Mar 1, 2016 | By Kira
Spanish 3D printer manufacturer BCN3D Technologies and Netherlands-based 3D printing filament developer colorFabb have entered a mutually beneficial co-operation to promote and develop multi-color and multimaterial 3D printing technology. As part of the partnership, colorFabb will use BCN3D’s Sigma, a dual-print-head FFF 3D printer, to develop new functional 3D printing materials and applications. Meanwhile, BCN3D Technologies will distribute colorFabb’s portfolio of innovative 3D printing filaments throughout Spain and Portugal.
At the 2015 TCT Show in Birmingham UK, BCN3D unveiled its latest professional desktop 3D printer, the Sigma. The Sigma’s main draw is its IDEX (Independent Dual Extruder) system, which allows it to 3D print with two different materials or two different colors in a single print, making it ideal for either creative, multicolor pieces, or for manufacturing functional parts that require PVA (water-soluble) support structures. “This option provides greater complexity to the printed pieces, making them more attractive, without affecting its quality or printing time,” said BCN3D.
Given this multimaterial capability, BCN3D was naturally drawn to colorFABB’s wide portfolio of functional, innovative and high-tech 3D printing filaments, which includes copperFILL, corkFILL, bambooFILLL, woodFILL, colorFabb_HT, and nGen, it’s latest line of copolyester-based 3D printing filaments, to name just a few. At the same time, using the dual-print-head Sigma allowed colorFabb’s engineers to experiment with combining 3D printing materials and even developing new ones. It only made sense then, for the two companies to officially partner-up, and to establish three main ‘pillars’ of this burgeoning cooperation.
First, colorFabb will use BCN3D Sigma 3D printers in its facilities to create 3D printing profiles, and to develop new materials and applications, particularly regarding multimaterial parts and support materials.
Secondly, BCN3D Technologies will distribute colorFabb’s portfolio across Spain and Portugal, providing technical support to the Spanish-speaking market. The company will also work closely with colorFabb’s engineers as they develop new multimaterial 3D printing materials and applications.
Third and lastly, Fundació CIM, a leading technological and prototyping center in Spain, and where BCN3D originally got its start, will develop a series of post-processing guides specifically for colorFabb’s range of materials. These guides will be tailored to colorFabb materials, and thanks to Fundacio CIM’s extensive experience in AM prototyping, will ensure that colorFabb users are able to get the absolute best results for their personal or professional projects.
“Exotic and technical materials, such as WoodFill, CopperFill or ColorFabb_XT enable new uses and possibilities in the 3D Printing market,” said BCN3D. “Adding a BCN3DSigma to this equation allows the combination of unique materials and boosts the possibilities.”
The results of this collaboration are to be revealed at RapidPro 2016, a 3D printing faire taking place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands from March 1-3. If you can't make it, be sure to check out the video below to see some of the creative combinations and useful, multimaterial 3D prints made possible by colorFabb filaments and the BCN3D Sigma 3D printer:
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Ex student wrote at 3/2/2016 11:14:17 AM:
Wow, BCN Technologies is growing very fast and really well.. Especially because they are not a company, they are formed by a large "not for profit" Fundacio .. and all are owned by the University Polytechnica Barcelona. They use only university student labour/software ...while calling it all good "work experience" Releasing different products like laser-cutters, and DLP printers marketed globally as well... Maybe next year they will release an electric car?