Collider serves the low volume customer with a process that brings manufacturing and tooling into the digital era. The founder, Graham Bredemeyer, who has an extensive history in 3D-printing and manufacturing, developed Programmable Tooling, a method for low volume production with a drop-in replacement for plastic casting. According to Bredemeyer, this technology combines the best parts of plastic casting with the best parts of 3D-printing.
“We’re thrilled to bridge the gap between traditional manufacturing and 3D-printing,” said Bredemeyer. “At Collider, we believe that our technology will revolutionize end-use part production and the speed of innovation available in the manufacturing industry.”
Programmable Tooling is a hybrid process that first prints a hollow shell in photopolymer using continuous DLP lithography. Then, inside the same Collider machine, the shell is injected with traditional plastic casting materials. These two-part materials cure with a chemical process, the hollow shell dissolves in hot water and the end result is a production quality part. This process is proprietary and protected.
Customers can request material samples beginning in Jan. 2017 and submit parts for printing soon after.