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INTAMSYS installed over 1,500 high temperature 3D printers to date

INTAMSYS reported that it has sold over 1,500 AM systems for high-performance materials such as PEEK, PEKK, PAEK and PEI to date. The Chinese manufacturer, whose name stands for INtelligent AM SYStems, has strived to make this technology industrially mature since its start in 2013. Last year only, almost 500 FUNMAT HT, the industrial entry-level system, were sold worldwide.

Now the company is set on scaling up its expansion, by investing in setting up a global organization. Bart Leferink, with experience in both polymer and metal printing technology, is expanding the EMEA organization, with a European headquarter in Stuttgart. Paul Carlson, active in the AM industry since 2003, with 16 years of Stratasys experience, manages the activities in the Americas. “With our own branches in Europe and the US, we want to be close to our customers and our channel partners,” said Leferink. These channel partners will support customers with consultancy, application development, and service, whilst top key accounts will be managed and supported by the European INTAMSYS team in cooperation with the channel partners.

INTAMSYS has developed a complete line of industrial thermoplastic filament extrusion (FFF) 3D printers for all applications that benefit from high-performance engineering plastics, ranging from the hard PEEK materials to ABS. In all the high temperatures capable 3D printers INTAMSYS offers the ability to customize temperature settings to optimize the print process. The entry model FUNMAT HT was designed from scratch for printing with high-temperature filaments. It comes with a single extruder with a 450 °C nozzle, 160 °C heated build plate and the entire build room is heated. Motors and other components are selected to keep functioning properly and accurately under high temperatures.

INTAMSYS installed

The new FUNMAT Pro 610 HT will be installed at the first pilot customers before the end of this year. INTAMSYS is taking orders now but as of the first quarter of 2021 the system will be fully released for sale also through its resellers. Bart Leferink: ” The FUNMAT PRO 610 HT is in many ways a superior alternative to the few existing larger format higher temperature printers currently available on the market in terms of temperature, build volume, certified materials and productivity features such as the four filament spools in the filament bay that are changed automatically. This allows the FUNMAT Pro 610 HT to print continuously. Just like the FUNMAT PRO 410, the 610 HT has two extruders for 3D printing two different polymers in one part or you use the second extruder for support material.

Two other key elements in the strategy of INTAMSYS are the open platform – in all the systems – and certification. INTAMSYS offers with the FUNMAT series an open platform, so customers can choose their own materials. These materials are certified in partnership with material providers to provide customers optimized parameter settings. To help customers being compliant with health & safety regulations INTAMSYS publishes an MDS (Material Data Sheet) that gives insight into chemical composition. Furthermore, INTAMSYS gives customers access to all the data during the 3D print process. They can extract for instance the data from the FUNMAT PRO 610 HT printer and use these for certification and qualifying purposes. INTAMSYS also offers Machinery Directive CE certification. “We support our customers building a complete AM process that’s is safe for employees, compliant to regulations and competitive to other manufacturing techniques”, says Bart Leferink.

To further boost their growth plans, INTAMSYS will open its European Application Center in Germany at the beginning of 2021.

Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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