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Join Us at EMCON 2019

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We’re excited to announce we will be attending and exhibiting at EMCON 2019 on 10 October. EMCON is one of the premiere engineering and manufacturing events of the year, attracting over a thousand visitors and exhibitors from across the industry. This year’s event promises to attract the biggest crowd yet.

We’ll be exhibiting three 3D printers at EMCON 2019, which represent the very best machines on the market today in various classes. These 3D printers are the Ultimaker S5 Pro, Formlabs Form 3, and Markforged X7. We’ll also have a series of unique 3D printed parts on show and our experts will be on hand for a chat.

When and where

EMCON 2019 is taking place on October 10 at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe. The address is 2 Long Tens Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6AP. Click here to see it on Google Maps. It’s located very close to the Heighington rail station.

Doors open at 9am and you must pre-register for the event. Visitors can register here. There’s no registration or admission fee. The event is free to attend and will run until around 4:30pm. Parking will be available close by. You can find out more about EMCON here. We look forward to welcoming you down.

Come hear Kevin speak

Kevin will be delivering a talk as part of the Maintenance Forum at 11:10am in Seminar Room 1 on the "Applications of 3D printing for maintenance and reliability". This will be an overview of how 3D printing is now helping to tackle real problems in maintenance and the circular economy in a cost efficient manner.

The 3D printers on show

Ah yes, but of course. Here’s a little bit more about the 3D printers we’ll have on show:

Formlabs Form 3

Form 3 on desk

A Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) 3D printer, the Form 3 is capable of creating parts with impeccable quality and detail. The key benefit of LFS over SLA is LFS drastically reduces the forces exerted on parts during the print process. This enables light-touch support structure for far greater depth in application. It also improves performance. We’ve written a useful Formlabs Form 3 guide if you want to know more.

Ultimaker S5 Pro

Ultimaker S5

A Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer with swappable print cores to boost material compatibility. With the right print core, you can print high-temp materials like PC and composites like fibreglass and carbon-fibre infused nylons. The ‘Pro’ name is new for 2019 - the Ultimaker S5 Pro is a bundle that includes the Ultimaker S5, S5 Material Station and S5 Air Manager. You can find out more about the Ultimaker S5 here.

Markforged X7

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Markforged’s top-of-the-line 3D printer designed to print composites. The technology is fused filament fabrication, except it works at a higher temperature with a more robust extrusion system than you get when printing plastics. The X7 prints Onyx, a part nylon and part chopped carbon fibre hybrid, standard nylon, and reinforces either Onyx or nylon with continuous strands of fibreglass, Kevlar or carbon fibre.

It deserves a special mention that the X7 can fabricate replacement parts for machines that are traditionally milled from solid metal. It also guarantees dimensional quality with in-process laser inspection. It’s the best 3D printer of its kind in the world and it even supports high-temp fibreglass for engineering application.

You can find out more about the Markforged X7 here.

If you have any questions about any of these printers or our exhibition at EMCON, please contact us.

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