FELIXprinters has launched two new machines as it continues to expand its industrial additive manufacturing hardware portfolio.
The Pro L and XL material extrusion platforms have been designed to enable the printing of larger parts, throughout the product development and manufacturing workflow. The new machines will supplement FELIXprinters’ desktop machines, including the Pro 3 series introduced last month.
FELIXprinters says it is aware of the constraints of the small build volumes of desktop systems, and so is bringing to market the scaled up L, with its 300 x 400 x 400 mm build area, and the XL, with its 600 x 400 x 600 mm build area. With enclosed warm and cool zones, the company has also sought to ensure the quality and reliability of prints. The warm zone supports consistent temperature during the build – particularly important when using materials with high shrinkage factor, like ABS, carbon fibre and nylon – and the cool zone is where the electronics are houses, preventing overheating which could cause disruptions to the build or the machine.
Another feature of the machines are the intuitive dual extruders, which print together at different levels to avoid collision, and if one extruder is idle, it is rotated out of the way so there is no interference with the printed part.
FELIXprinters is holding an open day next month at its facilities in IJsselstein, the Netherlands, to showcase the L and XL models, and is hoping from there the machines can go on to be harnessed by manufacturers far and wide.
“Our users have been telling us that they need options to create bigger parts, but without compromising on quality,” commented Guillaume Feliksdal, founder and Director of FELIXprinters. “However, delivering on this is not just a case of scaling up the architecture of our Pro 3D printers. With the Pro L and XL, we have used all of our experience in precision engineering to develop what we believe is a great new offering to the market that ensures FELIXprinters’ commitment to robust and reliable 3D printers is manifested in these large scale systems, while making it possible for them to quickly and easily benefit from the advantages of additive manufacturing, without the hassle.”