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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 Builder Extreme 1000 PRO will kick your manufacturing capabilities up a notch.
This advanced FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) 3D printer boasts an enormous build volume of 700 x 700 x 820mm (XYZ) and is ideally suited to printing large prototypes as well as production tools, props and end-use parts.
Print with a wide range of filaments and bring all your projects to life. The Builder Extreme 1000 PRO prints PLA, PVA support material, flexible filament and special ColorFabb filaments like woodFill and woodFill. You can also print with PET.
There’s a 7” touchscreen which makes managing prints simple. Control nozzle temperatures, print bed temperature, print parameters, the light in the build chamber and more from one central location. You can even watch preloaded instruction videos on the display should you need any help.
Reliable, high quality prints
With its enclosed build chamber and heated print bed (up to 60 degrees), the Builder Extreme 1000 PRO provides the perfect environment for your prints to flourish. This 3D printer is engineered to deliver high quality prints every time with repeatable performance. That’s the difference between this printer and all the rest.
Importantly, the Builder Extreme 1000 PRO has a dual-feed extruder system - but it’s unlike any you’ve seen before. It has two extruders but only one nozzle. This system was developed by Builder 3D to increase reliability and improve output. The unique setup minimises downtime and delivers fast print speeds. It also eliminates the risk of leaking.
To top all that off, the Builder Extreme 1000 PRO has Wi-Fi so you don’t have to fumble around with cables and an onboard camera, so you can remotely monitor your prints. All this adds up to make the most advanced large-format 3D printer out there. Put it in your workshop or on your production line and watch it go, go, go!
What People Say
“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
“3D printing large items in-house not only gives us more design freedom but is also much cheaper, especially when the prototypes require tooling moulds”
– Jorge Hernandez, Saneux UK
“The Builder Extreme offers incredible print volume for serious prototyping or art projects - yet, it's still simple and easy to use. ”
– Douglas Krone, Dynamism Inc
“If there were two 3D printers which seemingly did it all, these two machines [Builder Extreme 1000 & 2000 PRO] 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.