Prodways announces sales to BASF and DSM

Prodways Group, a French 3D printer producer and service provider, has announced a series of 3D printer sales to major chemical companies for R&D and manufacturing applications. The company has sold a selection of its selective laser sintering machines to DSM, BASF and an unnamed French chemical company, including its ProMaker P1000 and ProMaker P2000 ST 3D printers. 

The chemical companies have acquired 3D printers from Prodways for the purpose of research and development, parts production and material testing. By bolstering its relationships with longtime material suppliers, Prodways states in a press release that the sales are indicative of “the growing importance of 3D printing for advanced applications at industrial scale.”

ProMaker P1000 3D printer. Image via Prodways.

High-temperature SLS 3D printing

Germany-based BASF, the largest chemical producer in the world, and already an owner of the ProMaker P1000 printer, has been a strategic partner of Prodways since 2016. In that year Prodways began distributing its new ProMaker P4500 series with a high-temperature configuration to process BASF’s Ultrasint PA6 – X028. BASF has now purchased for new plastic SLS 3D printers to aid the company’s R&D output and parts production. Recently, BASF extended its hold within the 3D printing industry with its acquisition of  3D printing service bureau Sculpteo.

DSM is also a longtime partner of Prodways, having acted as the company’s material supplier. Additionally, DSM has used Prodways’ ProMaker P4500 3D printer to print its new PBT powder Arnite AM1210 for selective laser sintering, a material suited to the electronics and electrical industries thanks to its electrical, mechanical and flame-retardant properties. Prodways sold two of its ProMaker P2000 ST 3D printers to DSM, allowing the company to test its powders for high-temperature SLS 3D printing. 

3D printed products from Prodways. Image via Prodways

Finally, Prodways has also sold one of its ProMaker P1000 3D printers to the unnamed French chemical company, which will use the system to develop and test its products. Prodways explains that the acquisition of its 3D printers by leading firms in the chemical industry allows for the mutual exchange of expertise between their respective domains.

Prodways 3D printer developments 

The ProMaker P1000 3D printer was released by Prodways in 2016. Equipped with a 300 x 300 x 300 mm build platform, the system is geared towards the production of plastic parts using SLS 3D printing technology. Last year, the French Army integrated two ProMaker P1000 3D printers into its operations, in order to validate the advantages of 3D printing for manufacturing spare parts in real conditions

The ProMaker P2000 ST is a system geared towards high temperature (up to 280°C) SLS 3D printing. This makes it capable of processing materials like PA66 or PPS, for direct use applications and advanced research.

In 2019, Prodways also released two additional 3D printers: the P1000 X, and DLP system, named the SolidscapeDL. The P1000 X improves upon the formula of the ProMaker P1000 with increased size and speed. The SoldiscapeDL on the other hand, developed through Prodways subsidiary Solidscape, is the first system within the company’s range using DLP technology and is aimed towards the jewelry market.

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Desktop Metal Shop™ System

3D Print end use metal parts with unparalleled speed and productivity

The Shop System is the world’s first metal binder jetting system designed specifically for machine shops—enabling shops to easily produce parts with exceptional surface finish and resolution at scale.

 

Easy to use and operate

Designed with the modern machine shop in mind, the Shop System is built to fit seamlessly into your workflow. Produce parts with superior surface finish and resolution versus laser-based systems at a fraction of the cost.

Affordable turnkey solution

A Complete Shop System

The Shop System contains all pieces of equipment your machine shop needs to begin binder jetting — from print through sintering. And with a range of build volume configurations (4L, 8L, 12L, and 16L), the Shop System is designed to scale to your shop’s throughput.

Simplified Post Processing

Parts on the Shop System print fully supported in their powder bed, and feature hand-removable sintering setters. Avoid hours of labor machining off support structures typical to laser-based systems and instead achieve customer-ready, near-net-shape parts right out of the furnace.

 

Optimized powders & parameters

Get started quickly with a turnkey, end-to-end solution. Shop System features Desktop Metal engineered powders and processing parameters, optimized to deliver exceptional part quality, and ensure part-to-part repeatability.

Unparalleled Productivity

Amplify your shop’s output. Effortlessly print end-use metal parts with with the quality, surface finish and tolerances required to co-exist with machining.

10x faster

With a high-speed, single-pass print engine, the Shop System produces high-quality metal parts up to 10x faster than laser powder bed fusion—producing up to 70kg of metal parts per day.

Print a build per shift

Average cycle times of 6-12 hours enable a new build every shift. Print tens to hundreds of near-net shape parts each day and reserve machinist hours for refining critical features.

