Recognizing the shift in the shape of the 3D printing industry, Dutch 3D printer maker FELIXprinters is repositioning itself and its portfolio of products to serve the changing needs of industry constituents. This means that the company has now identified a growing trend in adoption of 3D printers beyond industrial use and into broader segments such as education.
This also marks a strong inversion of trends: after the “consumer 3D printing hype bubble” many affordable 3D printer companies worked to refocus on providing industrial engineering and prototyping capabilities. Now the time may have come for the 3D printer market to once again begin to move away from pure industrial use. Suche trends would be in line with Gartner’s 3D printing adoption curve, which identifies an initial spike and subsequent crash, before a period of more stable and continuous linear growth. As the Netherlands have often represented the cradle of several major trends in 3D printing adoption (Shapeways, 3D Hubs, Janne Kyttanen’s early work with consumer 3D printing, Ultimaker and so on) this new approach by FELIXprinters. should could be the start of something larger.
Headquartered close to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, FELIXprinters is a 3D printing company with a strong heritage and precision technology focus. The company’s range of 3D printers and ancillary products and services provide a wide range of capabilities and offer many options for companies embracing and looking to embrace 3D printing into their workflows.
From Pro to STEAM
A dominant feature of the FELIXprinters range of 3D printers is its Pro series of machines, developed specifically to meet the demands of industry users. Industry today is embracing 3D printing to achieve critical business goals such as increased innovation in product design and development, reduction in time from design to market, and cost-effective prototyping and production. The Pro series from FELIXprinters provides top-end, highly-reliable, and powerful 3D printing solutions for industry users, and sets itself apart from other technology providers by the extent of the relationship that it encourages with its customers.
According to Guillaume Feliksdal, Founder and Director of FELIXprinters: “This is a deliberate strategy founded on the belief that our customers, whatever their size or shape, get the best from their use of our 3D printing technologies when we work with them directly and become a strategic partner and advisor for them. We work closely with all our industrial customers to ensure that the use of the technology is optimized for each individual application.”
For any organization involved in product development, manufacturing, and research, a flexible approach is fundamental. The FELIX Pro series enables this type of approach because the printers have been specifically designed and developed to meet the needs of professional users with superior levels of functionality, reliability, and ease-of-use. The Pro series in this way provides engineering solutions for a wide range of prototyping and low volume production applications.
These high-quality products are offered together with extensive support services from FELIXprinter’s highly trained engineers and technicians. By working directly with clients to achieve the best possible outcomes from their 3D printers for dedicated applications, FELIXprinters has established itself as a trusted and highly robust brand.
However, while reliability runs through every fiber of the company, the rapid development of desktop 3D printing in the last decade has made it much more accessible in terms of costs and ease-of-use, and not every 3D printer user is industrially focused. This is evident in a number of areas where 3D printing continues to be readily adopted such as in schools and universities and among a number of individuals that constitute the Maker Movement — a global community that is growing in numbers and which embraces the philosophies of making, learning, and sharing.
As Industry 4.0 continues to become embedded across many sectors, digital 3D technologies are increasingly important for cross curricula learning, particularly across the STEAM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Maths, in a way that will fill the current skills gap out in the real world.
The importance of embracing 3D technologies, including 3D printing, is vital and this means a hands-on learning approach with the technology. With its robust and versatile TEC series, FELIXprinters works closely with schools, colleges and universities to provide 3D printers that are ideally suited to demonstrate the functionality and versatility of 3D printing for a wide range of applications that are relevant to students and next-generation engineers.