4/12/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

3D Systems' Figure 4 Enables Scalable AM Production

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According to the company, the new technology will enable production of mass customized and complex end-use parts.


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3D Systems has launched Figure 4, a modular, scalable and fully integrated additive manufacturing platform. According to the company, the system can produce plastic parts faster than current systems while offering lower total cost of operations.

The platform enables customers to tailor configurations and select materials to address specific applications. Possible configurations range from single-print engine machines to fully automated, high-volume production systems with 16 or more print heads, automated material delivery and integrated postprocessing. 

3D Systems recently shipped the first system to an industrial customer, and plans to ramp up customer-specific shipments throughout the second half of 2017.

“We believe our breakthrough Figure 4 platform will revolutionize manufacturing by transforming production of both mass customized and complex end use parts with a compelling total cost of operations versus conventional methods,” said Vyomesh Joshi (VJ), president and CEO, 3D Systems. “While others are realizing the need to transition from prototyping to production, we are delivering real solutions across all key vertical markets and applications that are helping customers solve problems today.”

Over time, the company intends to extend the Figure 4 platform application by application to meet specific customer needs across healthcare, aerospace, automotive and durable goods industries.

An illustrative example of the Figure 4 platform versus traditional SLA can be seen in the second slide, above. According to 3D Systems, a Figure 4 production configuration with 16 print engines enabled better throughput than traditional SLA with lower investment and higher material utilization.