Over the last few years, we have seen a tremendous number of new FFF/FDM 3D printers come to market. The majority of these machines have targeted the consumer and small business markets, in a heated battle aiming to pack as many features into each new machine at the most affordable price possible. Although there are many FDM/FFF 3D printers on the market for industrial and engineering applications, for instance the Stratasys uPrint and Fortus lines, the number of companies competing in this sub-market are meager at best.
Today, a Jaén, Spain-based company, called Sicnova 3D has unveiled a FFF 3D printer like nothing we have seen before. The company, which launched back in 2007 as a 3D technology consultancy firm as well as reseller of hardware, has grown quite a bit in the last several years. As a 3D Systems Authorized Reseller, Sicnova 3D has primarily relied upon third party manufacturers for the bulk of their revenue. With that said, the company recently decided that something was missing from the market, a comprehensive, large-scale FFF 3D printer. Therefore the Grupo Sicnova’s Research & Development Lab has developed the Sicnova JCR 1000, a printer which targets the industrial and engineering areas of this market.
The JCR 1000 combines the robustness and superior capabilities of a large-scale machine with the ease of use inherent in some of the simpler consumer oriented 3D printers we have seen. With an ability to print large objects at decent speeds, while also featuring a Plug & Print system, this machine may be perfect for any size business. Below are a few of the general specifications for the JCR 1000:
- Print Envelope: 1.000 x 600 x 600 mm (39.3 x 23.6 x 23.6 inches)
- Print Accuracy/Precision: 50 microns
- Material Compatibility and Size: PLA, ABS, nylon, hard rubber, PVA, PP, PC, HIPS, carbon fiber material and any material able to work with a temperature of between 180ºC and 350ºC – 1.75 mm filament diameter
- Print Speed: 100 cubic centimeters per hour
The printer also features additional added features such as the ability to monitor a print via a webcam, auto-leveling of the bed, and high precision motor controls. With an enclosed build chamber which opens at the top, and a unique design which certainly is an eye-catcher, the JCR 1000 steps outside the box to offer engineers, prototypers, and industrial clients something that’s not yet available to them.
This is not Sicnova 3D’s first piece of hardware that they are manufacturing. In fact, just last month they unveiled a large 3D body scanner called CloneScan3D. During its unveiling, the company 3D scanned all 300 people located in a tiny village of Torrequebradilla, in Jaén, Spain, in a single day.
Pricing details have yet to be announced, and the company is currently seeking distribution partners. Let us know your early thoughts on this new 3D printer. Discuss in the Sicnova JCR 1000 forum thread on 3DPB.com.