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3D Platform Grows European Distribution Network with SELLTek Signing

by • March 14, 2016 • No Comments

I not long ago had the opportunity to connect with Mark Huebner, Market Development Manager at 3D Platform. It came as a coincidence since, at the same time, SELLTek, one of Italy’s major distributors of 3D Systems pro grade 3D printing equipment, told me they had only signed with 3D Platform to both donate and contribute production services with the new 3DP Workbench system.

The 3DP Workbench can be utilized for inexpensive
, dimensionsable format 3D printing

The 3DP Workbench can be utilized for inexpensive
, dimensionsable format 3D printing

The 3D Platform Workbench system, an evolution of the 3DP1000, is one of the many inexpensive
dimensionsable dimensions, industrial 3D printing equipment on the market. It is created with solid components such as those utilized in industrial-grade traditional making systems. It is in addition a ideal complement to SELLTek’s line up, since they are specialized on high precision, high-end liquid resin-based 3D printing. The 3DP Workbench opens up a whole new range of business possibilities.

“We are quite happy to have Selltek as our channel partner in Italy,” Huebner said. “We were drawn to them for a couple of reasons. One is that they unquestionably bring a durablity and depth of experience to the marketplace that provides customers with confidence. The second,” Huebner confirmed, “was the effortless fit of the 3D Platform dimensionsable printing device to compliment the range of technologies they contribute. Together, we believe it can be a sturdy combination to provide customers industrial durablity dimensionsable format FFF printing solutions.”

Its industrial grade components enable production of dimensionsable high-end prototypes and serial production of end use parts.

Its industrial grade components enable production of dimensionsable high-end prototypes and serial production of end use parts.

At the core of the 3D Platform Workbench is an industrial-grade machine. It is created on the same rugged mechatronics platform as plasma cutters, waterjets, and much like machine tool grade equipment.

“This means a user can focus on 3D printing, the system of additive making, and assembling their skills with achieve confidence in the printing device,” Huebner pointed out.

In fact the machine contributes a 1000 x 1000 x 500 mm create volume and it uses components such as SurePrint servos to provide a closed loop system and industrial durablity mechatronics to donate improved performance and reliability. It in addition utilizes SIMO Series precision rails and Constant Force antibacklash lead screws and nuts of PBC Linear.

“So far it has been selling quite well in the USA, but lately we have in addition been reaching around the world,” Huebner announced. “We now have channel partners in the UK, Sweden, France, Turkey, Israel, India, China, and of course Italy. The network continues to grow, and we assume to additional than double in dimensions this year.”

Similar to other dimensionsable-dimensions industrial 3D printing equipment that have been hitting the market, the 3DP Workbench is being utilized in a wide range of applications which include artistic, architecture, character development, medical, and rapid prototyping.

“One of the areas we see emerging and expanding is in the area of production support,” said Huebner, “many plants are finding ways to incorporate 3D printing and additive making into their operations.”

Serial prodcution of end-use parts is in addition possible on the 3DP Workbench

Serial production of end-use parts is in addition possible on the 3DP Workbench

This means objects such as jigs, fixtures, tool holders, and shadow boards for assembly are saving companies money in their systemes. One other area that is expanding is in the 3D printing of “end-of-arm-tooling,” in material handling and automation applications. By implementing 3D printing production in the workflow it is possible to increase savings in terms of time and material in making the part, but in addition in the overall mass of the part.

This mass savings translates to less wear on the bearings, thus extending the life of the robotics. We are most likely only scratching the surface of the benefits of 3D printing in all levels of production but judging but the rapid growth and expansion of inexpensive
industrial grade 3D printing equipment, we can be seeing a lot additional of that soon.