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Essentium team at RAPID + TCT 2018 [Image: Sarah Goehrke]

At Rapid + TCT this spring, Essentium first introduced its High Speed Extrusion (HSE) 3D printing platform. Now, this week at formnext 2018, the company, known for its proprietary FlashFuse technology and strength in materials, is formally launching the platform, in addition to announcing some new partnerships and a supporting global supply chain.

“Essentium is a leading innovator in 3D printing technology for additive manufacturing at scale,” Blake Teipel, the CEO of Texas-based Essentium, told 3DPrint.com. “Specifically, the company has created the next generation of industrial 3d manufacturing platforms and supply chain. Essentium has disrupted traditional manufacturing by bridging the gap between 3d printing and machining.”

The Essentium HSE 180-S 3D printing system is a production-ready AM platform, which delivers scale, speed, and strength at an extremely fast order of magnitude.

“At 10x faster than any industrial extrusion printer on the market, the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE) platform is the fastest industrial extrusion machine and is built for manufacturing at scale.  Often used for tooling, jigs, fixtures, and end use parts, the Essentium HSE is a 3D printing solution that is as strong, fast, and scalable as traditional manufacturing,” Teipel tells us.

“It is a high-speed extrusion platform with all linear motors (no belts, no pulleys) that allow the machine to achieve 3G acceleration at greater than 1 M/sec movement speeds. With only seven moving parts, its reliability is born from semiconductor assembly operation.”

The newly launched HSE platform makes it possible for users to achieve, at scale, high-speed 3D printing in design, prototyping, and production manufacturing. It’s also, according to Teipel, five times more accurate than any other extrusion 3D printing platform currently on the market.

“Utilizing Essentium’s FlashFuse technology, customers can print parts – from a 3d printer – that have the strength of an injection molded part,” Teipel told 3DPrint.com about the kind of part quality that users can expect from the company’s new platform. “The HSE’s combination of motion speed and force result in significantly improved print control and accuracy compared to traditional printers.”

Essentium’s HSE 180-S can heat the nozzle from 20°C up to 600°C in less than three seconds, which makes it, according to the company’s website, “the only platform to serve as a complete solution to unlock industrial applications of additive manufacturing.”

“The world’s top manufacturers – in automotive, aerospace, contract manufacturing, medical and consumer goods – invest in Essentium solutions to achieve additive manufacturing at scale, without sacrificing accuracy, strength or speed,” Teipel tells us.

Machine specs for the new HSE 180-S 3D printing platform include:

  • 1.75 mm filament diameter
  • 740 x 510 x 650 mm build area
  • Fully-enclosed, multi-modal heated chamber
  • Multi-surface heated bed, which can reach 200°C

The system starts at $75,000, and customers can reserve one to purchase for $500. Delivery is expected in 2019.

When asked about the company’s goals for the future, Teipel told 3DPrint.com:

“We are committed to creating industrial additive manufacturing solutions that solve our customer problem-set of speed, scale, cost, part accuracy and part strength. This, combined with an unmatched choice of material relative to other 3D printing technologies, will open up entirely new use cases for manufacturing-focused customers.  We will transform the manufacturing floor to give customers uncompromised execution capabilities and unhindered innovation – with unprecedented cost benefits.”

Visit Essentium at formnext this week at booth J50 in Hall 3.1.

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