With the RAPID 3D printing conference in Detroit this week, 3D printing companies have released a ton of exciting news, from new partnerships, to new production applications, to new materials and hardware. To stay on top of what is easily one of the busiest weeks in additive manufacturing media, we’ve put together a comprehensive roundup of the week’s new 3D printer hardware releases. Check them out below as well as the rest of our latest RAPID coverage.
Impossible Objects presented its new CBAM-2 3D printer based on its patented Composite Based Additive Manufacturing process. The new CBAM-2 system delivers complex parts on an industrial scale and reportedly speeds up the AM process as much as 10x. The CBAM-2 combines high-performance polymers with long-fiber carbon and fiberglass sheets to rapidly print composite parts that are stronger, lighter, with better temperature performance and more durable than parts made using conventional 3D printing methods.
SHINING 3D is expanding its additive manufacturing hardware line with the release of the new EP-M150 compact metal powder bed fusion 3D printer. The new versatile and compact printer was designed to provide support to the growing segment of small metal printing applications. Its compact size makes it the right tool for a myriad of industries including medical, dental, jewelry and other small metal applications.
San Francisco startup Origin has introduced the Origin One 3D printer, based on its programmable polymerization process (also known as P3). The newly launched 3D printer is capable of producing highly detailed and accurate parts thanks to its light, heat and forces control. The P3 process monitors polymerization data and automatically optimized the production conditions. The Origin One has a build volume of 192 x 108 x 350 mm.
California-based thermoplastic 3D printing company NXT Factory unveiled its high-speed Quantum Laser Sintering system, the QLS 350. The 3D printer is reportedly capable of achieving print rates four times faster than other laser sintering system and comparable to HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology. The system’s print rates are enabled by NXT Factory’s proprietary beam delivery system, autonomous powder management, thermal management and automated docking.
Large-format 3D printer manufacturer BigRep revealed its newest AM system, the STUDIO G2. The hardware is the latest generation of BigRep’s STUDIO 3D printer line and it introduces a range of improvements, including compatibility with engineering-grade materials. BigRep introduced its original STUDIO 3D printing system in 2016. The latest iteration of the STUDIO system—the STUDIO G2—maintains many of the qualities of the original machine while introducing new features for improved speed and quality.
Omaha-based ceramic 3D printing company Tethon 3D debuted its new Bison 1000 DLP ceramic 3D printer this week. The DLP photopolymerization system was developed in collaboration with the University of Nebraska after the company received a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to develop a new ceramic and metal 3D printing system, not even a year ago. The printer has a build size of 110 x 60 x 130 mm, with 57-micron pixels and layer thickness that can be set at 25, 50 and 100 micron. It will also have an FHD resolution (1920 x 1080) and will support .stl, .obj as well as .amf files formats.