Companies can evaluate engineering grade materials in an industrial grade filament printer without the upfront investment in the hardware.
A new trial program offered by DSM and JuggerBot 3D allows manufacturers to assess the benefits of additive manufacturing with high-performance materials, also known as 3D printing, without making an initial capital investment in hardware.
“While adoption of additive manufacturing in production environments is increasing rapidly, many companies continue to face challenges as they work to adopt the technology,” said Jill Cohen, Global Marketing & Sales Director Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “The two issues reported most frequently are the cost of equipment, and/or limited investment budget, and the lack of in-house expertise on various 3D printing technologies.”
JuggerBot 3D’s printers are standalone systems and include a unit to keep filament dry before processing. Using both push and pull filament extrusion forces, the patent-pending Interdependent Drive System allows for great flexibility. Material profiles are built into the software and controls are designed to make production easy.
“For additive manufacturing to make it into mainstream production, it requires industrial-grade printers that can process engineered materials in a reliable and consistent way,” explains Daniel Fernback, CEO of JuggerBot 3D. “JuggerBot 3D has focused the design of their systems to be uniquely capable of processing a wide variety of high performance, engineered materials – like DSM’s line of thermoplastics for additive manufacturing.”
Customers in the initial trial included 3D printing service bureaus and design companies in a wide variety of industries, including transportation, consumer appliances, and medical prosthetic devices & sockets. Hardware and material support were provided throughout the trial period, and companies paid for only the DSM engineered materials used.
The program is currently available to companies in the U.S. During the trial period, customers can decide to purchase machines.