Dec.6, 2013

As part of this new era of 3D printing, EnvisionTEC, EOS, Arcam AB, voxeljet introduced totally five new 3D printers on the Euromold floor this week.


EnvisionTEC unveiled the newest 3D printer in its 3SP line, the Xede 3SP. Earlier in 2013, EnvisionTEC introduced their new 3SP (scan, spin and selectively photocure) technology. This new approach to 3D printing employs a multi-cavity laser diode with an orthogonal mirror spinning at 20,000 rpm. One of the advantages of this technology is that it expands on the build size capability of EnvisionTEC's DLP technology, enabling EnvisionTEC to produce 3D printers with a large format.

With a build envelope of 18″ x 18″ x 18″, the Xede 3SP allows for the production of exceptionally large 3D parts, build at fast build speeds without sacrificing surface quality and part accuracy. Each 3D printer is delivered and installed with all the relevant software to enable automatic generation of supports and perfect model production.


EOS unveils two new additive manufacturing systems: the EOS P 396 and the EOS M 400. The EOS P 396 works with plastic material and the EOS M 400 is for the metal sector.

EOS P 396

The EOS P 396 is a successor model to EOSINT P 395 and offers potential increases in manufacturing efficiency of up to 30 percent. A reduction of the secondary processing times is achieved by features including a new point pyrometer and a low wearing, high speed recoater. Primary processing times are shortened with the introduction of a new CO2 laser.

EOS P 396 plastic system for Additive Manufacturing, source: EOS GmbH

The building capacity of the EOS P 396 is at 340 x 340 x 600 mm (13.4 x 13.4 x 23.6 in.). Its build speed is up to 48 mm/h (1.9 in/h), and its layer thickness is 0.06 mm (0.00236 in).

With the introduction of the machine, the plastic materials PA 2200 and PrimePart PLUS (PA 2221) will also be commercially available for this system from April 2014.

EOS M 400

The EOS M 400 is based on a modular concept. It is initially available with both set-up, and process stations. Within a year, an automated unpacking station will also be on offer.

With this extension of the system, an exchangeable frame, including components and residual powder, is moved, following the build process, from the process station to the unpacking station. Here, the job will quickly be cleaned of all loose and excess powder by way of a clean-up program comprising rotation and vibration. The modular concept makes it possible to incorporate the unpacking station retroactively to expand on the set-up and process stations.

EOS M 400 metal system for Additive Manufacturing, source: EOS GmbH

The volume of the building chamber measures 400x400x400 mm so that larger components can now be produced. Its laser has a performance of up to 1,000 watts, allowing the use of new materials that require more powerful lasers. The EOS M 400 also introduces new user interface with touchscreen, including a camera to monitor the powder bed.

From 2015, EOS is planning to offer in addition to the EOS M 400 the EOS M 400-4 which will come with four lasers.

Arcam AB

Arcam AB has launched its new Q20 printer, an EBM system designed specifically for manufacturing components such as turbine blades and structural airframe components. It also includes Arcam LayerQam, Arcam's camera-based monitoring system for inline part quality verification.

Q20 is a larger version of the recently released Q10. With the same EB gun for higher productivity and improved resolution, but with a larger build envelope (Ø350×380 mm). It is also delivered with a powder recovery system (PRS) for closed powder handling.

Arcam is primarily active in two market segments, the aerospace and the orthopedic implant industries. The orthopedic industry started using EBM already in 2007, and EBM is today well established as a production process for implants, with more than 30.000 EBM-manufactured orthopedic devices implanted worldwide. The aerospace industry is now also about to move into series production for several product applications. The Arcam Q20 well serves its needs with several new features for industrial volume production, including increased productivity, higher resolution, and Arcam LayerQam, a camera-based monitoring system for part quality verification.

According to Magnus René, CEO of Arcam, the company has already received its first Arcam Q20 order from Poly-Shape in France last week.


Germany company voxeljet announced the launch of the latest in its full line of large format industrial 3D printers, the VX2000.

The VX2000 is equipped with a build space of two cubic meters, making it one of the largest commercially available 3D printing platforms in the market. "The VX2000 closes the big gap between the VX1000 with a design space of 0.3 cubic meters and the VX4000 with a design space of eight cubic meters." says the company.

With its build space measures 2060 x 1060 x 1000 mm, customers are able to produce large individual molds or small series production. For example, the VX2000 can print an impressive number of 216 water jacket cores measuring 490 x 210 x 80 mm in a job box in approximately two days of standard operations.

An additional example would be the manufacture of complex mechanical parts for the pump industry. The VX2000 build space can easily encompass the large-format molds for four Francis impellers with the dimensions 980 x 980 x 490 mm.

The VX2000 achieves its high level of performance through the jetting of material through a high performance ink-jet head containing up to 13,280 nozzles, at resolutions of up to 600 dpi depending upon the application. The layer thickness during one print run ranges from 100 to 400 micrometers, with a print width of 564 millimeters. The printed build volume is 45 liters per hour. This means that the VX2000 is twice as fast as the well-known VX1000 high-performance printer, and offers an impressive degree of accuracy.

The VX2000 system dimensions are 4.9 meters long and 2.6 meters wide and it comes with an integrated material supply system.

Mcor Technologies

Mcor Technologies, manufacturer of the only line of desktop paper 3D printers in the world, announced at the Euromold 2013 that it has cut print time on its IRIS and Matrix lines of 3D printers by 50%, resulting in print times nearly twice as fast as they were previously.

The 2X speed advantage was achieved as a result of efficiencies gained in the build pattern. This is the first of additional speed enhancements in the coming months.

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