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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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Stand up tall with your shoulders back. Just when you thought large-format 3D printing couldn’t get any better, Builder 3D Printers B.V introduce the Builder Extreme 2000 PRO.
The Builder Extreme 2000 PRO is a large-format 3D printer designed specifically for professionals. The key difference between the PRO and standard Extreme is the PRO has a refined design, a touchscreen interface and a refined dual-feed extruder system to ensure there is no loss in print quality when printing big.
The design is a big upgrade. This printer fits into any workspace efficiently, taking up no more space than a cabinet. The filament spools and control box are all integrated into the housing, which opens when slightly pushing the panels.
With its 700 x 700 x 1700 mm (XYZ) build volume, the Extreme 2000 PRO is one of the biggest 3D printers we sell. It delivers a truly exemplary user experience, with everything from the viewing window hinges to the extruder mechanism operating faultlessly. Make no mistake, this is a slick, precise 3D printer for serious workshops.
No loss in print quality
A common issue with large-format 3D printers is a loss in print quality as models are scaled up. Not so with the Builder Extreme 2000 PRO. It has a direct drive dual-feed extruder system with balanced mechatronics. Another benefit to this setup is you can load up two filaments of a different colour and print in two colours. That dual-feed setup is also a speed booster so models take less time to print.
Additionally, there is filament runout detection and an integrated UPS system which can resume the print process after power outage.
The 7-inch touchscreen is a first for the Builder series. It is set at just below eye level and lets you control the print process in its entirety. From here, you can control the nozzle and bed temperature, camera, lights and much more.
If you work in an enclosed environment, you can add a BOFA air filter and there’s a safety locking system in place, so the doors can only be opened after the print is paused. This ensures prints cannot be sabotaged. Rather neatly, the doors also open automatically if you press the door logo on the screen. Open Sesame!
Suitable for prototyping, tooling, architectural models, art models and more, the Builder Extreme 2000 PRO is on another level.
What People Say
“We’re going to have to start measuring these things in meters instead of millimeters one of these days. At this size, it could 3D print a life-size person in one rather long print operation. ”
– Kerry Stevenson, Fabbaloo
“The sheer build-volume of the printers sets the precedent for how the Extreme 1000/2000 could be profitable for prototyping in big-player automotive and aerospace industries ”
– Beau Jackson, 3DPI
“If there were two 3D printers which seemingly did it all, these two machines [Builder Extreme 1000 & 2000] would probably be it. ”
– Brian Krassenstein, 3DPrint.com
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.