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BCN3D Introduces the Sigmax 3D Printer, Announces New Software and Materials

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BCN3D has been hard at work this year. In February the company revealed that it had revamped its popular Sigma 3D printer, re-introducing it as the Sigma R17, and now, at this week’s TCT Show, BCN3D is unveiling an entirely new 3D printer – a big one. The Sigmax is a dual-extruder desktop machine that BCN3D describes as “a mighty production center,” and it shares some of the Sigma’s best features while introducing several new ones.

The Sigmax is based on the same Independent Dual Extruder (IDEX) system as the Sigma, but those extruders have been redesigned and now feature Dual Drive Gears by Bondtech. According to BCN3D, these allow the Sigmax to deliver more solid and reliable outcomes, no matter what kind of filament you use. Other new features include a duplication mode, which allows you to print the same model with both toolheads simultaneously, and mirror mode, which enables the 3D printing of a model and its symmetrical part at the same time.

The Sigmax is compatible with the Hotend Family, which is a collection of six hotends that range in size from 0.3 to 1 mm. Its interchangeable toolheads give it even more versatility, allowing users to 3D print fast or in fine detail, or to use abrasive materials. It has a large print volume, too, of 420 x 297 x 210 mm, enabling the printing of especially wide objects. There’s also an optional enclosure.

A few specifications include:

  • Printer dimensions: 675 x 440 x 680 mm
  • Printer weight: 18 kg
  • Print volume: 420 x 297 x 210 mm
  • Layer height: 0.05 – 0.5 mm
  • Maximum extruder temperature: 290°C
  • Resolution (X/Y/Z): 2.5 µm / 12.5 µm / 10 µm

“From BCN3D Technologies we are proud to announce a new complementary product of the BCN3D Sigma, increasing our current product range and welcoming the new Sigmax to the BCN3D family,” said Roger Uceda, CEO of BCN3D Technologies. “This product release will allow our partners and us to easily meet the customer’s needs, providing more accurate solutions for each vertical market. Our goal is to defy the current manufacturing status quo and, thanks to the BCN3D Sigmax and its highly productive features, we are convinced we’ve taken a new step in the right direction.”

In addition to the Sigmax, BCN3D is now offering its own version of Cura software. BCN3D-Cura will be released on October 18th, and contains features specifically developed for the Sigmax, like Mirror and Duplication printing modes. It also features integrated printing profiles, making sure that users will have the right set of parameters no matter what combination of hotends and materials they’re using.

Finally, BCN3D will be releasing a new materials portfolio called, appropriately, BCN3D Filaments. It will include several common filaments for technical applications, such as PLA, ABS, Nylon, PET-G, PVA, TPU and CF, and will be available at the end of this month.

The Sigmax will begin shipping on November 2nd, and BCN3D is taking pre-orders now starting at €3695. You can learn more about the printer, or place an order, here. If you’re at the TCT Show this week, you can come visit BCN3D at Stand J39.

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[Source/Images: BCN3D]

 

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