3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), the originator of 3D printing, today announced that FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, a leading full service solution provider for additive manufacturing, has installed three ProX® 800 3D printers and one ProX 950 SLA 3D printer at its facilities in Lupburg, Germany. The new large-build systems will be used to serve FIT’s industrial customer base primarily comprised of companies in the automotive, special machinery, aerospace, consumer goods and healthcare industries.
“We consider 3D Systems SLA solutions to be the gold standard in 3D printing for precision, reliability, and material properties – critical factors to meet our customers’ high manufacturing standards,” said Carl Fruth, CEO, FIT. “These are complete solutions in every sense, from the 3D SprintTM file preparation and management software that comes bundled with the systems to the latest Accura® additive materials including the nanocomposite filled Accura HPC, the tough and durable Accura Xtreme and Accura Xtreme White 200, and the benchmark for clear printing applications – Accura ClearVueTM. The extra large format, especially of the ProX 950, is a perfect fit for our automotive and aerospace parts as well as for producing master patterns for vacuum casting and serial production of smaller parts.”
3D Systems ProX 800 and 950 SLA 3D printers deliver high quality, high resolution parts with superior accuracy (+/-45 μm) and surface finish that compares with traditional mold manufacturing. 3D Systems engineers designed the Accura materials specifically for the ProX SLA print engines; they include polypropylene-like, durable, clear, castable, high-temperature, ceramic-filled composites and other advanced materials. Both ProX models feature expanded build sizes to enable the production of large parts like dashboards and QuickCast® investment casting patterns in a single piece. The ProX 800 features a build envelope of 650 x 750 x 550 mm (25.6 x 29.5 x 21.65 in) and the ProX 950 is even larger with 1500 x 750 x 550 mm (59 x 30 x 22 in).
“Our founder and CTO Chuck Hull invented the stereolithography (SLA) process more than 30 years ago; since then SLA has more than proven itself as the premiere additive manufacturing technology for automotive, dental, medical, entertainment, and other industries that demand durable parts with fine details and textured surfaces,” said Wayne Davey, general manager EMEA and India, 3D Systems. “Like 3D Systems, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group has a well-deserved reputation for design and manufacturing excellence and we are confident that the ease of use, quality output, and oversize build capacities of these ProX systems will make them a valuable addition to FIT’s in-house additive manufacturing capabilities.”