Formnext Preview 2019 – Part 1: Mimaki, Materialise, XJET, Arburg, Roboze & RAYLAYSE

We have announced it in several articles. Formnext is a lot of things and there is a lot to see. We have been able to compile below some interesting announcements & solutions that might be interesting to see on the show.

Mimaki brings 10 000 colours at Formnext

A colourful 3D Printing experience. Unveiled two years ago at Formnext 2017, Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer, has seduced more than one with its ability to replicate 10 million colours.

Built on the company’s heritage in 2D printing, the system provides options to print in 19, 22, 32 or 42µm layers. Formnext visitors will be able to discover a new pricing model for the build and support materials compatible with the 3D printer. And an interesting testimony from Marketiger, a Dutch 3D printing company that is leveraging the Japanese solutions to deliver its services.

Lastly, makers and young professionals might be interested in discovering the 3DFF-222 printer, a FDM 3D Printing solution co-branded with Sindoh. The solution has already been launched for the first at 3D Print Lyon in France. All of this will happen in Hall 12.1, Stand B99.

Materialise to showcase solutions to increase productivity and serial 3D Printing

In Hall 12.1, Booth C131, the software editor will present several solutions dedicated to increasing productivity and driving serial 3D printing. Materialise has had a full year: between acquisitions and development of materials portfolio, just to name a few of its activities, the Belgian company does not intend to stop now. At Formnext, visitors will discover the latest developments of its software offering:  Materialise Magics 24, Streamics, 3-Matic, Build Processors, e-Stage, Simulation. Live demos and advice on how to effectively integrate AM into business and manufacturing processes will be par of this programme.

RAYLAYSE: a focus on two main solutions: one for powder-bed metal AM and the other for high-precision AM

Visitors to the RAYLASE stand (D59 in Hall 11) at Formnext 2019 will witness the premiere of the AXIALSCAN FIBER-20. Designed to increase the productivity of modern AM powder bed machines, the deflection unit can form a quadruple design set up and according to the company, increases efficiency 4-fold across the process field.

The second main solution is the AM-MODULE NEXT GEN for fibre-coupled lasers. Ideal for the manufacture of ultra-high precision components, it boasts homogeneous power density and exceptionally low drift values. It enables ultradynamic, rapid processing with flexible spot diameters and is available in 2 variants – as a Standard-Module or as a High-Performance-Module with fully digital galvanometer scanners. This solution might raise the interest of users in the aerospace industry, automotive manufacturing and medical engineering.

Post-process: a full guide to post-printing

Whether you're printing FDM, PolyJet, SLA, CLIP, MJF, SLS, or Metals, you will end up by a post-printing stage. In this industry, Post Process has built extensive expertise in the field. In Hall 12.1, B.40, you may discover the recently released SLA resin removal solution, experience a demo of CONNECT3D™, Digital Manufacturing Workflow for 3D Printing and the PostProcess™ RADOR™ is the premier data-driven, hands-free surface finishing system.

XJET introduces two versions of The Carmel 1400

Israël-based specialist is making another step in its journey to redefine metal and ceramic AM. For a few years now, Hanan Gothait and his team pursue the mission to demonstrate the range of applications that illustrate the unique advantages of its NPJ technology for metal and ceramic additive manufacturing. While addressing challenging issues like post-processing with metal AM, this team keeps investing extra miles for advanced AM users. The adventure will continue this year with the launch of Carmel 1400M and Carmel 1400C that integrate an updated product line. The visit might be grandiose as XJET said they will showcase on their largest stand to-date (#12.1 C01).

Arburg to focus on Medical 3D Printing technology

Germany-based specialist might also be an interesting one to watch as they will have an area dedicated to medical applications and the developments with its Freeformer technology unveiled last year. We all know the vital importance of the developments in the medical industry.

The Freeformer open system is ideal for medical technology, as it can also be used to economically process biocompatible, resorbable, and sterilisable FDA-approved original plastic granulates – for example for customised orthotics and implants.

With a few small adjustments, the Freeformer is also suitable for use in clean rooms. Indeed, it is low in emissions and creates no dust, and the build chamber is generally made out of stainless steel.

Roboze and a new Heat Treatment Process

Those who are interested in discovering solutions dedicated to extreme applications might put Roboze on their list (booth, 12.1-C61). The start-up that is growing at fast pace keeps convincing professionals from a wide range of industries.

With the launch of this heat treatment process, the Italian company provides a full range of solutions dedicated to FFF 3D Printing. According to the company, the HT Oven allows to prepare the filaments between several prints and enables to optimize and speed up the production thanks to the large space housing the spools for the pre-printing multiple drying.

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