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Large-Format Industrial 3D Printer

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The 3DP Workbench printer is produced by 3D Platform, a maker of large-scale, industrial-class 3D printers.

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The 3DP Workbench printer is produced by 3D Platform, a maker of large-scale, industrial-class 3D printers. The firm describes itself as “a company of skilled mechatronics engineers.” Extending the travels of 3D printers to enable repeatable building of larger parts and larger batches of parts than are typical of 3D printers is in large part a motion-control challenge, requiring this kind of engineering expertise. The 3DP Workbench offers a build area of 1 × 1 × 0.5 m (39.3" × 39.3" × 19.6"), and features mechatronics enabling layer resolution down to 70 microns. The machine is equipped with the company’s SurePrint servomotors, along with SIMO-Series linear actuators and Constant Force anti-backlash lead screws and nuts from PBC Linear. The control system provides for positional feedback every 1.25 microns for fast, precise printing.

Printing via fused filament fabrication (FFF) enables additive manufacturing of hard, rugged, functional polymer components. Prior to full-scale production of the 3DP Workbench itself, some of its functional components were made through 3D printing. The dual-extruder, all-metal print heads feature high-volume nozzles, and extrusion temperatures can range to 295°C. The machine is compatible with 3- or 1.75-mm filament, printing with materials including PLA, PETG, NinjaFlex, ABS, Nylon and PVA.

The 3DP Workbench is mounted on a mobile workstation with caster wheels and built-in storage drawers and cabinets. A folding gantry enables the machine to fit through a standard door.

At IMTS, see 3D Platform printers in operation within a 3D-printing demonstration in the MMS Top Shops pavilion, Booth W-10.

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