It’s finally November, which means that formnext 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany is less than two weeks away. New product and business announcements ahead of the show have been rolling in since September, and they keep coming. In October, Italian industrial 3D printer manufacturer 3ntr, creator of the massive A2 3D printer, released its Smart Slicing Interface (SSI) software, and will also be introducing two new hardware elements at formnext to complete its full industrial 3D printing solution.
Any kind of part, including complex industrial components, can be 3D printed with advanced SSI, which is powered by the KISSlicer engine. SSI supports multi-material use, as well as support material extrusion processes, and the print style is set to automatically match the polymers currently being printed.
Additionally, 3ntr is also offering the SSU01 advanced support material system – even surfaces that come into direct contact with support material come out looking pristine, and supports are easily dissolved in ultrasound tubs with a solution based on water and caustic soda.
The KISSlicer interface is more than a little complex, so the SSI platform reduces the learning curve and makes it more accessible to users. SSI will automatically check your print settings for you, highlight any potential issues in red, and uses preset factory profiles, which recognize the compatibility of chosen polymers with the programmed print job. So even users without much experience can quickly and easily 3D print complex parts.
Software solutions need hardware that can support its capabilities, which is why 3ntr is releasing two new elements to enhance the industrial 3D printing offered by its reliable A2 and A4 3D printing systems.
In 2014, the company introduced carbon fiber build trays with magnetic blocks, for easy removal of completed prints. These trays didn’t require any tricks, like hairspray, glue, or clips, to remove finished parts; now, 3ntr is making its build trays even easier with its new Diamond plates.
3ntr has a patent for the technology behind these plates – just let them cool to room temperature, and the parts will slide right off, no tools required. However, it is important to note that this is only guaranteed to work if the A2 or A4 printers are using factory print settings and 3ntr materials.
Once the plate is cool, it only takes a few seconds to remove even complex parts, or a series of parts, which is of vital importance when it comes to speeding up production process workflows – it’s not just about printing speed. In terms of material and part removal during production workflows, 3ntr’s easy to use Diamond plates make kapton, painter’s tape, PEI films, and other removal tricks and tools totally unnecessary.
Finally, 3ntr will be releasing its new ultra-hard tungsten carbide nozzle, named Bliss, at formnext this month. Industrial 3D printers that are used to produce strong end-use parts and components, like 3ntr’s 3D printers, can do so thanks to composite (charged) materials like the company’s PA66+Glass and NylonCarbon. Unfortunately, the downside is that these materials are highly abrasive, which means that they wear down standard 3D printer nozzles fast.
The new Bliss nozzle can stand up to highly abrasive filament materials, because tungsten carbide is ten times harder than brass. 3ntr has extensively tested the Bliss nozzle, and proved that it can last up to 100 times longer than brass nozzles can – at least when it’s being used to print polymers on 3ntr’s 3D printers.
3ntr’s tough new Bliss nozzle will never break during installation, thanks to its monolithic build, and it also works up to 1.5 times faster than standard abrasion nozzles, at 92 W m/k.
When combining its new advanced SSI software, long-lasting and efficient Bliss nozzle, and Diamond plates for faster print loading and part removal, 3ntr can offer a full, integrated solution for industrial 3D printing. You can come check out the company’s new products at Booth #3.1-G75 at formnext, which begins in Messe Frankfurt on November 14th and runs through November 17th.
3DPrint.com will be reporting from the show floor throughout the busy week in Frankfurt, and we’re looking forward to seeing all the latest in industrial 3D printing first-hand.
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