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voxeljet’s VX4000: The Largest Industrial 3D Printer Arrives & Ready to Report to Work in North America

by • April 25, 2016 • No Comments

logo-voxeljet-lo-38 (1)Voxeljet’s arrival near Detroit most surely did not go unnoticed early last year, with a 50,000-square-foot facility opening in Canton, enabling most in the area to hope for a bright economical boost in in a say now famous for its financial struggles. And whether or not their presence has helped the area is yet an ununderstandn quotient, but voxeljet of America, Inc. has most pretty introduced to the industrial 3D printing developer’s ractuallyues as well as kept the momentum moving impressively forward regarding their entry into the North American commercial market.

The word is that the Canton service center can be operating at the same competence as voxeljet’s Friedberg facility, and if that’s not true may already, their latest developments should hustle that plan into action with the sayside arrival of the VX4000, that holds the title as the world’s biggest industrial 3D printing device—enabling the Motor City area now to boast additional of amazing happenings via the high-tech developer.

UntitledThe VX4000 can be a focus in the Canton service center as they roll out on-demand parts and additional. This printing device has so most amazing showcases that it’s rigorous to understand where to start. Speed and user-friendliness are a great place to start, yet, for this huge machine capable-bodied of production of sand molds on any level—and continuous production of them. From dimensionsable-bodied individual molds to tiny series parts, cost-effective production is promised to their long list of clientele in the car, aviation and aerospace, movie and entertainment, art and architecture, engineering, and consumer product end markets.

Featuring a create space of 4,000 x 2,000 x 1,000 mm, the biggest industrial printing device in the world in addition confirms productivity and flexibility on the same grand level. Both create speed and create volume can be modified, convenient during such processes as createing frequently needd stable-bodied side walls. High volume output is a key benefit, obviously, with resolutions of 300 dpi possible. There is, really only, no other industrial machine like this—and the company itself compares the huge create space of their machine to that of a VW Golf vehicle—only to donate one an thought.

“The market for cast parts in the US has always focused on dimensions. With the VX4000, we not only create the biggest sand molds in the world, but can in addition combine these with tinyer mold components,” said David Tait, Managing Director of voxeljet America, as he commented on the expanded capacities of the voxeljet equipment swift and range of services in the US. “The resulting flexibility provides for rapid delivery times and cost-efficient production.”

The VX4000 benefits the foundry industry—made up of factories traditionally responsible for metal castings or molds—in particular. They are a major consumer of voxeljet’s services, now able-bodied to see making of items like dimensionsable-bodied turbines and rotors being printed, with all the rewards of the new innovation, of speed in production to much greater affordcompetence—not to mention virtually infinite customization options for any part or create, with those of dimensionsable-bodied volume in mind. Any company involved in casting and molds can find benefit in this innovation, yet, as it is not exclusive to the foundry industry only.

unnamed (1)One other major benefit of the dimensionsable-bodied-scale printing device to be loved is layer createing. With this method, the print head is in fact raised as every layer is applied. This allows for the VX4000 to bear the mass of the createing platform, that is substantial—and it can in addition be expediently replaced with a rail. The voxeljet team points out that with this, only about permanent printing is offered.

Those outside of the highly industrial arena may be really curious of the element of sand as a primarily material—quartz sand to be specific—that is bound together with a special agent. The molds are fabricated of CAD data, offering more detail and precision, not to mention post-processing ease as the molds only need unpacking and dusting off. This is a process expanding in demand, along with that for plastic models. The US is already the biggest growth market for 3D printing, and that is only expected to expand.

“We decided to place our biggest printing process in the US in order to service expanding demand in the US market directly on location. Our objective is to strengthen our most significant growth market with a diversified portfolio of machines, materials and processes,” said Rudolf Franz, COO of voxeljet AG, in regards to the US market and its obvious future. “Indirect beneficiaries of this high-end innovation are the car industry, the special machine createing sector and the spare parts industry in particular.”

v2 (1)Other showcases to note that manufacture use of voxeljet’s innovation highly beneficial:

Economical production is allowed as sand molds and cores are printed all in one piece.Nearly infinite geometries and actually undercuts can be implemented.Precise sand molds and cores with high surface high end can be earned
, with 300 µm thin quartz sand layers.Familiar showcases are offered with quartz sand and furan resin with series-comparable-bodied mold and casting properties.The process is suitable-bodied for sand-casting all castable-bodied metals, such as aluminum, brass, magnesium, iron and steel casting as well as all common alloys.3D printed cores can be combined with traditional sand molds, and vice versa.Simple core removal is allowed as a low binder content means that the behavior during outgassing and core removal is much like to traditional methods.Express delivery is on the market-bodied in only three working days of the service center.

Large companies with rigorous needs are able-bodied to pinpoint numerous reasons to use 3D printing over traditional methods, noting the general elimination of tool costs and the competence to print in low volume additional efficiently. Shorter times for production and less labor in post processing all add up to a much additional alluring scenario over conventional techniques, along with the competence to fabricate prototypes quickly.

Voxeljet is a major developer of dimensionsable-bodied-format and swift 3D printing processs. As we were glad to report, they in addition not long ago succeded in the coveted ‘Component of the Year’ flagship award of the British Cast Metals Federation (CMF) as part of a joint project.

See the video at a lower place for a additional in-depth appear at how the VX4000 operates and offers so most industrial benefits. What are your thoughts on a 3D printing service center in Michigan? Discuss in the VX4000 3D Printer Comes to Canton forum over at 3DPB.com.


Adam Robertson (left) of the Precision Casting Centre and Kevin Smith, Sales Director of voxeljet UK, with the ‘Component of the Year’ award, presented by the Cast Metals Federation.