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3D printers have been in use in the manufacturing industry for more than thirty years, but it is only really in the last ten that the market has opened itself up to other applications on a large scale, such as mould making for investment casting and tooling. Applications are also emerging for the medical and dental fields.
All of which is to say, 3D printing is no longer constrained by manufacturing limitations or design complexity; and as a result, it is seeing incredible growth.
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The 3DP Workbench Pro 300 Series is an industrial-grade, large-format 3D printer with a larger build area than the 200 Series. It has auto mesh bed levelling, advanced cooling and SurePrint Servo technology. A High Flow Air Cooled (HFA) extruder comes as standard with this model, with the option to upgrade to HFE (High Flow Extruder) 300 and 900 extruder heads, which offer a higher flow rate without sacrificing accuracy, detail or quality.
A Worthwhile Upgrade
With a 1m x 1m x 0.7m build volume, the 3DP Workbench Pro is the ideal 3D printer for manufacturers who require more build space than the 200 Series offers. With a print height of 700 mm (27.5-inches), you can 3D print large models with ease. Mechanical and Automatic Mesh Levelling ensure a decent amount of adjustability, while single, dual and HFE extruder configurations ensure you can satisfy all manufacturing requirements.
Used By The World's Leading Brands
3D Platform's range of 3D printers are used by some of the World's leading brands, including Lockheed Martin, Nike, John Deere, The University of Warwick, Caterpillar and even Walt Disney.
Outstanding Print Quality
The 3DP Workbench Pro 300 isn’t all about build volume. It will print down to a layer height of 50-microns (0.0019-inches), and it has enhanced Mechatronics for improved print consistency. Sending files to print and adjusting print settings is easy, thanks to a 7” touch-operated control panel and physical start, stop and pause buttons.
The 3DP Workbench Pro has also been designed to be as practical as possible. For a large printer, it is extremely manoeuvrable thanks to a folding gantry that allows it to be transported through doorways. It features an industrial hardwood workbench, which has the printer’s control panel on top and enough additional space for a separate laptop or a workbook. There are also 12 built-in drawers for filament and tool storage, and the whole unit is on lockable caster wheels to make moving it around easy.
3D Platform is a leading manufacturer of large-scale, industrial-grade 3D printers. To find out more about the 3DP Workbench Pro, contact us today.
What People Say
“The Workbench is also a highly flexible printer. The hardware allows for easy nozzle change, and the printer is capable of printing with a wide variety of open market materials”
– Clare Scott, 3D Print
“ The ergonomic height and open print bed enable full access to prints for advanced print techniques, such as core modelling and adding inserts of metal, electronics, and other materials.”
– TCT Magazine
“ The students were able to print the mold masters required for the drone in one piece. This eliminated the need for heavy fasteners or connectors to hold pieces together and helped the craft to remain light enough in order to generate speed.”
– Warwick University Case Study
The best 3D printers fabricate models and parts that are true to design. In other words, models and parts that are a perfect physical representation of the digital model drawn in CAD. To achieve this high degree of dimensional accuracy, printers must produce a very fine edge across the build area. This is how we perceive parts to be high quality or not when we look at them and inspect them.
Of course, multiple variables determine how fine that edge is, and you cannot always rely on the quantitative values manufacturers place on their 3D printers. If we did, every printer on the market would be pinpoint accurate.
When you are shopping for your next printer, consider this: accuracy is the value that determines how close a 3D printed part is to its digital drawing. Precision refers to the repeatability experience of a printer, or how reliable the printing experience is. If you want a consistently good 3D printing experience, you need both.
The two most common 3D printer technologies are FFF and SLA.
The most common technology is fused filament fabrication (FFF), also known as fused deposition modelling (FDM). Both technologies are in fact one in the same.
These 3D printers are the lowest cost. They melt a plastic and extrude it layer-by-layer to build up models from nothing. This process is traditionally best suited to low-cost prototyping, but advancements in technology mean this is no longer the case. There’re more variables that can affect the quality of a print with FFF than SLA, but solutions like an enclosed build chamber and heated build plate reduce this.
SLA (stereolithography) 3D printers use a laser to cure resin (liquid plastic) onto the build platform in desired areas.
Unlike with an FFF 3D printed part, parts printed by an SLA 3D printer need to be post-processed with UV light. This cures the resin, causing it to solidify and reach the mechanical properties required for the application. The method of production is cure, peel, raise, with the laser curing the resin layer by layer; the peel mechanism lifting each new layer off the surface; and the raising action allowing new resin to flow under the build platform.
3D printers are available in all shapes and sizes to suit any project, but there are two common classes: desktop, and large-format.
Desktop printers do exactly what they say on the tin - they fit on a desktop (or most workspaces) and take up around the same footprint as a large LaserJet printer. Large-format printers are four or five times bigger, enabling you to manufacture models and parts like car bumpers and snowboards in one go.
You’ll find the bigger you go, the rarer photopolymer technologies like SLA and DLP (digital light processing) become. This is because they get very expensive as you scale up. Most large-format 3D printers are of the FFF variety because the technology is cheaper and easier to produce on a large, industrial scale.