The world’s leading manufacturer of professional grade 3D printing solutions, Germany-based Envisiontec, presented the SLCOM™ 1, the first industrial scale composite 3D printer at RAPID 2016 show in Florida.
EnvisionTEC founded in 2002 to produce rapid prototyping systems, has won the leading position in the market thanks to DLP (Digital Light Procession) technology, which the company used for their jewelry and medical 3D prototyping solutions.
Following years of consistent innovation, EnvisionTEC launched a 3D printer SLCOM 1, (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.
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 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 basalt fiber, woven carbon fiber, or 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 exceptional toughness, environmental resistance, vibration dampening, low flammability characteristics, high wear resistance and high strength to weight ratio.
Additive technology has become a trend, with a growing interest in composites 3D printing. This technology was named the best during the conference Digital Technology of Industrial Russia (CIPR). Khosla Ventures invested $ 7 million in composites 3D printing startup.
Terms: Composite materials