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Large build volume
3D Platform is committed to making your biggest ideas a reality. We design products that push the limits of innovation, and that’s why we are a leader in the manufacturing of large format, industrial-strength 3D printers. A widening variety of industries in manufacturing, entertainment, and academia have continued to take full advantage of these large format printers to create prototypes, mass-produce products, and build the future.
What is large? Our large build area is up to 1 meter x 1.5 meter x 0.7 meter. This offers over 200-percent more creative space than a typical desktop 3D printer, and means our customers don’t have to scale down or print multiple parts that require assembly. In addition, a large build area can incorporate rapid design iterations to vastly reduce market entry time.
Traditional desktop 3D printers are fine for prototyping parts, but can be costly in terms of volume production and time-to-market. In contrast, industrial manufacturers can customize our large format 3D printers, providing the ability to produce near-net shape parts. The result is decreased costs and reduced time-to-market.
Large format 3D printing made easy
Don’t let the words industrial strength or large format scare you! Printing with 3DP can be as easy as easy as 1 - 2 - 3D! Learn the different steps on how to successfully create a 3D print by watching our video 1-2-3D Printing.
Create your 3D model. Start with a 3D model that was either created in 3D modeling software or download from the internet. Next, save the model as an OBJ or an STL file. The 3D printer processing software best understands these file types.
Process the model in 3D printing software. Import the file and set a few standard model modifiers such as the number of top and bottom layers, perimeters, and infill. Next, increase the strength in the infill box by setting the interior fill percentage to 20 percent. If supports are needed, they can be added by clicking the “generate support material” button. Click “Ok” to accept the process settings and observe the model with its new layer slices. Finally, save the file in g-code format, which gives the printer step-by-step instructions.
Send file to printer. Heat the bed and remember to home the axes prior to each print. Next, select the g-code file. Once the target temperature for the extruder is reached, then the print will begin. Watch the first few layers to make sure the print adheres to the build area and that the filament is flowing smoothly.
Unmatched speed with 3DP extruders
Push your additive manufacturing to new heights with 16-times the speed of competitors’ extruders. Current market extruders are limited in terms of their thermal capacity, therefore making them insufficient in their abilities to melt and dispense filament rapidly. They typically have an average throughput of 36 grams per hour. In contrast, our HFE 900 high flow extruders can provide a throughput of 1,350 grams per hour, resulting in a substantial decrease in 3D print time.
Our flexible line of extruders allows you to change nozzles depending upon your application and purpose. Use a small diameter nozzle for fine layer resolutions or go bigger with large diameter nozzles for fast printing and strong parts. Modular designs can accommodate filament sizes from 1.75 mm to 6 mm and nozzles sizes from 0.2 mm to 5 mm. In addition, quick-swap dual extruder heads deliver high quality 3D prints while being independently controlled for speed and extruded material amounts.
Reliability with the open market advantage
Technology used for commercial-grade products won’t work for production applications. Therefore, companies need to answer the demands of reliability and performance by utilizing industry-proven mechanical and electrical components. For this reason, 3DP offers motion system technology that improves cycle time and final part quality.
3DP is harnessing the energy of a global network of material scientists by using open market solutions. Within these open markets, skilled experts blend various polymers to achieve specific end goals for certain projects. Additionally, open software markets can spark innovation by providing real-time 3D printed models that can be easily accessed and shared. Open source and reliability are why top industry leaders look to 3D Platform to stay competitive in demanding markets.