3D Printing Industry Meeting: Recap from Rapid + TCT 2021

BigRep 3D-Printers at Rapid + TCT

After a long 20 months of webinars, virtual demos and virtual events, the BigRep team was excited to be back live, in-person at RAPID+TCT, North America’s largest and most influential event for 3D printing and additive manufacturing. For BigRep, it was the perfect opportunity to showcase our large-format 3D printers and applications of our customers who #THINKBIG.

BigRep Booth at Rapid + TCT

In the BigRep booth, the PRO and STUDIO 3D printers were center stage. With their massive size, they attracted a lot of attention as attendees were eager to learn about the features, open source materials and how large-format can help them. Potential customers expressed frustrations in not being able to print full-scale or having long lead times due to outsourcing – which are some of the top reasons people turn to BigRep’s large-format 3D printers. We also analyzed parts right on the show flow to PROVE the value to prospects.

BigRep PRO at Rapid + TCT

#THINKBIG

BigRep customers #THINKBIG and are using additive to save time and money. In the booth, we displayed parts from a few of our customers including WAT (fixture), JK Automotive Design (end use part), Nikola Corporation (prototype), Boyce Corporation (end use part), and more. Attendees that visited the booth and checked out the parts were amazed at the quality of the parts, print times and materials.

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3D Printed Nikola Truck Grille

Key Takeaways

Throughout the 3 day event, several experts and industry leaders took the stage to discuss a variety of topics and share their experience and knowledge. A few key takeaways from these...

1. Taking the hype out and bringing 3D printing to reality.

As always, there is a lot of hype around 3D Printing and what it can do. During several talks, the speakers brought 3D printing back to reality and discussed the real challenges and uses of it. From automotive to aerospace and medical to consumer products, additive offers many great rewards. An expert from General Motors talked about the benefits of FFF 3D printing technology for tooling and prototypes. His big take away was how FFF enables production, helps you minimize defects and also allows you to get to market faster. This sentiment was echoed by several other speakers as well. And then when you take into account the size of printers, the rewards goes exponentially.

Management within companies are also pushing to using additive but experts were quick to point out the importance of not just 3D printing a part because you can. Talk to product development, engineers, production line experts and find the “reality” of where additive fits.

The reality of 3D Printing was also talked a lot about in terms of the pandemic. From supply chain issues to supporting PPE, AM really stepped up during the past 18 months and showcased the true beauty of the technology.

For BigRep, our customers are putting additive manufacturing to use in real life applications from prototyping to production. Our PRO is allowing customers to iterate fast. Produce Faster. Get to market fastest.

2. 3D Printing is another tool in your toolbox.

Additive manufacturing is not positioning itself as a technology to replace traditional manufacturing – “it’s just another tool in your toolbox.” This statement was mentioned during several talks. As the AM industry grown and matures, companies are starting to understand this and realized the true benefits AM can provide.

When considering additive, you must ask yourself the why. Why am I really using additive? Is it the best method to produce my part? And the answer will not always be yes. Traditional manufacturing is often times still the best solution, but when you find the right application for the right part, AM can provide significant savings for both time and cost. One speaker, Ellen Lee from Ford, said it best, “You must find the opportunities that will solve problems with AM.” And as other speakers said, when you do, these are the applications that will pay off in the long run.

3D Printed Automotive Production Tool

For BigRep, we see this with several of our customers who also rely on CNC, sand casting, and other traditional manufacturing methods. They utilize 3D printing when the cost and time savings pay off whether for prototypes, molds, tooling or even end use parts. When the payback is positive, it usually mean big savings not only in cost but also lead time.

3. Applications, applications, applications.

The applications for 3D printing are vast, but still see a lot of prototypes and tooling.

During the presentation, Industrial Manufacturers Discuss the Production Readiness of AM, one speaker talked about using FFF for tooling and how you are missing out if you aren’t using it for that. Other speakers, including Stanley Black and Decker and X Moonshot Factory also talked about how being able to 3D print prototypes is allowing them to iterative fast and as a result bring about better products.