Flexible Batch Jobs

The Shop System is a tooling-free manufacturing process. Change over to a new job at the press of a button and process multiple complex jobs without the need for custom setups.

Superior Print Quality


High-resolution printing


Print customer-ready, high-resolution parts with incredibly fine feature detail. Achieve surface finishes as low as 4µm Ra out of the furnace, and <0.1µm Ra with mass finishing. The Shop System produces fully dense, solid parts, no debind or infill required.

The Shop System features the highest resolution single-pass binder jetting system in the market. With 1600×1600 DPI native (33% higher resolution than comparable systems), and over 670M drops per second, the Shop System delivers high-speed, high-resolution printing.


Adaptive print engine

Users don’t have to sacrifice feature detail or resolution for speed. Employing a ~1 pL droplet size and automated drop multiplexing up to 6 pL, the Shop System achieves superior surface finish, bleed control and rich feature detail at high speed.


5x print redundancy

Avoid jet-outs and print issues with the Shop System’s five rows totaling over 70,000 nozzles. The printhead features 25% higher nozzle redundancy than the comparable systems, resulting in enhanced print quality and reliability.

How it works

The Shop System™ is an end-to-end, single-pass binder jetting solution delivering high-resolution parts at a fraction of the time and cost. Metal parts are created with the following 3 step process:

01 PRINT

For each layer, the printer spreads metal powder across the build bed, and precisely jets a binding agent to bond loose powder and define part geometry. Layer by layer, metal powder and binder is deposited until the entire build volume is packed with bound parts and surrounding loose powder.

02 DEPOWDER

Once an entire build is complete, the build box is removed and placed in a powder station for bulk and fine depowdering — with the help of a hand-held air pick. Loose powder is removed from the parts and recovered via a built-in powder recycling system with powder sieving.

03 SINTER

Depowdered parts are placed onto trays in a shop-safe, high-throughput furnace for batch sintering. With an external gas hookup and temperatures reaching 1400ºC, the Shop System furnace is able to deliver quality and reliable sintering in a shop-friendly format.

Shop Printer

The Shop System printer features the highest resolution printhead on the market with over 70,000 nozzles jetting 1pL droplets at nearly 10 kHZ to achieve high resolution parts at a fraction of the cost and speed of laser-based systems.

Shop Powder Station

With easy access portholes, a hand-held air pick, built-in powder sieving and recycling, and a vacuum port for easy powder maintenance, the powder station provides closed-loop powder management and recycling.

Shop Furnace

The Shop System furnace is a shop-safe high-temp sintering oven built for cost-effective high throughput. Featuring external gas hookup and adjustable shelving, the furnace easily and affordably scales to mid-volume manufacturing.

System specifications

With production rates up to 70kg of metal parts per day, the Shop System™ produces parts up to 10x faster than laser powder bed fusion. Employing a ~1pL droplet size and automated drop multiplexing up to 6pL, the Shop System achieves superior surface finish, bleed control and rich feature detail at high speed. Review the specifications below:

TECHNOLOGY

Print technologies

Binder Jetting

 

Print direction

Unidirectional

PERFORMANCE

Layer height

40-100 μm

 

DPI

1600 dpi

1 pL drop size

 

Dimensional tolerance of parts

+/- 3.0%

 

Binder jetting module

70k nozzles

5x redundancy

 

Printhead configuration

1 easily replaceable printhead

EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS

Printer

199.4 x 76.2 x 162.6 cm

78.5 x 30 x 64 in

 

Powder station

101.6 x 68.6 x 162.6 cm

40 x 27 x 64 in

 

Drying oven

66 x 62.2 x 90.2 cm

26 x 24.5 x 35.5 in

 

Blender

76.2 x 39.4 x 80 cm

30 x 15.5 x 31.5 in

 

Powder kegs

Height : 280 mm

Diameter : 250 mm

Maximum Volume : 10.6 L

 

Furnace

138.0 x 75.4 x 161.8 cm

54.3 x 29.7 x 63.7 in

BUILD ENVELOPES

4L

35 x 22.2 x 5 cm

13.8 x 8.7 x 2 in

 

8L

35 x 22.2 x 10 cm

13.8 x 8.7 x 3.9 in

 

12L

35 x 22.2 x 15 cm

13.8 x 8.7 x 5.9 in

 

16L

35 x 22.2 x 20 cm

13.8 x 8.7 x 7.9 in

POWER REQUIREMENTS

Power requirements

(excluding furnace and oven)

110/220 V, 50/60 Hz

 

Power requirements

(drying oven)

220 V, 50/60 Hz

 

Power requirements

(furnace)

08 – 220 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 30 A, 3-phase dedicated circuit

380 – 400 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 16 A, 3-phase dedicated circuit

Shop System Example Parts

Shop System applications span a variety of industries including industrial equipment, tooling, automotive, consumer, high tech, and oil & gas.

