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3D Systems Announced Their Next Generation “High Speed Fusion” 3D Printing System for Aerospace and Automotive Market Applications

3D Systems recently announced its collaboration with Jabil Inc, to introduction the novel High Speed Fusion Industrial 3D printer platform and material portfolio. Roadrunner TM 3D printer, one of this unique HSFTM family of products, is expected to provide the best economics of any high throughput industrial fused-filament offering in the market today.

Using its advanced electric motion control, this HSFTM system operates at speeds and precision levels well beyond current state-of-the-art production platforms. With temperature capability and outstanding materials portfolio, the Roadrunner system is designed to address the most demanding aerospace and advanced automotive applications.

“By introducing our High Speed Fusion filament printer, 3D Systems will build on the organizational focus that we adopted in 2020, and expand our presence in growing markets that demand high reliability products such as aerospace and automotive,” said Dr. Jeffrey Graves, president and CEO, 3D Systems. “Our investments in this solution, and collaboration with Jabil, will allow our customers to increase productivity and performance by using additive manufacturing with a hardware, software, and materials platform that is uniquely designed for the rigors and requirements of an industrial setting. The value proposition, which we believe is compelling, will open new markets for our company that are estimated to be over $400 million, with the promise of new markets, beyond these current opportunities, as the economics of this new technology platform are fully demonstrated.”

In recognizing these constraints, high costs of production and low throughput, Jabil and 3D Systems application and industry experts are applying their combined knowledge to bring to market a robust solution that meets the day-to-day requirements of the most demanding industries.

3D Systems’ High Speed Fusion industrial printer, Roadrunner, is made for manufacturing and solves key limitations of competitive offerings by providing:

  • Highest deposition rates combined with the best dimensional precision of any standard industrial class of fused filament platform.
  • Lowest landed part cost without sacrificing part quality.
  • Capability to process high-performance, high-temp materials, like ULTEM and PA CF with a broad range of general-purpose filaments like ABS and PETg ESD.

Suitable for the following applications:

  • Direct Printing: aerospace interiors and ducting, drone components, automotive under dash and under hood, and other general industrial applications.
  • Tooling & Fixtures: manufacturing aids, automation and robotics tooling, lift assist tooling, as well as molds and sacrificial tools.
  • Prototyping Parts: automotive, aerospace, medical, heavy equipment, and general industry support.

“We are proud of the progress the Jabil and 3D Systems teams have made and the ability of this solution to overcome the historical system and sub-system level limitations of current market offerings,” said John Dulchinos, vice president, 3D printing and digital manufacturing, Jabil. “Jabil understands the needs of a large-scale manufacturing environment and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with 3D Systems to make this new system available to the marketplace while also using it within our own factories.”

Application engineering and materials development on the new platform has been underway for more than a year and will continue during 2021, with shipments of the Roadrunner system to begin in 2022.

Carbon Named To 2021 World’s Most Innovative Companies List

Carbon, the leading 3D printing technology company, has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovation Companies for 2021 in March.

During the pandemic, these companies have not only found a way to be resilient but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. They made an impact on their industries and culture as a world.

Carbon leveraged its Digital Light SynthesisTM (DLSTM) process to innovate and produces face shields and nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing during the pandemic hit in 2020.

  • Carbon created and validated an open-source face shield design, posting the design publicly on the company website in a matter of days allowing partners across the globe, as well as others with industrial-grade 3D printers, to manufacture face shields for healthcare and essential workers in their local communities.
  • Carbon partnered with Resolution Medical—an FDA registered in vitro diagnostic and medical device manufacturer in the Carbon Production Network—to design, manufacture, and launch The Resolution Medical Lattice Swab—in less than 3 weeks. This timeline is unheard of for a medical product, and the achievement was enabled with Carbon’s technology and design capabilities.

Carbon’s Carbon Design Engine, the design software used to create the Resolution Medical Lattice Swab, was made available to Carbon subscribers. This software, which allows product designers to create lattice designs quickly and easily, was also used to create the Specialized S-Works Power Saddle with Mirror technology and the CCM Super Tacks X helmets.

Carbon’s President & CEO, Ellen Kullman, had been invited to Fast Company’s first-ever “Most Innovative Companies Summit” on 9th & 10th March 2021’s Panel Discussion “Beyond Resilience: Building a Business That Gets Better with Adversity”.

“Manufacturing and supply chain industries showed immense resilience in the last year. These industries have realized that traditional practices and systems will not always meet the needs of today’s reality. The 3D printing process has proven the ability to bring better products to market in less time, with the ability to produce these products where we need them,” said Ellen Kullman, President and CEO of Carbon.

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