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5/31/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

EnvisionTEC launches new composites 3D printer

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The SLCOM technology allows for the building of composite parts using layer-by-layer laminated thermoplastic composite fabric sheets from a roll.

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EnvisionTEC Inc. (Dearborn, MI, US) has launched the SLCOMTM 1 industrial composite 3D printer.

“We are proud to introduce the first disruptive industrial-scale, composites 3D printer. This represents a paradigm shift for manufacturing, especially where demanding mechanical and environmental properties can only be delivered from woven composites,” said Al Siblani, CEO of EnvisionTEC.

The 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 inches wide by 30 inches long by 24 inches in height (approximately 61 cm by 76 cm by 61 cm).

The SLCOM 1 can process a wide range of custom-made reinforced thermoplastics, featuring unidirectional or multidirectional woven fibers tailored to the customer's performance needs. Some of the composite 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 3D printed parts suitable for use in aerospace, automotive, consumer products, sporting goods, and potential applications in the medical space.

“It is exciting to consider the extensive range of new applications that the SLCOM 3D printing technology will open up. EnvisionTEC has long been a pioneer in 3D printing innovations and we believe that this entry into the composites space will propel industrial 3D printing to a host of new applications,” Siblani says. 

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