Recently, family-run 3D printing supplier FELIXprinters opened the doors of its corporate headquarters and factory in the Netherlands to select members of the press, and its resellers and customers, for the official launch of its new industrial 3D printers, the FELIX Pro L and Pro XL, just months after the company introduced its industrial Pro 3. The new Pro L and Pro XL are not part of the company’s award-winning Pro series, but are actually the first additions to a new line.
Wilgo Feliksdal, who is a director and co-founder of FELIXprinters along with his son Guillaume, started the event off with an introductory address, before Guillaume presented an historical overview of the company, which originated in 2007 when he was underwhelmed with the poor quality and reliability of 3D printers he wanted to use to develop a humanoid robot. He worked to solve some of the issues he ran into, and three years later established FELIXprinters with his father. Since then, the company has only grown, thanks in large part to its strategy of paying attention to the details and focusing on what customers want, then creating new industrial systems with improved features that meet these needs.
The main FELIX team, dedicated to after sales activities, assembly, production, R&D, and technology development, works in the Ijsselstein facility. FELIXprinters works with over 40 resellers around the world, while also developing important partnerships for marketing and sales. Guillaume explained the company’s vision, noting that its “core values” are attention to detail and innovation, production and output quality, and reliability, and said that its mission is to operate as “a technology supplier, strategic partner and guide for unlocking the potential of 3D printing applications — large or small.”
Guillaume then discussed the company’s transition over the past year in order to focus more on industrial applications, but also stated that the company’s main ethos of modularity was still at the forefront. He mentioned that thanks to available upgrades and the spare parts and service FELIXprinters provides, customers are still happily using the company’s original FELIX 1.5 systems.
During the presentation, Guillaume also discussed the company’s work developing complete solutions and customized 3D printing platforms. While he wasn’t able to give too many details on some of the ongoing partner projects, he did mention that the company is developing custom platforms for applications in the academic research, biotechnology, and food sectors; this last will soon include ten fully automated platforms.
The gathered members of the press and company partners were then able to see the company’s new Pro L and Pro XL large-volume 3D printing platforms, which will, according to FELIXprinters, “open up new opportunities for larger industrial parts in a range of industries.” Designed to perform at scale, both systems were built to provide reliable output for large parts, and are portable, easily fitting through a normal office door opening of 900 mm.
Both the Pro L and Pro XL 3D printers feature a flexible build plate for smooth, damage-free removal of prints, interchangeable print heads, and a full three-year warranty for non-wearable parts, which can be upgraded to five years if customers complete periodic servicing. The new 63 kg Pro L offers a 300 x 400 x 400 mm build size and a 48 liter build volume, compared to the 600 x 400 x 600 mm size and 144 liter volume of its 80 kg big brother. Pricing for the Pro L starts at €6,950, while the Pro XL starts at €11,950.
During the tour of the factory, led by Wilgo, the visitors were also able to see some of the company’s other machines in operation, like the desktop Pro 3 and Tec 4 3D printers. Guillaume announced that the Tec 4.5, an upgrade to the platform, would be available by the end of the year. Another announcement is that FELIXprinters has added an installation service to better support its European customers. The service includes 3D printer delivery to anywhere in Belgium or the Netherlands, though the plan is to roll the service out over mainland Europe at a later date, and hardware and software will be installed, test prints performed, and training given to ensure that the purchased system is completely functional.
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