Prodways, a French 3D printing company owned by Groupe Gorgé, has launched a new DLP 3D printer through its own subsidiary Solidscape Inc. The machine, the SolidscapeDL, marks the first 3D printer launch for Solidscape since it was acquired by Prodways six months ago.
Targeted squarely at the jewelry production market, the SolidscapeDL is a high-precision resin 3D printer that leverages Solidscape’s 20+ years in the industry and specifically its wax 3D printing know how. The new 3D printer, to be presented at the upcoming Vicenzaoro tradeshow in Italy from January 18 to 23, enables users to produce high-res, castable wax models to facilitate jewelry production.
Prodways says the new DLP 3D printer can be used with new jewelry resins developed by Deltamed, another of its subsidiaries. Together, the hardware and materials reportedly have the capacity to cut production costs by a third.
Prodways own experience with DLP technology, through its MOVINGLight 3D printer series, as well as Deltamed’s custom resin development played an important role in the creation of the SolidscapeDL 3D printer. In this capacity, the new 3D printer demonstrates the “power of Prodways Group integrated strategy,” which includes 3D printer hardware, materials, software and part production.
As mentioned, the new 3D printer is aimed at jewelry producers, as it can enable the production of new and exciting geometries for wearable ornaments. “Targeting a wider range of jewelry manufacturers, the SolidscapeDL will make their investment processes smarter, more efficient, beautifully precise and profitable,” Prodways writes in a press release.
In fact, the jewelry market is arguably one of the most well prepared for a transition to additive manufacturing, following the hearing aid and dental production sectors. Presently, about 10% of global jewelry production (mostly concentrated in the high-end jewelry market) uses direct 3D printing. Within just five years, Solidscape believes it can contribute to increasing this percentage to 50%.
The SolidscapeDL 3D printer will become available to buy at the beginning of Q2 2019.