SLA 3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D will be presenting its newest 3D printer in North America for the first time at CES 2019 this week. The machine, the NXE400, is reportedly capable of print speeds six times faster than competing printers and has a build volume 2.5 times larger than comparable machines on the market.
The NXE400, also unveiled by Nexa3D at Formnext 2018, is being exhibited at CES 2019 in partnership with Techniplas in the event’s Vehicle Technology area as well as at the Dynamism booth in the 3D Printing area. The 3D printer, priced at $49,950, is expected to become commercially available early this year.
The stereolithography 3D printer is based on Nexa3D’s proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology and is capable of continuously printing up to 16 liters of parts volume at a speed of up to 1Z cm a minute. At that rate, the company says the NXE400 can compete with injection molding for rapidly manufacturing prototypes or end use parts.
“We are thrilled to introduce to the North American market at CES this groundbreaking technology that has broken the speed, size and cost barriers that have constrained our industry’s growth for decades,” commented Avi Reichental, Nexa3D Co-founder and Executive Chairman. “This is the printer that end-users, strategic partners, resellers and investors alike have been waiting for years. We are humbled to be the company to provide this much-needed advancement to the 3D printing industry.”
Nexa3D has been developing the SLA 3D printer for over two years with the help of strategic partners such as Techniplas and Dynamism. According to Izhar Medalsy, Chief Product Officer of Nexa3D, both companies are now helping to validate the marketplace impact of the NXE400.
As it showcases its latest 3D printing system at high profile events around the globe, Nexa3D is simultaneously preparing the commercial launch of the NXE 3D printer series. This process, it says, will begin to take place in the first half of 2019 and will be carried out through a multi-channel arrangement with 3D printing company XYZPrinting and BEGO, a provider of dental materials.
Based on its collaboration with BEGO, it is apparent that Nexa3D is targeting the profitable dental industry with its new 3D printer, which could be used to produce dental restorations. In addition to dental applications, the company says its SLA platform is also being explored by Techniplas in the automotive sector. To demonstrate this potential, Techniplas is exhibiting a concept vehicle at CES 2019 (presumably the same one presented at Formnext 2018) that features parts 3D printed by Nexa3D. The NXE400 also has applications in producing casting patterns as well as other functional prototypes, production tooling and end-use parts.
Looking at the printer more closely, the NXE400 is equipped with cognitive software and integrated sensors which enable optimized part performance and provide users with detailed diagnostics and monitoring capabilities. As mentioned, the 3D printer is based on Nexa3D’s LSPc technology, which consists of a new beam delivery matrix that uses an optical array and continuous and sequential coating.
With the imminent commercial release of the fast, large-format SLA machine, it will be interesting to see what other applications the NXE400 fulfills.