What can you do in a metal 3D printing lab? train, educate, prototype, research, develop, produce… all these things that sound basics for any scientist or 3D printing enthusiast. Imagine now the possibility to do so in one go, with the basics equipment within your reach, and by chance, at a very affordable cost.

That’s a path Levil TechnologyThe Virtual Foundry, and Sapphire3D have just designed.

Levil Technology is a US-based company that designs and produces tabletop CNC machines that are used across many industries. Sapphire3D is made up of makers that focus on the development of 3D PRINTING and SINTERING of METALS and CERAMICS. And the Virtual Foundry is known for a patented process for extruding metal, glass or ceramic powder with a thermoplastic binder into continuous filament suitable for use in any fused filament 3D printers.

You may have certainly discovered the company in a dossier of 3D ADEPT Mag that tackles “Pure Copper” and “Additive Manufacturing”.

A solution for both additive and subtractive manufacturing

Those companies have joined forces to make their vision of combining metal 3D printing and CNC machining a reality for schools and organizations across the US.

To do so, they have put together a complete kit that includes the Levil EDU-Mill with an industry-grade dual head 3D printer and a selection of Levil, FANUC, or Mitsubishi control, The Virtual Foundry’s proprietary metal 3D printing filaments, and Sapphire3D’s safe and easy to use kiln.

According to Sapphire3D President, Dave Lawson, their kilns have been designed and developed to sinter The Virtual Foundry metal filaments. The Virtual Foundry’s Filamet™ metal 3D printing filaments can be post-processed in the included hardware.

Levil Technology could not have asked for better partners when it came to creating a metal 3D printing solution for our customers.  We wanted local partners that would provide expertise and support to our users and not only did they deliver but also exceeded our expectations.  Their products fit seamlessly with our space-conscious, low inertia machines.  We cannot wait to see what our end users create when they have all these tools at their disposal“, General Manager, Andres Leon states.

While it furthered their efforts to democratize metal 3D printing, the Virtual Foundry President, Tricia Suess states that this package offers capabilities unique in the market by providing a full-service metal 3D printing bundle that includes CNC capabilities.  

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