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An industrial scale 3D printer for the production of woven fiber composite parts

News International-French

24 May 2016

EnvisionTEC, a manufacturer of professional grade 3D printing solutions, announces the launch of the SLCOM 1 industrial composite 3D printer.

EnvisionTEC, who has a history of driving innovation in 3D printing developed and commercialized DLP 3D printer to market in 2002. Following years of consistent innovation, EnvisionTEC has yet another 3D printer in the SLCOM 1, employing a new patent pending process known as Selective Lamination Composite Object Manufacturing.

SLCOM technology allows for the building of composite parts using layer-by-layer laminated thermoplastic composite fabric sheets from a roll. As the first 3D printer employing this technology, the SLCOM 1 will be capable of building objects up to 24” x 30” with a 24” height.

The SLCOM 1 can process a wide range of custom made thermoplastic reinforced unidirectional or multidirectional woven fibers tailored to the customer performance needs. Some of the composite matrix materials the SLCOM 1 can process include woven glass fiber, woven carbon fiber, or other woven aramid fibers reinforced with a choice of Nylon 6, Nylon 11, Nylon 12, Peek, Pekk, Polycarbonate, and many others. This allows for customization in delivering high quality 3D printed parts suitable for use in aerospace, automotive, consumer products, sporting goods, and potential applications in the medical space. The composites can be tailored for toughness, environmental resistance, vibration dampening, low flammability characteristics, high wear resistance and high strength to weight ratio.

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