Press Release - First prototypes for UK customers

World’s largest commercial 3D sand printer produces first prototypes for UK customers

 

London-based 3Dealise Ltd has today 3D-printed its first prototypes for a UK customer using the ExOne S-Max: the largest and fastest 3D sand printer currently available on the market, capable of producing prints up to the size of a phone box (maximum build volume 1800 x 1000 x 700 mm).

3Dealise uses a sand printing process to produce moulds from which large metal castings can be created. This eliminates the need for a casting pattern and cuts out an entire production step. 3D printing of casting moulds is particularly well suited to create metal prototypes and small production series.

 

Engineering and copying

 

The full-service concept offered by 3Dealise comprises scanning, engineering and printing. This allows copying and reverse engineering of existing parts. A 3Dealise video (http://youtu.be/9JoPXiC7KoQ) shows this capability being used to reproduce and repair the damaged cylinder on a 1912 Brush car.

 

3Dealise CEO Roland Stapper commented “This new technology is important for two reasons:

 

First, the success of UK manufacturing depends on the ability to quickly innovate and turn ideas into prototypes and then products. By enabling clients to go directly from a computer design to a high quality and high precision prototype, we can speed up the prototype cycle, which can give UK manufacturers a real edge.

 

Second, there is a major trend away from mass production and towards customised products designed to meet specific needs. 3D printing is particularly well suited to produce customised products because every print can be different. Local UK production is crucial to this concept, because shipping time must be minimised.

 

3D Printer 3DealiseSand Prints for Ø1200mm Pump

Left: 3D printer at 3Dealise

Right: sand prints for a Ø1200 mm pump

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