Nov 17, 2016 | By Tess

Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) and New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS) have just launched their new SAAM industrial 3D printer at FabTech 2016. SAAM, which stands for Small Area Additive Manufacturing, was created as a complement to CI’s already established BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) system. The new 3D printer, powered by NVBOTS, uses a fused filament fabrication (FFF) system to quickly and efficiently 3D print plastic parts, which once tested and validated, can be printed on the much larger scale BAAM system.

“Additive Manufacturing has opened a new world for parts designers and engineers,” said Carey Chen, President and CEO of Cincinnati Incorporated. “SAAM allows these innovative people to push the boundaries of part design by quickly rendering prototypes, and providing the ability to test their designs prior to full-scale production on the much larger BAAM system.  Simply put, SAAM can create a relatively inexpensive print-preview for BAAM.”

In other words, SAAM is a fully automated 3D printing system that was designed for rapid prototyping, creating concept models, and things like plastic tooling. What sets it apart from other FFF 3D printing systems? Well, according to CI, the SAAM 3D printer has the only automated part removal system in the industry, making it an ideal choice for engineers, product developers, and manufacturing teams.

As mentioned, the recently released 3D printing solution is powered by NVBOTS’ NVCloud software, which allows users to send their models to the printer from any cloud-connected device. Administrators of the system are also provided with full control over print queues and workflows, making the SAAM a reliable option for multi-user and continuous-operation environments.

In terms of specs, the SAAM FFF system is equipped with a 7.9” x 7.4” x 9.4” build envelope (20 x 18.8 x 23.9 cm) and has overall dimensions of 30” x 22” x 23” (76.2 x 55.9 x 58.4 cm). With a max printing speed of 0.16 lbs/hour it is much slower than its larger BAAM counterpart (which is one of the fastest 3D printers around at 38 lbs/hour), yet still well equipped for small prototype parts. The 3D printer is compatible with PLA material, and has a standard layer height resolution of 0.007” (0.18 mm)

In addition to prototyping parts for the BAAM system, the SAAM is also well equipped for simulations. As Chris Haid, Co-Founder of NVBOTS explained, “We can simulate any type of part with the SAAM. The same CAD file we use for the plastic prototype can be sent to a laser, a press brake, or a shear for metal fabrication. It dramatically reduces waste in the design process and allows shops to accelerate moving to the production phase.”

FabTech 2016, where the SAAM system was unveiled, is running until November 18th in Las Vegas. If you happen to be there, you can check out SAAM at CI’s booth.




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