3D Platform, the makers of large-format 3D printers the 3DP1000 and 3DP Workbench, have announced two new 3D printer concepts at this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. The 3D printers are targeted at production applications, being designed to meet the increasing scalability demands of manufacturers.
The 3D printers are called the Excel 100 Series and the XL-Delta, and they both offer substantial build volumes, while meeting the low resolution manufacturers require, and then some. Here’s everything you need to know about them:
3D Platform Excel 100 Series
The 3D Platform Excel 100 Series is a new venture for 3D Platform, with a parallel gantry configuration that supports multiple processes including additive, subtractive and robotics manufacturing, rendering it future proof, or at the very least highly versatile. Add to that the printer’s standard 4 ft x 4 ft x 8 ft (1.2 x 1.2 x 2.4 m) build area, and an outstanding output of 2 kg/hr to as high as 55 kg/hr per gantry, and what you have is a colossal machine.
In addition to those impressive specifications, the Excel 100 Series can be physically extended to over 100-metres, thus allowing manufacturers to 3D print larger parts than ever before. So what’s powering this beast? Components by the likes of PBC Linear, THK and Shimpo. These industrial-grade components are used to shape linear guides and gantry lines, and to power motion control and robotics. What does all this mean? Quite simply, that the Excel 100 Series is a multi-gantry 3D printer worthy of serious manufacturer investment.
3D Platform XL-Delta
The 3D Platform XL-Delta is designed to print tall items; as its name suggests, this is a large format 3D printer in a delta (tall) arrangement as opposed to a cartesian arrangement, with a work area that can be up to a staggering 4 metres tall. It is an absolutely huge 3D printer, capable of printing extremely tall prototypes and end-use parts.
There are actually four different XL Delta sizes to choose from, which are as follows: 1m x 1m, 1m x 2m, 1m x 3m and 1m x 4m. Manufacturers therefore have lots of choice, to suit their requirements.
As with the Excel 100 Series, the XL Delta 3D printer has been created in partnership with PBC Linear, Xtrution, THK, Yaskawa, and Shimpo, who have provided the industrial-grade components required to make the XL Delta capable of motion control and robotics manufacturing. Through this all-star partnership, 3D Platform’s XL Delta is just as capable as the Excel 100 Series, while offering something new: the ability to 3D print extremely tall objects.
To find out more about the 3D Platform Excel 100 Series or the XL Delta, please refer to the manufacturer’s website. A link to the website can be found below.
Image credits: 3D Platform.