Apr 5, 2017 | By David

We’ve reported before on the work of I3D Innovation, a French 3D printing startup which ran a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. The company has now graduated on to bigger things, with the release of a new line of extra-large FDM 3D printers, mostly for industrial use.

Established in 2015 by Ludovic Bodet and his father Jean-Luc, I3D Innovation received some support from the Research Centre of South Brittany, which specialized in the implementation of innovative composites. Its first 3D printer was initially developed before last year’s Kickstarter for a popular filament welding tool, and the company is now generating enough potential orders to start with mass production. The XL and XXL-sized Multi 512 and Multi 600 are designed to print objects measuring at least 800 x 800 x 800 mm, with the larger Multi 600 offering 820 x 720 x 890 mm of build space.

Not only do these new FDM 3D printers fill a particular extra-large niche on the market, they have a number of other impressive features that will supposedly make the 3D printing process effective and efficient. The extrusion heads have been designed to reach temperatures of up to 480 degrees Celsius, and they offer a build speed of at least 300 mm/s, 3 times faster than most similar printers, without losing accuracy or precision in the finished product. Any acceleration or deceleration of the heads will be easily absorbed by the rigid steel welded frame of these 3D printers, preventing deformation. Both printers have heated printing chambers to ensure dimensional stability, with the Multi 512 offering temperatures up to 65 degrees Celsius, and the Multi 600 up to 200 degrees Celsius.

The vast majority of filaments currently on the market are compatible with I3D’s new 3D printers, from PLA or ABS to more specialized ones such as ULTEEM or PEEK. Three different filaments can be simultaneously loaded, allowing for multi-color or multi-material prints, and the total filament storage in the 3D printers is four spools, up to 8 kg. Controlling the Multi 512 or Multi 600 is done through a user-friendly 7-inch color touch screen, and the 3D files can be uploaded through Ethernet cable, SD card, or USB port. Simplify3D is the software recommended for use.

I3D’s design for both the Multi 600 and Multi 512 3D printers was modular, so they can be modified according to the specific needs of customers. A worldwide market is being targeted for both machines, mostly small to medium-sized businesses, but also schools, research centres, and 3D printing service companies. The Bodets claim that the only limitations are those inherent in the FDM 3D printing process. New innovations are planned on a monthly basis to keep up with customer demands, which is consistent with the small company’s impressively ambitious pursuit of continual evolution and growth.

The Multi 512 (€30,000 excl. VAT) and the Multi 600 (base price €170,000 excl. VAT) are available in limited numbers now and will be broadly available later this year.



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Mike wrote at 4/8/2017 9:00:38 AM:

The enclosed heated chamber looks alot like the stratasys 'accordion' design. Hope they have good lawyers :)

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