With 3D printing, the evolution in using the technology for making and manufacturing has been and is progressing at such a breakneck speed that both history and head-spinning transformations are made nearly everywhere we turn. With such progress being made by users, if those engaged in the commerce end don’t continue to push forward in technology–and also push forward to provide substantial options for their users, it’s over nearly in the blink of an eye–because in this industry, there is no status quo.
And for companies like 3DP Unlimited, now becoming 3D Platform, they realize that while there must be a starting point, there’s not much growth in continuing to serve solely as a company with a 3D printer. Users want, need, and demand so much more today. They want to make use of the greatest benefits 3D printing provides–unlimited creativity, self-sustainability in design and manufacturing, affordability, quality, and speed. We’ve been following 3DP Unlimited for some time now, and they clearly continue to expand.
With that firmly in mind, 3D Platform has developed a large scale, workbench and tool set concept for under $20K that offers users a way to gain entry into, and make the vast and ever growing world of 3D printing work for them. They are accomplishing this with the 3D Platform open market advantages. This platform offers four central elements, highlighting materials, 3D printing controls, advanced hardware, and access to the latest software.
With open market material diversity, 3D Platform is focused on allowing engineers freedom and flexibility in design and 3D printing, with access to industry innovation and very importantly–new materials. Affordability is key, as engineers watch costs being reduced by as much as ten times, while capabilities are expanding with materials that are stronger than others, as well as:
- Flexible and rubber-like
- Electrically conductive
- Bronze, wood, or carbon-fiber filled
- Food contact safe
With state-of-the-art motion control, 3D Platform offers superior 3D printing with a build area of 1m x 1m x 0.5m and best-in-class mechatronics offering 70 micron layer resolution. The team states that this is a “rugged design reminiscent of industrial machines such as waterjet and plasma cutters.” Users are also able to take advantage of SurePrint Technology, which offers 85% greater torque while simultaneously reducing energy consumption by 67%.
The best in class hardware refers to advanced extruders, with access to upgrades which allow engineers and designers to adapt and develop further skills in 3D printing.
3DP also provides open market 3D printing software to their users, which allows them swift access to new releases, including features like detailed print previews, tool path analyzation, and advanced print algorithms which result in faster print speeds and higher quality finished products. You can check out the 3D Platform concept at the upcoming TCT + Personalize Show in Birmingham UK at the National Exhibition Centre, from September 30th to October 1st.
Let’s hear your thoughts on this move by 3DP Unlimited. Discuss in the 3DP 3D Platform forum thread on 3DPB.com.