A couple of years ago, 3D Platform introduced the 3DP Workbench. The aptly named 3D printer featured a built-in industrial workbench with 12 built-in drawers and cabinets for storage purposes. The 3D printer itself boasted a large build area, yet the entire thing was highly portable, able to be folded up and transported easily, fitting through any standard doorway. The 3DP Workbench became quickly popular for its convenience and all-in-one workspace solution, as well as its large build volume and speed, detail and accuracy.
3D Platform offers several variations on the 3DP Workbench, in addition to hybrid additive and subtractive manufacturing machines called the Excel Series. The company has always been focused on large-scale manufacturing, and now it’s going even bigger with the introduction of the WorkCenter 500, a new extra-large-format 3D printer now available for presale. 3D Platform has also always prioritized affordability, and the WorkCenter 500 is no exception, priced at less than $200,000.
“The overwhelmingly positive response to 3DP’s Excel machine has made one thing clear – not all customers need multiple gantries, and both additive and subtractive capabilities,” said Jonathan Schroeder, President of 3D Platform. “Also, many who need an extra-large format machine cannot afford to spend $750k or more. Therefore, we set out to design a purpose-built machine for extra-large format additive manufacturing that wouldn’t break the bank.”
The FFF 3D printer offers a build volume of 1.4 m x 2.8 m x 700 mm. It is currently the only large-format 3D printer on the market to provide the option of either filament or pellets, or both. The high-volume extruders offer a choice of throughput rates ranging from 1.3 kg per hour to more than 7.5 kg per hour. Customers can take advantage of a wide variety of open market filaments or pellets and software that can deliver up to 90% savings over closed ecosystem 3D printers.
3D Platform is now accepting applications for limited beta sites and pre-order reservations. Interested businesses can contact the company here.
Large-format 3D printing is becoming much more commonplace than it used to be, but it still has remained on the expensive side. 3D Platform, however, wants to make the technology affordable, and has done so with its own large format series of 3D printers. Other machines the company offers include:
- 400 Series Workbench Xtreme
- 300 Series Workbench Pro
- 200 Series Workbench Classic
- 100 Series Work Table
- Excel Series
3D Platform is based in Roscoe, Illinois and has a global distribution network supported by Certified Service Providers. The company is a market leader in large-format, open market 3D printers and is focused on developing new, next generation advancements in additive manufacturing technology. Its customers include GE, Hallmark, Nike, FedEx, Crayola, Northrop Grumman and many other prominent organizations. 3D Platform has been in business since 2014.
3D Platform will be at RAPID + TCT in Fort Worth, Texas this coming week, showcasing their big plans in 3D printing at booth #1142. We’ll be on-site all week to see and report on the latest live from the floor.
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