability with true soluble support and the advanced colours for PolyJet will drive enhanced realism to transform legacy design and prototyping processes.
Speaking on the new introduction, Zehavit Reisin, Vice President and Head of Solutions and Materials Business, Stratasys, said, “Creating elastomer parts using traditional silicone or CNC moulds are extremely costly and time-consuming – while it is our view that other additive techniques just cannot deliver parts with the size and complexity of our elastomer approach. Manufacturers demand 3D printing solutions that can be put to work in real prototyping and extreme production environments. With reliable and highly resilient parts, our solutions are designed to enable customers to do just that.”
Stratasys also announced a range of new materials for its J750 and J735 PolyJet 3D Printers. These enhancements include five new materials with an ability to mimic rubber, leather or plastic.
In addition to the introducing materials for PolyJet printers, Stratasys is also making its PEKK-based FDM thermoplastic – Antero800NA – available on F900 3D Printers. Antero800NA is a high-performance material with high chemical resistance, high heat resistance perfectly suited to aircraft and space applications.
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