Bulb nozzle
Stop ring
Tool slip
Razor clipper
Connector
Spline taper lock

Please contact us for any questions and quotes.

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Lino3D Lab is awarded with the Authorized Distributor Certificate by XJet Ltd.

Such a great honour for Lino3D Lab to be awarded with the Authorized Distributor Cerfiticate by XJet Ltd. in Formnext 2019!
NonoParticle Jetting (NPJ) Technology is here and we are an official part of it!

 

About XJet
XJet is a provider of ground-breaking metal and ceramic additive manufacturing technologies and solutions with customers spanning three continents. Founded in 2005, XJet developed and introduced the revolutionary NanoParticle Jetting™ technology. With over a decade of research behind it, XJet NPJ technology enables the production of metal or ceramic parts with the same ease and versatility of inkjet printing without compromising throughput or quality. XJet’s world-class team of skilled industry veterans and dynamic R&D specialists holds over 80 registered and pending patents. Leveraging its proprietary technology and proven expertise, XJet is redefining the metal and ceramic AM industries.

For more information, visit: http://xjet3d.com

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New signing and a focus on production for XJet at Formnext

Making the impossible possible

Rehovot, Israel – November 20th, 2019 – On its largest stand to-date, XJet Ltd., the additive manufacturing company, is showcasing a new high volume application at Formnext this week and has signed a new customer for its alumina material. Israeli based business, Tuvia Sharon, shook hands on the deal on the opening of the exhibition in Frankfurt.

XJet’s newest ceramic material will also be beta tested by an unnamed customer in the USA, who is already successfully producing parts in zirconia with an XJet Carmel 1400.

CEO Yair Sharon, son of the founder of Tuvia Sharon, says, “Delivering extremely high mechanical and compressive strength, together with high hardness and excellent electrical insulation, the addition of alumina to our AM portfolio will bring exciting new parts to our offering. The Additive Manufacturing accuracy and fine detail made possible by XJet’s NanoParticle Jetting technology provides the user with geometric freedom that makes the difference! We are extremely enthusiastic about adding this new material to our manufacturing facility and offer our customers a wider variety and high level AM production.”

XJet is also focussed on the production capability of its technology at Formnext, unveiling new parts as a homage to a real-life application that will be on the shelves this Christmas according to XJet CBO Dror Danai, “Our zirconia earpieces are a highlight on the stand at Formnext this year. Whilst we can’t divulge details of the brand we were inspired by, we can confirm an XJet customer is now using XJet Carmel AM Systems for the production of 2500 units of this end-use part.”

 

With excellent density, fine details and smooth surfaces, NPJ technology can manufacture the ceramic parts with complex internal channels needed for delivering beautifully resonance-free, clean sound.

XJet also showcased its reformed product line-up at the show, now comprising of the Carmel 1400C devoted to ceramics and the Carmel 1400M dedicated to metals. “The reaction to the dedicated systems has been excellent, and visitors have been very interested to see our new metal sample parts,” comments Danai.

With the announcements of the appointment of Nobel Laureate (Chemistry 2011) Professor Shechtman to lead XJet’s scientific advisory board, developing XJet’s application and product roadmap, and the installation of a Carmel 1400C at KU Leuven in Belgium, just prior to Formnext, XJet is having a very successful November.

“XJet continues to make rapid progress and support its customers in making the impossible possible! With new applications that offer not just small improvements, but whole new possibilities for manufacturing parts that simply were not possible to produce before. It’s very exciting times in the world of metal and ceramic additive manufacturing!” concludes Danai.

About XJet
XJet is a provider of ground-breaking metal and ceramic additive manufacturing technologies and solutions with customers spanning three continents. Founded in 2005, XJet developed and introduced the revolutionary NanoParticle Jetting™ technology. With over a decade of research behind it, XJet NPJ technology enables the production of metal or ceramic parts with the same ease and versatility of inkjet printing without compromising throughput or quality. XJet’s world-class team of skilled industry veterans and dynamic R&D specialists holds over 80 registered and pending patents. Leveraging its proprietary technology and proven expertise, XJet is redefining the metal and ceramic AM industries.

 For more information, visit: http://xjet3d.com

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Envision One | Dental Masters Laboratory

An early adopter of 3D printing, Dental Masters utilized many competing brands of 3D printers and resins before settling on the Envision One desktop 3D printer for creating RPD patterns and models.

