See desktop 3D printing in action in our new demo space
It’s one thing to hear about the benefits of 3D printers, but it is quite another to see them for yourself. We have just opened a new demonstration space at our Banbury headquarters that lets you scrutinise some of our most popular and powerful entry-level machines.
Packed with solutions from Formlabs and Makerbot, the demo space lets you see the latest products in action. You will be able to try them out for yourselves and examine the variety of parts the machines are capable of printing. Our highly knowledgeable customer service representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and help point you towards the ideal 3D printing solution for your needs in a no-pressure environment.
Form 3, Wash and Cure
Inside the demo room, you will be able to see all of the components that make up a Formlabs 3D printing system – starting with the 3D printer itself, the Formlabs Form 3. This 3D printer is excellent for both prototyping and multi-run applications. Creating high quality parts, this small, desktop printer is being used for a diverse range of applications in product design, manufacturing, research, dental and jewellery.
Since Formlabs was founded in 2011, it has led the field in its Class in Stereolithography (SLA) printing, and this latest version of its popular Form series machines is an excellent use of the Low Force Stereolithography technology. Employing a high-power laser to fuse a liquid resin into a solid object, the Form 3 produces exceptionally smooth parts, quickly and efficiently.
The latest Formlabs 3D Printer, the Form 3L
Fresh out of the box, the much-anticipated Form 3L has arrived! This is an exciting development from Formlabs, capable of printing human-scale parts like a prototype of a helmet that’s ready to try on. The addition of two precision Light Processing Units (LPU) inside the printer achieve consistent accuracy and detail across the entire build platform. With a large build volume of 33.5 x 20 x 30cm, you can print one large model or many small parts in a single job. Designed to be user-friendly with no specialized technician’s required, the Form 3L offers automatic resin dispensing, simple print preparation software and a thoughtfully designed interface. Visitors will have the opportunity to gauge the very real advantages this new Formlabs 3D printer has to offer. Alongside the other printers in the Form 3 range, the Form 3L is sure to be one of the biggest attractions.
Also available to try are the Formlabs Wash and Cure units. Parts produced by the Form 2 or Form 3 go straight into the Wash to be agitated in isopropyl alcohol (IPA). About 15 minutes later, the Form Wash lifts the part out of the IPA to air dry.
The Form Cure exists to bring parts to their maximum mechanical properties. A combination of heat and UV light cures the parts using the correct pre-set curing profile option for each of the available materials, rotating the part on a turntable to ensure uniform exposure. We will show you just how easy it is to use when you visit us.
Our portfolio of class-leading FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) 3D printing solutions is represented at the desktop level by the Makerbot Method. Currently the Makerbot Method, Method X and Method X Carbon Fibre printers are available. The Method utilises the world-leading Stratasys DNA for print extruders and heated build chamber with the space-saving design of a desktop unit. The heated chambers can produce 60°C – 110°C across the range, depending on the model. At 110°C this is 25°C higher than most modified desktop 3D printer ABS material formulations and the Z-layer bonding offers superior strength and better surface finish without warping and curling. The Method’s dual extrusion system means it is realistic to print complex assemblies with a dimensional accuracy of ±0.2mm.
The Method X can produce parts in a range of materials, such as PLA, Nylon and PETG, with some models able to manufacture parts using ASA, ABS, PC-ABS, PVA and Nylon Carbon Fibre. With the addition of a Makerbot Labs extruder, you can unlock the door to an even wider range of engineering materials such as ABS Carbon, Flame Retardant Polycarbonate and PETG ESD, with many more tested materials becoming available making the Method X a true open platform. Some of the high performance materials boast compatibility with the Stratasys SR-30 dissolvable support material, with others using a water soluble PVA support or you can breakaway supports for simpler geometry to speed up the overall part to hand time.
The introduction of Carbon fiber reinforced nylon filament enables parts exhibiting high strength, stiffness and heat resistance to be printed on the Method CF series printers. The strength to weight ratio is 110 MPa TS, the engineering-grade stiffness is 7600 MPa Tensile Modulus and heat resistance under load is 184°C HDT. These features open up a wide range of opportunities for possible part builds – jigs, fixtures, end effectors, vehicular brackets, inspection gauges, under-hood and tooling applications, whilst leading CAD software offers time-saving workflow and integration.
We look forward to showing these entry-level 3D printers to those customers wanting to take the next step in progressing their development, design or production work. You can look at all the videos, read all the brochures and look at all the online details – but there is nothing that can replace seeing the systems operating for yourself…
If you want to try out the latest desktop 3D printers for yourself, get in touch with us by calling 01295 672599 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org