3D System pioneered 3D printing technology with the invention of Stereolithography (SLA). Now the company released a system that will bring SLA closer to an automated production system.
The system, called Figure 4, combines a few SLA 3D printers with the needed automated post processing stations. The print jobs are handled by two robotic arms. The objects are printed directly on modules that will stay with the prints through the whole process.
This enables the objects to be switched automatically from different SLA 3D printers and post processing stations. That said, 3D Systems also announces Multi-Mode Polymerization which enables you to create one object with different materials and material properties. These materials could be tough, durable, biocompatible, high temperature deflective, and can even have elastomeric properties.
The name Figure 4 comes from the original 1984 patent for Stereolithography (SLA) from Chuck Hull. The figure 4 shows how the SLA process works, so it was the perfect choosing for the name for such a highly automated system.