BigRep GmbH and Thought3D have cooperated to bring first-layer adhesive Magigoo to large-scale build area FFF industrial 3D printers, with the aim of increasing printing reliability and maintenance convenience.
BigRep is one of the world’s leading providers of large-format 3D printers, making them affordable and reliable tools for additive manufacturing for various industries. Today the printers are adopted by many automotive, construction, furniture, design and architecture companies who have a growing need to prototype and run small-scale production worldwide.
“BigRep customers expect high-quality end products. Magigoo is a reliable product that helps our dependable workhorse printers to achieve great large-scale results.” Moshe Aknin, Chief Technology Officer at BigRep.
With a consistent increase in new adopters and their requirement for novel materials, it is a great challenge to provide ubiquitous hardware that works equally well for each material, since every material requires different printing conditions. With all this, it is still vital to provide customers with solutions that work reliably and allow them the flexibility to print with any material without requiring regular change in hardware.
Magigoo is a smart adhesive designed specifically for 3D printing. It is designed to work in par with a heated bed. It has been designed to stick when the bed is hot and to release as soon as it cools down, increasing reliability as well as throughput. Its solvent-free and environmentally friendly formula makes it easy to ship and safe to work with. The new big bottle developed with BigRep in mind allows for easier and faster application on a large print area.
“We enjoyed working with BigRep to extend our product range for large format 3D printers and we are glad to provide a product that meets high demands of industrial clients. We hope to continue this collaboration with BigRep. Magigoo’s development road map is underway. We are expanding our product portfolio to include even wider spectrum of smart adhesives targeting engineering materials”. Dr. Keith M Azzopardi, Co-Founder and R&D Lead at Thought3D.
In one particular instance, BigRep was printing a cross-section of its creative team’s bionic propeller design on The ONE printer. Given the propeller model’s area of contact was rather small, the BigRep team needed Magigoo on the print bed to aide in printing the large part’s challenging geometry. Moreover, the object’s overhangs and sharp details could have led to object detachment, but with the Magigoo adhesive, BigRep was able to successfully print several cross-sections of the model for prototyping.