If you plan on attending IMTS this year, be sure to check the additive manufacturing for part production systems that will be on display. A number of additive manufacturing vendors will be there, so it’s a good opportunity to check out the systems and ask questions of the vendors.
One of the companies that will be there is 3D Systems. 3D Systems is focusing on helping engineers and users move from prototyping to 3D production. The combination of materials, 3D printers, software and services that the company offers can help engineers get products to market faster while lowering total cost of operation.
In its Additive Manufacturing booth, the company will highlight the Figure 4 Production and Figure 4 Standalone. Recently released data on Figure 4 Production highlights part print speeds up to 100 mm/hr. The Figure 4 platform delivers part accuracy and repeatability, with Six Sigma repeatability (Cpk > 2) across all materials. The combination of speed and accuracy complemented by a light-based UV curing process that takes minutes versus hours with heat-based curing processes, yields the world’s fastest additive manufacturing throughput and time-to-part.
For manufacturers needing to produce larger parts with superior durability and finishing, 3D Systems will showcase the ProX SLS 6100. This next-generation printing platform enables customers to seamlessly scale from functional prototyping to low volume functional production parts. By combining the printer, new materials, software and cloud-based services, this new solution addresses the majority of the plastic prototyping and production needs of the automotive, durable goods, and healthcare industries as well as satisfying specific needs for aerospace interior cabin parts. The ProX SLS 6100 also delivers larger parts than small-frame systems, industry-leading TCO and is aggressively priced against similar printers in its class.
For companies looking for an entry-level industrial 3D printing solution for low-volume small part prototyping and production, 3D Systems will demonstrate the power of the FabPro 1000. Engineered for precision, accuracy, efficiency, and repeatable results, the easy-to-use FabPro 1000 creates high-quality parts at up to three-times-faster high throughput print speeds compared to competing systems. 3D Systems’ 3D Sprint software is bundled with the FabPro 1000 to facilitate preparation and optimization of CAD data, and management of the additive manufacturing process.
In addition to 3D printing solutions that manufacturers can incorporate into their workflows, 3D Systems will showcase its On Demand Manufacturing services at IMTS 2018. On Demand Manufacturing expands an organization’s capabilities by offering the technologies, processes, tools and expertise to quickly translate designs into reality. The company offers rapid prototyping, functional prototyping, fully realistic appearance models, and low-volume manufacturing through its facilities worldwide. Through 3D Systems’ expert capabilities and technologies including – additive manufacturing, cast urethane, CNC machining, injection molding, metal-die casting, sheet metal fabrication, and expert finishing – customers are able to accelerate product time-to-market.
“Through our presence at IMTS 2018, 3D Systems is showcasing the 3D printing technologies, materials, and software that are enabling manufacturers and designers to enhance their workflows and gain competitive advantage,” said Doug Vaughan, chief marketing officer, 3D Systems. “We have been able to develop these unique solutions based on the tremendous passion, knowledge and expertise of our engineers and scientists fueled by collaboration with our customers.”
IMTS attendees can visit 3D Systems in booth #133310 and #431608.