Smaller-Footprint Printer for Prototypes, Patterns, Molds

3D SYSTEMS introduced a new pellet-extrusion system with a build volume of 800x600x800 mm that applies the speed and efficiency of large-format systems that manufacturers can use to fabricate more modestly sized functional prototypes, tooling, fixtures, sand casting patterns, thermoforming molds, and end-use parts. With print speeds up to 10x faster and 10x lower material costs than traditional filament-based systems, the EXT 800 Titan Pellet is designed for cost-effective applications by foundries and for markets like aerospace/defense, thermoforming, prosthetics/footwear, and research.

The EXT 800 Titan Pellet has a single extrusion tool head and refined industrial design, for a range of manufacturing environments including offices, labs, and universities, as well as larger shop floors. The compact frame means that the printer will fit through a standard set of double doors, for easy delivery and installation.

The system also includes a large, front-mounted touchscreen for “an intuitive user experience,” according to 3D Systems. And it noted that the EXT 800 Titan Pellet system achieves print speeds up to 10x faster, with material costs 10x lower than traditional filament-based systems.

“With the addition of the EXT 800 Titan Pellet to our industry-leading family of pellet extrusion systems, we are able to bring this technology to a broader set of manufacturers to enhance their products and innovation,” stated Rahul Kasat, vice president, Titan, 3D Systems. “For manufacturers seeking speed and sustainability, our EXT Titan Pellet systems are a game-changer. They combine high-speed printing with cost-effective pellets, making the technology ideal for a wide range of applications. Over the years, the customers have asked us for a solution to meet their needs of producing smaller parts with a reasonable production cost.

“The introduction of the EXT 800 Titan Pellet is designed for manufacturers that are looking for these benefits, but do not need the very large build capacity of our existing systems,” Kasat added.

3D Systems’ pellet-extrusion printers use industrial CNC controllers for reliability, heated beds and chambers for part accuracy, and proven pellet-extrusion hardware and materials. The systems allow use of glass and carbon-filled high-temperature engineering materials such as ABS, PC, Nylons, PEI, and PEKK, as well as highly flexible TPE and TPU that cannot be printed on filament-based machines.

The EXT 800 Titan Pellet is available for immediate ordering with first deliveries anticipated in Q3 2024.

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