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Introducing Fiber

Introducing Fiber™. Starting at $3,495. Combining continuous fiber tape with industry-proven composites, Fiber™ makes it possible for every engineer to create parts with unrivaled strength and lightness, all from their desktop. Learn more at desktopmetal.com/fiber.

 

The uses depicted are actual uses by customers based on professionally designed parts using the Fiber™ printer. What you design, print, build, and use is your responsibility. Build responsibly.

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Additive Manufacturing: The Next Frontier

Desktop Metal invited thought leaders in additive manufacturing to come together to share their vision on the future of AM and the next frontier for the manufacturing industry. Roundtable participants include (from left to right):

 

– Terry Wohlers, President, Wohlers Associates

– Ken Washington, Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company

– Ric Fulop, Co-founder and CEO, Desktop Metal

– John Hart, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

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3D printing continuous fiber on the desktop

Additive manufacturing technology company expands offerings to include high-performance composites.

By Senior Editor, CompositesWorld

Desktop Metal (Burlington, Mass., U.S.), a company that specializes in metal 3D printing for product development and mass production, has announced it will expand its technology to include the composites community. Desktop Metal was founded in 2015 with a mission “to make 3D printing accessible for all engineers, designers and manufacturers,” and since then the company has brought two 3D printing technologies to market — its office-friendly metal 3D printing Studio System and its high-volume Production System metal 3D printer, which is capable of printing speeds up to 12,000 cm3/hr. Now, the company is unveiling what it says is the world’s first true continuous fiber desktop printer.

“We are now expanding our offering to bring continuous fiber 3D printing to the desktop of every engineer and designer,” says Ric Fulop, CEO and founder of Desktop Metal.  

Recent advances in additive manufacturing have seen its use become increasingly widespread for prototyping, as well as for jigs, fixtures and tooling. Desktop Metal predicts the technology will experience 10-50X growth over the next decade as a means for manufacturing end-use parts. The company recognized an opportunity in the market to bring 3D printing to an underserved area — the automation of small composites parts manufacturing. Kicking off its entry into the composites sector, Desktop Metal recently acquired Make Composites Inc. (Boston, Mass., U.S.), a startup company founded by Konstantine Fetfatsidis. Fetfatsidis was recently named 2019 SAMPE Young Professional of the Year and served previously as the advanced manufacturing R&D lead at Aurora Flight Sciences (Manassas, Va., U.S.), a Boeing company. 

 
 
 

Fetfatsidis, now vice president of composites products for Desktop Metal, explains his inspiration for starting Make. “Based on my experience in composites R&D and also in aerostructures business development dealing with customers, I got to see and work with what was accessible and the various manufacturing technologies available, and frankly got a little bit frustrated with hand layup still being state-of-the-art, particularly for the smaller parts,” he says.

He argues that for small parts — less than 20 pounds — manufacturers still rely primarily on hand layup. Such labor-intensive processes require technicians, expensive tooling and a lot of time, all of which increase the overall cost of manufacturing a part.

 
 
 
 

“Throughout my career there have been so many applications where we’d have loved to use carbon fiber — particularly at Aurora while working on eVTOL concepts — for its lightweight properties, stiffness and the strength, but the costs just didn’t add up,” says Fetfatsidis. “I thought to myself, there’s got to be a better way to automate, consolidate the number of process steps involved in traditional manufacturing, reduce tooling and reduce lead times — all the costs associated with it.”

While attempts have been made to automate the manufacture of small composite parts, the properties rarely reach the quality that industrial users are accustomed to with hand layup, and certainly not in a desktop process. In most composites 3D printing today, the resins are often not the same as those used in traditional processes, and many printers use proprietary materials that do not offer the same high performance as qualified materials, leading to non-uniformity and variability in quality. Resulting parts typically have lower fiber volume content and higher porosity than parts manufactured by hand. 

 
 
 
 

“Really there has been no end-to-end solution to do this on a desktop level with the materials that folks are used to using, until now,” says Fulop. “We’re combining the benefits of 3D printing with continuous fiber materials that are qualified for high-performance applications.”

Based on tapes

Desktop Metal’s new desktop printer adopts automated fiber placement (AFP) technology to produce high-quality fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite parts. The technology leverages the same manufacturing lines that make commercial prepreg tapes, thus tapping into an existing supply chain and taking advantage of the growth already happening in the unidirectional (UD) tapes market. In essence, the technology takes AFP and scales it down for a desktop printer. In fact, the company derived its original project name from Micro AFP Kinematic Extrusion system (Make).

