Jellypipe — the international 3D printing online ecosystem — has today announced that it can now oﬀer an exciting new large scale 3D printing service through its platform, as Plastech Additive Manufacturing joins the service.
The principle behind Jellypipe is very simple, but is made possible by some extremely complex and intricate software which is the engine that makes using the platform so intuitive and rewarding commercially for all parts of the 3D printing ecosystem. Users of Jellypipe can easily access a huge resource of knowledge, advice, and consultation to ensure that the correct materials, 3D printing technology, and ﬁnishing is selected, and then receive quotes from the most extensive network of 3D printing service providers based on the speed of delivery or lowest cost.
Just joining the ecosystem is Plastech Additive Manufacturing based in Norwich, U.K. Plastech AM uses “The Box” 3D printing equipment from Swedish vendor BLB Industries on behalf of its clients. The company uses a Box Medium system producing high-end, large-scale parts, and boasting a build envelope of 1500 x 1500 x 1500 mm. The machine comes with two extruders and a variety of nozzle sizes and uses the Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF) method of production using industry-standard granules. The use of granules means that material choice is greatly increased, and costs can be signiﬁcantly rationalised for prototype or full mass production.
Stephen Rundle, Director at Plastech AM, says, “We can oﬀer everything from single prints to a short production run, we also have companies close by that can oﬀer ﬁnishing services including milling, spray ﬁlling, sanding and painting. All we need from the client is an .STL or OBJ ﬁle that is approved for print. In some cases, the ﬁle may need some modiﬁcations in order to print in which case we would request an .STP which we can then modify before the client approves.
“Finally, a ﬁnishing speciﬁcation would also be of beneﬁt stating expected ﬁnishes and application. There is no real typical application except large! We have had applications from construction, oil & gas, marine, furniture, automotive, and displays and events to name a few, everything from composite moulds, foul drain pipework to giant theme park ﬁgures.”
When compared with traditional production technologies, the Plastech AM Box Medium System has numerous beneﬁts, but in nearly all instances the technology wins through on speed of manufacture and price. It uses some standard materials like ABS or PP both ﬁlled or unﬁlled, PLA, TPU, TPE and even a special PP with 50% wood ﬁbre, but the real advantage of the FGF technology is that Plastech AM can work with almost any plastic pellet, all that is required ﬁrst is a print trial to test suitability.
Scott Colman, Jellypipe Sales Manager for the U.K. and Ireland comments, “We are delighted that Plastech AM has joined the Jellypipe ecosystem. The Jellypipe platform works so well as it allows users access to a huge range of diﬀerent 3D printing technologies, which means that the best technology for each application is at users’ ﬁngertips.
“However, with the BLB Box technology that Plastech oﬀers it is a ﬁrst for Jellypipe as this is the ﬁrst truly large scale technology that we have introduced, and by so doing the platform can cater for parts and products that would until now have been too big to manufacture via 3D printing.”
Stephen Rundle concludes, “We are delighted to join Jellypipe. We have been impressed by the fact that it is a simple one-stop-shop, which is well publicised and where the process of the quotation is simpliﬁed and therefore reduces the time and eﬀort that goes into both advertising campaigns and quotations. This makes it easier for the customer and helps to develop the market. There is no doubt that Jellypipe makes the process of accessing good quality 3D printed parts speedily extremely easy, and this will undoubtedly help to develop the market for all.”
For more information about the BOX systems, and the other additive manufacturing solutions offered by Plastech, visit the company website.