Fabrica Group (formerly Nanofabrica) will be showcasing its market-leading micro AM technology, the Fabrica 2.0, at the upcoming Formnext event in Frankfurt. In addition, Fabrica Group will be giving a talk at the on-site conference. This is the first time that the Fabrica 2.0 has been exhibited in Europe, following its debut at the Rapid + TCT event in Chicago in September. On the booth in addition to a machine, there will be an array of parts on the show which demonstrate the components that can be manufactured, some of which are truly mind-boggling.
Avi Cohen, Head of Strategic Sales for Fabrica Group said, “We are all excited to finally be able to visit trade shows after the COVID pandemic and at last convene some face-to-face meetings in a show setting. It has been a long time, and we are happy to support Formnext 2021 as we all emerge from the lockdowns that have affected countries across the world. For Fabrica Group, this is effectively part of our global launch, as it is the first time since commercializing our Fabrica 2.0 Micro AM system that we have exhibited at a European trade event. It will be fantastic to be able to show attendees the amazing parts that our technology can produce, and the levels of detail and tolerance attainment that are now possible through the use of industrial 3D printing”.
Existing at the interface of 3D printing for production and the industry-wide drive towards miniaturization, the company’s industrial next-generation micro AM technology lifts the lid for designers and manufacturers in their quest to embrace the inherent advantage of the technology. It also enables them to exploit the ability that exists through 3D printing to build complex parts in small, medium, and high volumes in a timely and cost-effective fashion. The technology is based around a Digital Light Processor (DLP) engine, but to achieve repeatable micron levels of resolution combines DLP with the use of adaptive optics. This tool in conjunction with an array of sensors, allows for a closed feedback loop, the reason that Fabrica Group’s Fabrica 2.0 can achieve very high accuracy while remaining cost-effective as a manufacturing solution. Through internal R&D, Fabrica Group developed its own proprietary materials (based on the most commonly used industry polymers) which enable ultra-high resolution in parts built.
Cohen continued, “It is only through the unique combination of hardware, software, and material innovations at Fabrica Group that we can claim that the Fabrica 2.0 is the first 3D printing machine to not just be able to achieve unmatched precision and accuracy but to be able to do so while at the same time being commercially viable in terms of speed of production and cost of production. The Fabrica 2.0 is now proven to be a game-changer when it comes to opening up the advantages of 3D printing to the micro-manufacturing world for the very first time. Design engineers and OEMs can now see that restriction that they have to work within when designing and manufacturing for traditional manufacturing processes are no longer there. As such the Fabrica 2.0 and the use of 3D printing for micro-manufacturing will be the spur to innovation and increasingly cost-effective, speedily produced mass customizable micro parts and components into the future”.
Boasting single micron resolution, Fabrica Group’s technology is targeted squarely at the optics, semiconductors, microelectronics, MEMS, microfluidics, and life sciences sectors. These sectors exhibit high-level demand for accuracy and complexity, and until now the only route to market has been through disproportionately expensive or restrictive traditional manufacturing technologies.