 
 
 
 

The printer, which the company is calling Fiber, is designed as a modular tool changing system for use in an office or production floor environment and is capable of delivering industrial-grade manufacturing jigs, jaws, tools and fixtures, as well as end-use parts. The operator can use a Micro AFP head to lay out material and then park it and switch to a fused filament fabrication (FFF) head as needed. 

 

“For the first time, Fiber printers combine the material properties of high performance AFP continuous fiber materials with the affordability and speed of a desktop 3D printer,” says Fulop. 

 
 
 
 

The technology uses the same UD tapes qualified for high-performance applications. While the printer is capable of processing UD tapes with a wide variety of fiber and thermoplastic matrix systems, the materials available initially for the system will include polyamide 6 (PA6) with carbon fiber and glass fiber reinforcements, as well as polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and polyetherketonketone (PEKK) with carbon fiber reinforcement. The tapes, offered in a 3-millimeter-wide format, typically feature 12K tow fibers and are spooled on proprietary reels. A single 3-millimeter-wide tow is fed through the head until it gets down to the nip region, where a non-contact heater gets the temperature of the thermoplastic above its melt temperature, and a compaction roller applies pressure for consolidation of the incoming tape to the substrate beneath. A cutter in the head cuts the tape at the end of each pass. According to Fetfatsidis, the tapes offer a solution that is higher quality but more than 10 times less expensive on a per-Liter basis than a spool of 1K tow filament used in some of extrusion-based 3D printers that use continuous fiber. Plus, the higher quality of the tapes coupled with the ability to add pressure to the part through the AFP process translates to higher strength.

“We have very high-quality tapes that are used in AFP/ATL processes that have very high fiber volume loading — 60% carbon fiber — and we put that together with PEEK or PEKK high-temp matrix,” says Fetfatsidis.

Parts created with the Fiber system are said to be stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum and can be printed on the desktop. Fiber has a build volume of 320 by 240 by 270 millimeters (12.6 by 9.4 by 10.6 inches). Benefits include continuous fiber reinforcement throughout the entire part and very little porosity. Fetfatsidis says parts created with PA6 tapes can have less than 5% porosity and PEEK/PEKK tapes can yield parts with less than 1% porosity. The operator has the ability to steer tows to achieve complex shapes or particular load conditions. And because the resins are thermoplastics, the need for an autoclave cure is eliminated, as well as the need for storing the material in a freezer.

“This is very much the first product in the 3D printing realm that combines continuous carbon fiber with PEEK and PEKK in a desktop,” says Fulop.

Accessible for everyone

While Desktop Metal’s solution boasts several benefits including the ability to create end-use parts and the use of thermoplastics, arguably one of the most exciting aspects of the Fiber system is its affordability. Most systems that use continuous fiber thermoplastic tapes for the automated manufacture of composite parts are million-dollar systems. Desktop Metal’s Fiber system is available in two models through a subscription service. Fiber HT is designed to produce parts with continuous composites with <1% porosity and up to 60% continuous fiber loading with advanced matrix, including PEEK and PEKK. It can make UL 94-V0 flame retardant parts to withstand high temperatures up to 250°C, in addition to ESD compliant parts. The Fiber HT model starts at an introductory price of $5,495 per year. Meanwhile, Fiber LT starts at $3,495 per year, offering an affordable way to produce high strength ESD compliant, non-marring parts using continuous fiber with <5% porosity with PA6 thermoplastics. 

 

 
 
 
 
3D printing, additive manufacturing, continuous carbon fiber

ESD end effector. End effectors are used during the manufacturing process of printed circuit boards (PCB). This part was made with the Fiber system’s electrostatic discharge (ESD)-safe carbon fiber-reinforced PA6, to help protect PCBs from damaging electrostatic discharge throughout the assembly process. Printed as a continuous carbon fiber composite, the end effectors are extremely stiff, lightweight and able to withstand the loading of the PCB’s assembly process.  Source | Desktop Metal

“We want people to be able to buy the system, have it at their desktop at their home or office and make PEEK parts with continuous fiber,” says Fetfatsidis.

“For a few thousand dollars you can start making composite parts with high performance made out of the same tape technology that’s now used in really high-end AFP-manufactured parts,” adds Fulop.

 
 
 
 

As 3D printing’s role in manufacturing continues to grow, designers and engineers need solutions that enable a wide range of materials to be accessible. The Fiber system is a big step forward toward putting high-performance composite materials within reach of anyone who wants to take advantage of the light weight, strength and stiffness that composites offer. Desktop Metal will showcase its Fiber continuous fiber desktop 3D printing system at Formnext 2019 additive manufacturing exhibition and conference, Nov. 19-22 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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