Traditional desktop 3D printers are perfect for prototype parts, but can be costly in terms of volume production and time-to-market. Conversely, industrial manufacturers can customize our large format 3D printers, providing the ability to produce near-net shape parts. The result is decreased costs and reduced time-to-market.
Current extruders are limited in terms of their thermal capacity, therefore making them insufficient in their abilities to melt and dispense filament rapidly. They typically have an average throughput of 36 grams per hour. In contrast, our HFE 900 high flow extruders can provide a throughput of 1,350 grams per hour, resulting in decreased 3D print time.
3DP is harnessing the energy of a global network of material scientists by using open market solutions. Within these open markets, skilled experts blend various polymers to achieve specific end goals for certain projects. Additionally, open software markets can spark innovation by providing real-time 3D printed models that can be easily accessed and shared.
Technology used for commercial-grade products won’t work for production applications. Therefore, companies need to answer the demands of reliability and performance by utilizing industry-proven mechanical and electrical components. For this reason, 3DP offers motion system technology that improves cycle time and final part quality.
Use a small diameter nozzle for fine layer resolutions. Go bigger with a large extruder and a large diameter nozzle for fast printing and ultra-strong parts.
3D Platform is an industrial strength large format 3D printer manufacturer. Don’t let the words industrial strength or large format scare you. In fact, printing with 3DP is easy as easy as 1 – 2- 3D! Watch our video and learn how to 3D print BIG.
Start with a 3D model either created in 3D modeling software such as a CAD program or download it from the internet. Next, save the model as an OBJ or an STL file. The 3D printer processing software best understands these file types.
Once the file is imported you will need to set a few standard model modifiers such as the number of top and bottom layers, perimeters and infill. For example, starting with a simple square box, import the STL and then set up the model modifiers. They include three top solid layers, three bottom solid layers, and two outside perimeters. Next, we increase the strength in the infill box by setting the interior fill percentage to 20 percent. Additionally, if supports are needed, they can be added by clicking the “generate support material” button. These settings will likely change with each print depending on their unique intended use. Click “Ok” to accept the process settings and observe the model with its new layer slices. Finally, save the file to the SD-card in g-code format. This gives the printer step-by-step instructions for printing the part.
Begin by inserting the SD-card into the card reader of the LCD panel. Next, heat the bed. Remember that it is very important that you home the axes prior to each print. Now, select the print from the SD-card and select the g-code file. The LCD screen shows the extruder temperature. Once the target temperature is reached, then the print will begin. Watch the first few layers to make sure the print adheres to the build area and that the filament is flowing smoothly. Now let’s get started with your first large format 3D print with 3D Platform!
The WorkCenter 500 Series Extra Large Format 3D Printer – A bigger build area that’s also affordable.
The extra-large build volume of 1,400 mm x 2,800 mm x 700 mm provides aﬀordability, but without sacriﬁcing quality or throughput. The WorkCenter 500 is currently the only machine in the large format category to provide the option of pellet or ﬁlament extruder(s) – or both!
The WorkCell – Our large format 3D printer with heated enclosure!
Coming in Late 2019! – With a print volume of more than 1 cubic meter, the WorkCell’s heated enclosure will enable users to go beyond polymers that are typically printed in an open ambient environment, including commodity plastics, engineered plastics, and high performance Plastics.
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