One of the biggest annual events in additive manufacturing is formnext, which begins in Frankfurt, Germany in just two weeks. With all of the international attention the conference garners, many 3D printing companies around the world use the opportunity to debut their latest products and innovations. At last year’s formnext, Dutch digital light processing (DLP) specialist and 3D manufacturing leader atum3D unveiled its flexible DLP Station 4 3D printer, and now it’s getting ready to introduce three new products at this year’s event.
The DLP Station 5 is the first of these innovations. The 3D printer looks similar to its predecessor, but has increased accuracy, consistency, and speed thanks to a new, specially designed, industrial high-power light source.
“Thanks to this high-power unit, DLP Station 5 offers unprecedented build speeds and consistent accuracy,” said Guy Nyssen, Channel Manager at atum3D.
The new state-of-the-art 3D printer features an open resin platform, so users can select different resolutions and wavelengths, and it’s available in a standard 405 nm wavelength version, as well as a 365 nm wavelength option, depending on the necessary build material properties and application.
Nyssen explained, “This unlocks the full potential of our open resin platform technology, as certain material properties are currently only available when using 365 nm curing resins.”
The company’s cost-efficient DLP Station printers are 192 x 250 x 120 mm, weigh 32kg, can print at speeds of up to 50 mm per hour, and have a resolution up to 6 µm after Tolerance Tuning. However, the DLP Station 5 has a more “optimized practical usability” than the Station 4.
“This innovation takes an entirely new approach to object orientation and automatic support generation, optimizing and speeding up both preparation and post processing,” Nyssen said. “It’s added to the proprietary algorithms that allow Operator Station to optimize accuracy for build on DLP Station hardware which, for example, makes it possible to create truly round openings. It’s a unique combination of speed, accuracy and ease-of-use.”
atum3D has been paying close attention to its customer feedback, which leads us to the final new product to be unveiled at formnext – Industry Excellence Packs, which will be pretty valuable to potential customers.
“Introducing 3D manufacturing to an existing business to speed up and optimize trusted business processes can be overwhelming,” Nyssen said. “As we aim to be side by side with atum3D customers and make their life easy, we’ve created the Industry Excellence Packs.”
The packs are specific to four different industries – Dentistry, Jewelry, Manufacturing, and Product Design – and combine all of the software, hardware, resin, services, and post processing solutions necessary for those applications.
“We propose the best combinations based on our experience. For example, a dental laboratory chooses 3D manufacturing to create accurate dental parts in-house fast, increasing patient satisfaction and reducing cost-per-part. That’s why atum3D includes all must-haves to start benefiting from the get-go in the Dentistry Excellence Pack, such as hardware which largely automates post processing, a dental resin, all consumables as well as operator training and support,” said Nyssen.
“We’ll probably add additional Industry Excellence Packs in the near future. These comprehensive products allow us to convey our experience and advice to potential customers. Of course, we’re always ready to further customize the proposed Packs to the customer’s specific wishes.”
For now, users can get the Product Design Excellence Pack, the Dentistry Excellence Pack, the Jewelry Excellence Pack, and the Manufacturing Excellence Pack, all of which were created by atum3D in an effort to make the user’s life as easy as can be.
Nyssen said, “We can’t wait to showcase the results of our team’s hard work in Frankfurt. It’s fitting that all three pillars on which atum3D is built, being our in-house expertise in the fields of hardware engineering, software development and resin chemicals, all contributed to the innovations on show at formnext. We strive to offer exceptional accuracy, speed and cost effectiveness and make our customer’s life easy through training, services and support. The new DLP Station, Operator Station software and Industry Excellence Packs do just that!”
According to Nyssen, there is a Dutch saying that, when translated, means ‘all good things come in three,’ which he believes is “spot on” in terms of atum3D’s newest innovations.
“atum3D invites everyone to visit our booth 3.1-C78 and experience these innovations firsthand at the Messe Frankfurt from November 14 through 17. We’re looking forward to presenting our products and services to potential customers and professional distribution partners alike,” said Nyssen.
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