Based in Milan, Italy, Shapemode has been providing prototyping, sales and assistance for DWS brand SLA technology 3D printers, for several years. Now Shapemode also distributes Sisma 3D printers, including the Everes DLP technology-based 3D printers for the jewelry and dental segments.
The operation is targeted in particular towards the needs of the dental sector, a key adoption segment for additive manufacturing that stands to benefit significantly from the speed and cost-effectiveness of the Everes line of AM systems, enabling Shapemode to better meet its customers’ needs.
In a continued effort to expand its offer into new AM segments, Sisma introduced the Everes series DLP stereolithography 3D printers in 2018. Everes Zero and Everes Uno are professional 3D printers designed for optimal user experience in the jewelry, medical, dental and industrial manufacturing markets. Each system offers a Click & Make software function, self-alignment of the building platform, non-degenerative resin vat, high printing speed: all these features provide the user an ultimate 3D printing experience, with the ability for the machine to recognize resin cartridges by RFID; this way resin loading/unloading operations are managed autonomously at the start and at the end of every single printing process.
Everes Zero/Uno Technical Specifications
- Printing speed of up to 6 min/cm in height (dental models can be printed in 10-15 minutes)
- Accuracy of up to a minimum of 10 microns in layer height
- Cost-effectiveness of consumables (the bottom of the tank is not affected by degenerative phenomena, unlike traditional tanks)
- Automated alignment and zeroing of the construction platform, without any manual intervention
- Automatic detachment of the object produced from the platform. This occurs through a mechanism that preserves the integrity of the piece and avoids manual intervention.
Making it dental
Founded by Salvatore Saldano as a distributor of high-quality 3D printing hardware, Shapemode also evolved into a 3D printing service provider and emerged for the firm’s ability to identify new business opportunities, leveraging both AM and traditional technologies in innovative ways. Shapemode has introduced the Sisma Everes Uno model in its internal equipment line up and will be able to leverage this knowledge of 3D printing processes and systems to bring it into the dental segment.
In Italy – and worldwide – 3D printing – both metallic and polymeric – has already made its way into orthodontic labs. The challenge for Shapemode will be to bring 3D printers into the dentist’s office as well.
Dr. Dario Maccari, a professional dentist who owns a practice in Guidizzolo (MN), has already introduced digital equipment such as a three-dimensional scanner, several 3D printers and other advanced technologies. Dr. Maccari explained that a 3D printer offers a processing convenience never seen before, making it suitable for use even by personnel who have less experience with 3D printing.
“3D printing enthusiasts, as I am, sometimes take this specialists’ knowledge for granted – he explained. “This [the Everes] machine stands out for its extreme practicality. The presence of automatic systems reduces the possibility of human error, opening up the possibility of begin uses by a dentist even without any particular digital skills. The machine is also invaluable in the dental practice, where it can support the 3D printers that are already present, making the process more effective through its unique features. ”
Working closely with Dr. Maccari, Shapemode launched a program of experimentation and popularization of additive technology within the dental sector.
From Res to Met
The range of Sisma products offered by Shapemode also includes printers with laser powder bed fusion (lPBF) technology for the creation of metal parts using one of the widest ranges of available materials: bronze, cobalt chrome, several steel alloys, nickel superalloys, aluminum alloys, titanium and titanium alloys all the way to precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum).
Sisma refers to its own version of lPBF technology as laser metal fusion (LMF). The systems that use this process belong to the mysint and the new Evemet line ups, ranging from a cylindrical printing area of 100 mm diameter by 10 0mm height up to 300mm diameter by 400mm height. All machines are produced in Italy with assistance and training provided by national partners. This is an aspect not to be underestimated when investing in a highly sophisticated printer, which requires advice on utilization and professional support.
As the finding need for additive manufacturing-specific training became clear over the years, Shapemode founded an internal training institute; the Numen Institute®, to provide structured training courses, with duration ranging from a month-long workshop to the annual Master degree focusing on digital manufacturing topics and additive manufacturing. Numen’s offer cover the entire spectrum of opportunities, starting with the educating digital professionals who, during their training path, can assist in research and prototyping activities carried out by Shapemode with sophisticated professional machines.
A new range of opportunities
The deal with Sisma now places Shapemode in the highest echelons of AM, with access to both photopolymer resin and metal AM technologies. Based in Piovene Rocchette, near Vicenza, Italy, Sisma emerged as a leader in the development of laser systems for the jewelry segment. The company entered the AM market in 2013 with the mysint 100 line of laser metal fusion (LMF) 3D printers. Three different systems were made available for jewelry, dental and industrial applications, including the capability of optimally processing precious metal powders in a 100 mm diameter cylindrical build platform. More recently the company introduced the larger mysint 300 system, tailored to the production of large industrial parts, with a 300 x 400 mm cylindrical build volume.
In 2019 Sisma followed up with the Evemet, the new family of Sisma laser powder bed fusion systems. With a mid-size 200 mm x 200 mm cylindrical build volume, the brand new Evemet 200 series was designed to meet production needs in the industrial and medical sectors. The system introduces a new level of process monitoring, with operating parameters displayed in progress and available in a final summary, and melt pool monitoring, with video cameras and software enabling instant verification of fusion quality and process stability.
This new line of production-ready systems also includes the Evemet Multiplo station for automatic sieving. This new accessory, which is compatible with both the Evemet 200 and mysint 300 models, automates the metal powder management cycle, even in an inert atmosphere for reactive materials and without any direct contact with the operator.
Now, these advanced production capabilities for both polymers and metals will be available through Shapemode with a 20% tax credit, as part of the Italian government fiscal incentives to kickstart growth.
This article was created in collaboration with Shapemode.