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Introducing the Figure 4 Modular

18.06.2019

The Figure 4 Modular is among the most groundbreaking technologies to emerge from the 3D printing world in recent years. It is the first of its kind to bring together ultra-high speed printing with the latest in materials science, along with easy scalability.

WHY MODULAR?

As your prototyping and 3D production needs increase, the Figure 4 Modular system allows you to easily scale up to mass-production. A scalable, semi-automated 3D production system, the Figure 4 Modular has the capacity for up to 24 print engines and can print up to 10,000 parts a month, allowing you to rapidly expand your production capacity, from smaller scale batch production all the way up to large-scale factory operation.

The technology had been patented by 3D Systems’ co-founder Chuck Hull back in 1984, but it’s only now, 35 years later, that the technology is advanced enough to realise his concept.

THE BENEFITS OF FIGURE 4 TECHNOLOGY

The Figure 4 Modular system provides an end-to-end digital manufacturing workflow, tackling everything from automated print job management and queuing, through to automated delivery and centralised post-processing, which includes cleaning, drying and curling. Each individual printer module can run different materials, allowing for the printing of multiple parts and resulting in a 15% higher throughput.

The system also offers an incredibly fast turnaround of parts, providing same-day prototyping and direct 3D production. As a result, this technology allows businesses to revolutionise their manufacturing floors, producing high-quality parts within hours, as well as providing them with the agility to rapidly expand their operations.

APPLICATIONS

— Fast prototyping

— Low volume bridge manufacturing

— Casting patterns

— Elastomeric parts

FEATURES

— Automated material handling

— Individual printer modules can be dedicated to individual materials

— Centralized post-processing (cleaning, drying, curing)

BENEFITS

— Six Sigma quality and repeatability

— High throughput and productivity

— Same day print and ship

— Manufacturing agility

LEARN MORE

If you'd like to find out more about this ground-breaking new technology, you can reach out to our team:

• Email info@cdg.uk.com

• Or give us a ring on 014240 88645.

Using the ZMorph's CNC Mill with Metal

17.06.2019

The ZMorph is a multi-tool 3D printer that’s known for its versatility: it provides both subtractive and additive manufacturing in one, offering FFF 3D printing, laser engraving and CNC milling. This makes it a brilliant all-in-one solution for producing custom 3D products at a low cost, completely in-house.

It’s relatively well known that CNC milling can carve wood, but it can also engrave metal. In this post, we’ll share some tips and tricks to get the best out of the Zmorph’s CNC mill when working with metals:

Ensure the metal is properly mounted. It’s best to use a reliable workholding solution so that your material isn’t at risk of flying off.

Use heat resistant materials. Metal milling generates a lot of heat, so when using 3D-printed fixtures, use only those printed from heat resistant materials like ABS or PET-G.

Watch out for the cutter. Make sure your cutter doesn’t hit your fixture, or else you could damage both your fixture and your product.

Use the correct cutter. The cutter needs to be sharp and of the correct shape to effectively shear through the metal. Look for cutters designed for the specific material you’re using and also make sure that the cutter is not blunt or damaged before using it.

Safety first. Always take the necessary precautions when metal milling. Wear protective glasses, make sure the machine has closed covers at all times when it’s in operation, and occasionally check your workspace for excess shavings to vacuum off and clear away.

If you’d like to find out more, you can view the printer on our sister site, Replik8.co.uk: https://www.replik8.co.uk/products/zmorph-vx-multi-tool-3d-printer.

Geomagic Essentials software launch

31.05.2019

3D Systems and SHINING 3D have partnered together to bring you an all in one solution for your 3D scan to CAD needs.While modern CAD software is still quite limited in its ability to make use of 3D scan data, Geomagic Essentials brings you the tools needed to use the CAD system as part of your scan-based modeling workflow. Converting your 3D scans to CAD has never been easier. Geomagic Essentials is the bridge software that extracts all the necessary elements of a scanned part for immediate use in your CAD software.

