3D Systems SLA system offers alternative to injection moulding

Editor: Barbara Schulz

USA – At IMTS 2016, 3D Systems unveiled its strategy, solutions, partnerships and updated management team to help customers leverage its digital manufacturing solutions and transition from prototyping to production.

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3D Systems was demonstrating the latest advancements to its Figure 4 technology, the company’s fast, modular Stereolithography (SLA) system designed for the production of plastic parts on the factory floor.
3D Systems was demonstrating the latest advancements to its Figure 4 technology, the company’s fast, modular Stereolithography (SLA) system designed for the production of plastic parts on the factory floor.
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At an exclusive launch event 3D Systems’ President and CEO Vyomesh Joshi shared his positive outlook on the 3D printing industry and the reasons he believes 3D printing is at an inflection point.

“Rapid prototyping was the original application for 3D printing and will continue to be an important part of our business,” he said. “However, we believe we have the technology and assets today to make 3D production real and provide profitable growth for our company.”

Joshi explained how 3D Systems’ complete digital manufacturing ecosystem uniquely enables customers to digitise, design, simulate, manufacture, inspect and manage as they transition towards end-use part production. He also officially launched 3D-Xpert, 3D Systems’ software solution for streamlining and automating pre- and post-production processes for direct metal printin. Additionally, Joshi announced a strategic partnership with PTC, a leading provider of CAD, PLM, and IOT technology.

Jim Heppelmann, PTC’s president and CEO, joined Joshi on stage to share how the two companies are working together to integrate 3D Systems’ 3D Sprint SDK into PTC’s flagship Creo CAD platform. The collaboration will provide Creo-users with seamless CAD-to-print functionality, the supplier explained.

Moreover, 3D Systems was demonstrating the latest advancements to its Figure 4 technology, the company’s fast, modular Stereolithography (SLA) system designed for the production of plastic parts on the factory floor. Featuring print speeds of up to 50-times faster than conventional systems as well as the ability to integrate with secondary processes such as finishing and coating, the productivity and flexibility of the Figure 4 platform make it a viable and intelligent digital alternative to injection moulding, the company said. As part of 3D Systems’ latest developments, the company has expanded Figure 4 capabilities to incorporate automatic, in-line 3D inspection of parts for closed-loop manufacturing. Simultaneous to part inspection and measurement, the system also generates a real time, detailed report with go/no-go feedback, providing users with confidence in part compliance.

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