Nov 10, 2017 | By Benedict

As XYZprinting prepares to enter the industrial market, the 3D printer company has formed a number of key alliances. New partners include SLA specialists Nexa3D and Digital Wax Systems, as well as large-format additive manufacturing company Sicnova.

We revealed yesterday how XYZprinting is planning to take on the industrial 3D printing market with five new professional 3D printers, including a laser sintering printer, a full-color binder jetting printer, and three DLP printers.

In addition to that major announcement, the desktop 3D printing specialist (or should that be former desktop 3D printing specialist?) has announced investments in and partnerships with a handful of additive manufacturing companies.

XYZprinting invests in Nexa3D

First up is California’s Nexa3D, a stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing specialist in which XYZprinting has just invested a significant amount of money. Although XYZprinting’s contribution has not been disclosed, Nexa3D says it has now received $10 million in total funding.

As part of the deal, XYZprinting will make and sell Nexa3D printers under the XYZ brand, also manufacturing other white-labeled products on behalf of Nexa3D for other businesses. The Nexa3D SLA machines in question use “Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology” and a patented structured light matrix capable of reaching top speeds of 1 cm per minute.

“This comprehensive strategic alliance is designed to accelerate market access to affordable, industrial-grade 3D printers globally,” said XYZprinting CEO Simon Shen. “We are pulling all the stops to fast-track to market a disruptive photo-polymeric 3D printer that reimagines (SLA) 3D printing as we know it.”

Nexa3D, which also received investment from equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, is headed by Avi Reichental, former 3D Systems president and a key figure in the development of 3D printing as a global phenomenon.

The commercial setup is expected to be in place by the second half of 2018.

Nexa3D 3D printer specs:

  • Print Tech: Continuous LSPc
  • Z Coordinate: Z-Axis and Vat
  • Light Source: LED 405nm
  • UI: Tablet
  • XY Scanning: LCD 4K
  • Interface
  • USB Cable/USB Driver/Ethernet
  • XY Resolution: 30 microns
  • Input File Format: .stl/.3ws/.3wn
  • Z Resolution: 25/50/100/200 microns
  • Materials: Digital Plastics, Castable Resins, Bio Compatible Dental, Automotive Urethanes 

 

XYZprinting partners with Digital Wax Systems

XYZprinting’s rapidly growing interest in resin 3D printing extends beyond the Nexa3D deal. In addition to announcing three new DLP 3D printers of its own this week, XYZprinting has also struck a deal with Digital Wax Systems (DWS), a stereolithography specialist.

The reciprocal deal will see XYZprinting manufacture and sell (under its own brand name) various DWS stereolithography 3D printers, while DWS will market (under its own brand name) a portfolio of XYZprinting DLP printers, gaining a foothold in the sub-$5,000 professional 3D printer market.

The deal will allow both companies to extend their market reach in resin-based 3D printing, and full commercial status is expected to be reached during the second half of 2018.

XYZprinting forms strategic alliance with Sicnova

Another partnership announced this week involves XYZprinting and large-format industrial 3D printer specialist Sicnova. The deal will allow XYZprinting to “expand the availability of industrial strength plastic production systems under the XYZprinting brand.”

Sicnova’s 3D printers are made for the production of manufacturing jigs and fixtures for functional end-use parts, and can print large objects of up to 1,000 x 600 x 600 mm in size. Printing can be carried out at speeds of 1,000 mm per hour with an accuracy of 50 microns.

These large-format 3D printers come equipped with a controlled print chamber and heated bed, auto levelling calibration, and precision industrial motor controllers. They also boast twin 1.75 mm print heads with interchangeable nozzles.

XYPrinting will release an XYZ-branded version of Sicnova’s JCR 1000 and JCR 600 printers in the second half of 2018.

 

 

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