• Bridging the Gap between 3D Scanning and CAD
• Low total cost of ownership
• Improving customer journey and experience

 

Features


Geomagic Essentials provides the tools needed for processing 3D scan data. (scan to print, downstream reverse engineering workflows in your native CAD)

-Scan processing allows you to directly edit scan data

-Manage file size through decimation for faster processing

-Scan-native application for better performance and efficiency

-High quality automatic CAD conversion

-Feature extraction allows for the extraction of CAD perfect shapes from scan data

-Precise geometry allows you to compare design features to scan data for accuracy analysis

-Convert your 3D scan data to a solid format

-Import all geometry into the native CAD package for a familiar modeling environment

Complete Scan to CAD Workflow

Scan and capture real-world geometry with the upmost precision at unrivaled speeds with the Einscan Pro 2X series Multifunctional Handheld Scanner. Create rich 3D models that can be used in a multitude of digital formats. Export your scan data directly to Geomagic Essentials. Enhance your creativity and streamline your design process like never before.

 

Directly edit and process your scan data to be used in familiar and native CAD platforms. Manage file size, multiple scans, and orientations in one complete easy to use solution. Prepare your scan for your native modeling environment.

 

Import your processed scan with ease raising the overall efficiency of your design workflow. Analyze, design, and reverse engineer your scan with all of the CAD tools at your disposal.

 

Applications 

 

 

Figure-4 Modular 10,000 parts per month

27.05.2019

3D Systems has announced the general availability of its "Figure 4 Modular" scalable 3D printing solution, as well as the release of five new materials. Revealed at Rapid+TCT, the Figure 4 Modular will be made available in June 2019, with an entry cost of $49,900 (including controller and single printer engine), whereas the materials will be rolled out over the next few months by the company, with the aim of extending its production workflows.

The Figure 4 Platform

3D Systems’ Figure 4 Modular is a scalable and semi-automated digital light printing (DLP) 3D printing solution that can be tailored to the customers needs. The system can range from a single print engine machine, to a fully automated system, reportedly capable of producing up to 10,000 parts per month. The scale of the Figure 4 can expand up to 24 or more print engines with integration of centralized post-processing, automated materials-handling, job management and queuing. Each engine is capable of processing a different material and printing job simultaneously using 3D Systems’ 3D Sprint software, as part of a single production line.

The Figure 4 Modular forms the core of 3D Systems’ Figure 4 platform, consisting of two other products: the Figure 4 Standalone, a single engine solution, and the Figure 4 Production, a tool-less manufacturing solution that provides automated material delivery and integrated post-processing.

Figure 4 Modular package

The setup of the 3D Systems Figure 4 Modular. Image via 3D Systems.

Expanding the Figure 4 material portfolio

Furthermore, the company has announced the immediate availability of a new material in its Figure 4 line – the Figure 4 FLEX-BLK 10. The new material has flexible and durable properties, designed to be used in functional assemblies and prototypes, master patterns for RTV/silicone molding, short-run production, and concept and marketing models.

Figure 4 FLEX-BLK 10 is the first of five new Figure materials from 3D Systems designed for DLP and SLS 3D printing, released with the aim of expanding the company’s plastic 3D printing solution portfolio. The other four will be released throughout 2019, and consists of the Figure 4 TOUGH-BLK 20 for production applications, the Figure 4 MED-AMB 10 and Figure 4 MED-WHT 10 for the medical industry and the Figure 4 HI-TEMP-AMB 250, designed for use cases requiring high thermal resistance.

“The newest additions to our plastic 3D printing portfolio demonstrate our commitment to driving the adoption of digital manufacturing,” said Vyomesh Joshi, president and CEO, 3D Systems.

“WITH THE INDUSTRY’S FIRST, TRULY SCALABLE PLASTIC PRODUCTION PLATFORM AND OUR ROBUST SELECTION OF MATERIALS, 3D SYSTEMS ENABLES CUSTOMERS TO RETHINK MANUFACTURING AND REALIZE IMPROVED AGILITY, REDUCED COMPLEXITY, AND LOWER OVERALL TOTAL COST OF OPERATION.” 

A part produced with the Figure 4 FLEX-BLK 10. Image via 3D Systems.
A part produced with the Figure 4 FLEX-BLK 10. Image via 3D Systems.

