Nov 8, 2017 | By Tess

With the formnext 2017 3D printing trade show coming up next week, there is a lot of exciting news coming in from 3D printing companies across the spectrum. Most recently, Polish 3D printer manufacturer VERASHAPE announced it would be unveiling its newest product, a 5-axis 3D printer called VSHAPER, at the Frankfurt-based event.

The new machine, which is expected to “transform the way people think about 3D printing in FFF technology,” was developed by VERASHAPE in collaboration with the Polish National Research and Development Center.

The machine itself is no ordinary FDM/FFF 3D printer, as it integrates a 5-axis kinematics system as well as a tilting rotary working platform, which effectively does away with the traditional layer-by-layer printing usually associated with filament-based 3D printers.

According to VERASHAPE, the simultaneous 5-axis printing technology enables users to “transfer the print surface to another surface that was printed earlier,” as well as to print parts using multiple materials. In other words, the VSHAPER makes it possible to 3D print models from a combination of hard, high-strength, and even elastomeric materials.

The 3D printer is equipped with a cylindrical build space with dimensions of 300 mm in diameter and 300 mm in height. It also boasts a special “tool bank” which holds a number of different print heads, making it easy for users to switch between materials in a single print.

Finally, a monitored and constant temperature inside the build chamber and a heated platform enable users to print with a range of polymer 3D printing materials, including most thermoplastic materials.

“The conceptual work on the 5-Axis Machine continues, but we have decided to present its effects so that potential customers are included in the technology development process,” commented Tomasz Szymański, the founder and CEO of VERASHAPE.

“We invite industry representatives to actively participate in this project—we are open to any suggestions. We strive for the machine, that will become available to purchase in 2019, to meet the expectations of demanding production companies,” he added.

VERASHAPE, which earlier this year licensed Siemens’ Parasolid Communicator Software to push forward its own 3D printing software development, will be presenting its new VSHAPER 5-axis 3D printer as well as other 3D printing solutions at booth F29 in hall 3.1 at formnext 2017, which is taking place from November 14 to 17 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The list of companies planning to unveil new 3D printing technologies at this year’s formnext event already includes Renishaw, SondaSys, Sharebot, ACEO, XJet, and many more. Stay tuned for more formnext unveilings and updates.



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