Modix, a large-format 3D printer specialist based in Tel Aviv, Israel, has launched its latest printer, the Modix MAMA. The “Modular Additive Manufacturing Assembler” has a variable print volume of between 1 x 1 x 1 meters and 2 x 5 x 1 meters, and will be presented next week at Formnext alongside other large-format machines.
According to Modix, the MAMA is targeted at the automotive, aviation and marine industries, where the demand for extra-large build envelopes may be at its highest. The company has even dubbed its new printer a “personal car factory,” since the largest configuration of the system is able to print vehicle-size objects. (Given the massive size of printer, Modix will deliver it to customers as a self-assembly kit.)
In addition to its impressive size, the MAMA is designed to print quickly, processing several kilograms of filament per hour. It is compatible with high-flow extruders such as Canadian Dyze Design’s Pulsar pallet extruder and the Typhoon high-speed extruder.
Throughout its history, Modix has worked with both startups and large companies such as Boeing, Amazon Robotics and General Electric, and the 3D printer manufacturer says there was demand from such clients for larger machines capable of printing large structures. “A frequent request is for a very large 3D printer that will allow printing of very large models in one piece,” said Shachar Gafni, Modix CEO.
Gafni also believes large-format 3D printers like the MAMA could reshape vehicle production: “Automotive and Aviation…are undergoing transformations in both design and production,” he explained. “Thanks to 3D printing, we believe that in the future vehicles will look unique and different one from each other, and we hope that the visually boring era of mass production will soon be over.”
Modix will demonstrate the MAMA printer next week at Formnext. It will also demonstrate a range of other machines, including the 1.2-meter-tall Modix 120Z, the “very wide” Modix 180X and the Modix Meter, which offers a print volume of 1 x 1 x 0.6 meters.
Modix will announce pricing for the MAMA in Q1 2020, and the company says its product will be affordable for startups and SMEs. The 120Z, 180X and Meter all retail for around $10,000.