Accelerating time to market with Figure 4 Modular

3D Systems has demonstrated the capabilities of the Figure 4 Modular by providing examples of three different companies that have employed the 3D printer: Decathalon, a global sporting goods manufacturer based in France, has used the Figure 4 Modular to reportedly create parts 19x faster than existing SLA solutions. Julien Guillen, AM leader at Decathalon, explains “using an existing desktop SLA solution, it would take 29 hours to produce our tensile test for material validation. With the Figure 4 Modular using the Figure 4 TOUGH-GRY 10 material, we were able to print the same quantity in 90 minutes”.

Wisconsin-based service bureau Midwest Prototyping on the other hand has been able to offer same-day delivery of parts with different materials, and D&K Engineering, a product design and contract manufacturer based in San Diego, CA, has achieved a shorter time-to-market employing the Figure 4 Modular.  

“The quality of the final parts we are able to produce using the Figure 4 Modular is excellent,” said Chris Nicoll, prototype lab manager, DK Engineering. “Many of our engineers have commented ‘this looks as good as a molded part’ due to the excellent model conformity, surface finish, and physical properties.”  

“THE FIGURE 4 MODULAR IS REPLACING OTHER TRADITIONAL TECHNOLOGIES WE CURRENTLY USE, DECREASING OUR DEVELOPMENT CYCLE, SHORTENING TIME-TO-MARKET, AND DRAMATICALLY INCREASING OUR PRODUCTIVITY TO BETTER SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS.” 

CDG at Develop3D Live Weds 17th April

16.04.2019

Weds 17th April at Sheffield University; CDG at Develop3D LIVE Stand #65

 Develop3D Live 2019 CDG Stand #65

CDG will be demonstrating:-

Figure-4 DLP 3D printer

FabPro 1000 DLP 3D printer

Fusion F410 FFF 3D printer

Geomagic Freeform software with haptic arm

Einscan-Pro 2X Plus 3D scanner

 

Parts on display from:-

Omni Factory 2.0 FFF 3D printer

Intamsys Funmat HT FFF 3D printer

ProJet 2500 Plus MJP 3D printer

Sinterit Lisa SLS 3D printer

ProX DMP metal 3D printer

Omni3D granted patents for Factory 2.0

31.03.2019

Omni3D, the Polish 3D printer and filament manufacturer, has taken steps towards more eco-friendly 3D printing. Founded in 2013, Omni3D's printer is known for the Factory 2.0, a 500 mm (XYZ) sized industrial FDM/FFF 3D printer. Omni3D has been granted patents for two of its Factory 2.0 components. According to the company, the patented parts reduce energy consumption.

Omni3D's Factory 2.0 3D printer. Image via Omni3D.
Omni3D’s Factory 2.0 3D printer. Image via Omni3D.

Eco-friendly 3D printing

Paweł Robak, CEO of Omni3D, said, “Energy saving in the field of 3D printing is not only an intention that remains unaccomplished. We have developed and implemented effective solutions for which our clients value the Factory 2.0 printer so much. It is one of the few energy-saving patents in the area of 3D printing.”

Recently, the company also entered a collaboration with the Cyprus University of Technology to reduce carbon emuissions.

Parts printed with the Factory 2.0 3D printer. Image via Omni3D.
Parts printed with the Factory 2.0 3D printer. Image via Omni3D.

Reducing energy consumption

Omni3D has applied for a patent for the 3D printing head used in its Factory 2.0 printer.

By using a fluid cooling system, the temperature of the extruder is kept constant which also helps in extruding the material at a consistent temperature. Furthermore, according to Omni3D liquid cooling also lightens the weight of the extruder, which makes it work at a faster pace and consume less energy.

In addition to this, the second invention is a print head assembly with at least two print heads, both of which work independently but on the same principle as defined above.  The 3D printer employs a single heating element to maintain the build plate temperature and the temperature of the chamber.

Furthermore, the Factory 2.0 has a bed that moves on the z-axis while printing. At the beginning of the print, the build area is small and only this small space needs to be heated. But as the print gets larger, more and more space inside the chamber must be heated. Usually, in such 3D printers, the whole chamber is heated. But this consumes a lot of energy.

With the help of its print heads, Omni3D has devised a way to localize and concentrate heat only within the build area. Hence, there is no need to heat the entire chamber, only the build area. This is achieved by a combination of hardware and software. Omni3D has been granted a patent for its single and dual print head assembly.

Featured image shows parts printed with the Factory 2.0 3D printer. Image via Omni3D.

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