3D printer – speeds up to 100mm/hr
Rock Hill, South Carolina – 3D Systems’ Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer enables same-day functional prototyping iteration and low volume production at speeds up to 100mm/hour while delivering Six Sigma repeatability. The statistical result is stated as Cpk >2, where Cpk is the process capacity index.
“The combination of speed and accuracy complemented by a light-based UV curing process, which takes minutes versus hours required by heat-based curing processes, enables ultra-fast throughput and time-to-part,” says Phil Schultz, senior vice president, general manager, on demand manufacturing and plastics, 3D Systems.
Materials developed to work with the Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer, enabling the creation of parts for rapid design iteration, functional prototypes, and low volume production with durability, elasticity, and functionality include:
Figure 4 TOUGH-GRY 10 – High-speed material for rapid design iterations providing up to 100mm/hr build speed
Figure 4 TOUGH-GRY 15 – Strong, rigid material for production applications
Figure 4 ELAST-BLK – Elastomeric black material for iteration and design verification of flexible parts
Figure 4 JCAST-GRN – Castable, green material optimized for investment casting of jewelry patterns
3D Sprint advanced software for preparation, editing, printing, and management, is included with the Figure 4 Standalone system.
Plans are to integrate 3D Connect into the Figure 4 platform. 3D Connect is a cloud-based software solution that includes two modules:
3D Connect Service – For remote diagnostics
3D Connect Manage – For fleet management.
Figure 4 Standalone is one available configuration in the Figure 4 portfolio. Figure 4 is design in configurable units for scalability, enabling manufacturing capacity to grow alongside demand in the customer's environment. Manufacturers can grow with the technology from Figure 4 Standalone for rapid prototyping and low volume direct 3D production, to Figure 4 Modular that scales as parts demand grows, up to Figure 4 Production for a fully-automated, fully-integrated factory solution.
What are the biggest challenges you see the medical device manufacturing industry facing in 2019?
- Ability to invest in technology
- Access to capital/credit/financing
- Changing regulatory environment
- Increased market competition
- New product development
- Pricing pressures
- Retaining/growing a skilled workforce