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We are the 3D printing arm of a larger company called Express Group Ltd. Fixing printers since 1988, today we are a Specialist Parts Distributor and Experts in 3D Printing.
We take quality control very seriously, which is why we are audited for ISO9001:2015 certification, this helps ensure we provide great customer service.
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 3D Platform Workbench Classic 200 Series is an upgrade over the Worktable 100 Series, with automatic mesh levelling and the option of a single, dual or high-volume (HFE) print head. This model also has Wi-Fi in addition to USB and SD card connectivity, and it comes with a filament sensor, a Bowden-style tube feed system and SurePrint Servo Technology.
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.
An All-In-One 3D Printer for Manufacturers
The Workbench Classic 200 Series is an outstanding large-format 3D printer for manufacturers. With a 1m x 1m x 0.5m build volume, it offers all the space needed to mass-manufacture parts and products, and with the ability to print down to a layer height of 50 microns, printing large, accurate and detailed models has never been easier.
Features include automatic mesh bed levelling, SurePrint Step-Servo hybrid motors, a touchscreen LED display and the Workbench base, which has its own table top and 12 drawers for storing all your filaments and cutting tools. With so many features, the Workbench Classic is without doubt one of the best large-format 3D printers on the market today, and it is suitable for both small and large manufacturers.
SurePrint Servo Technology and an Industrial-Grade Components
SurePrint Servo Technology cuts print times in half. These servo motors generate 85 per cent more torque than standard step motors for faster head movement. This improved print speed, accuracy and quality. The Workbench Classic 200 Series is also available with a single, dual or high-volume (HFE) head to suit all manufacturing requirements.
In addition to these motors, the Workbench Classic 200 Series has a folding gantry for flexibility, and its own workbench. The solid hardwood workbench has enough space for a laptop or tablet computer. There’s also 12 built-in drawers underneath the printer, for storing all your 3D printing peripherals, such as filament spools and tools.
To find out more about the 3D Platform Workbench Classic, 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
“ At a cost 1/10th of the closed systems he had been investigating, the capital equipment needed to print big became affordable. And with material and operating cost up to 10x less than a closed system, large print output was now economical.”
– Titanic Design Case Study
“ Want big parts? 3D Platform have got you covered ... When you consider that they’re claiming 1.25 micron resolution and 70 micron layer heights, this thing is impressive.”
– Al Dean, Develop3D
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.