has developed an industrial 3D printer that can use commonly available third-party materials to produce strong, accurate industrial parts of assorted sizes and functions.
The newly developed 3D printer employs a unique material extrusion method that is achieved using a flat screw (an inline screw with a flattened configuration) like that found in Epson’s precision injection moulding machines. This extrusion method enables the printer to be used with a variety of common third-party materials, such as resin
or metal pellets, which are generally available at lower cost than other materials, environmentally considerate biomass pellets, and PEEK materials, which can provide high heat resistance.
Epson is aiming to commercialise the printer after first making needed refinements while using it internally to volume-produce certain parts for commercial and industrial equipment.
In addition to industrial 3D printers, Epson seeks to innovate manufacturing by co-creating flexible, high-throughput production systems that reduce environmental impacts. www.epson.eu