Then in terms of production parts or end use parts, customization of parts is still a huge benefit of using AM from shoes to jewelry and also one off parts for customer automotive interiors (as several BigRep customer are doing) or large displays.

3D Printed Car Dashboard

As several speakers spoke about the benefits of FFF for tooling, we see it every day from our customers, including WAT, Nikola, Vestas and more. One of the key benefit our large-format 3D printers allow is the ability to print tools that cost a fraction and are lighter weight and often more ergonomic.

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BigRep and COVID-19

Dear valued customers,

Despite the challenges presented by the recent spread of COVID-19, we at BigRep are working hard to ensure you have access to the resources you and your business need to meet your expectations in design and production with our additive manufacturing systems. Like many businesses we’re taking steps to ensure the safety of our employees and communities around the world, but want to assure our customers that we’re doing all we can to meet their needs.

So, here’s how current events are affecting us at BigRep:

  • Our service department is doing its best to continue business as usual, but unfortunately due to travel restrictions onsite service is being scheduled on a case-by-case basis. We’re working closely with our resellers and other partners in regions that our usual service technicians can’t currently reach and will be offering additional service-focused on-demand content and video conferencing for service consultations.
  • Our products - including filaments and spare parts - are in good supply. We don't anticipate any disruptions to online orders or deliveries.
  • Any staff that’s position does not demand they be present at BigRep’s offices is presently working from home. Some are balancing responsibilities for children with closed schools and at-risk family members. We ask that you please bear these extraneous circumstances in mind in any communication with BigRep staff.
  • Unfortunately, all upcoming BigRep events have been cancelled, either by us or their hosts. We’ll be replacing the intended presentations and panels with on-demand content wherever possible.

Should our operations be meaningfully limited due to future developments regarding COVID-19 we’ll reach out with an update and update our website with the information at http://www.bigrep.com/posts/covid-19.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

The BigRep Team

BigRep Showcasing Four Brand-New Engineering-Grade Materials at FABTECH 2019

BigRep is once again expanding its materials portfolio, launching 4 new materials at FABTECH 2019. These new materials – PLX, PET-CF, PA6/66 and BVOH – support BigRep’s mission to provide cost-effective and environmentally-friendly engineering-grade materials to industrial users for large-format additive manufacturing.

“These materials are specially designed to take full advantage of our large-format 3D printers’ speed, precision and quality,” said BigRep CBO, Frank Marangell. “They are the result of combining our continuous, customer-focused experiences and extensive knowledge of materials to push the limits of AM even further.” At FABTECH, Mr. Marangell will also give a presentation on “How Large-Format 3D Printing is Transforming Industries” (Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 12:45 CT).

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BigRep PLX is being introduced to address the industry’s need for a fast, reliable and environmentally friendly material. The material is a general-use bio-performance filament derived from organic compounds perfectly suited for open-environment 3D printing. Best suited for design and functional prototyping, BigRep’s PLX can print up to 80% faster than standard PLA with no modification to the 3D printer at a strength surpassing the typical mechanical properties of even ABS-printed parts.

The second new material, PET-CF, is a carbon fiber reinforced filament now introduced to BigRep’s growing line of engineering-grade materials for high-strength, large-format printing. Offering exceptional dimensional stability and low moisture absorption, PET-CF is capable of producing exceptionally strong, stiff parts with a fine surface finish and heat resistance up to 100 °C. Designed for the BigRep STUDIO G2, the material is suitable for functional, performance applications.

BigRep's PA6/66 is a highly durable, lightweight thermoplastic filament with high rigidity and resistance to heat and chemicals. Its high compatibility with machining and mechanical strength make it an excellent candidate for many industrial applications like tooling, patterns, molds and end use parts. Functionally similar to Nylon PA6, a common material for injection molding, PA6/66 is uniquely suited for scalable batch productions, printing end-use parts or prototyping with nearly identical material properties to mass production parts.

Equally innovative is BigRep's new BVOH support material, an advanced water-soluble filament that eliminates support-removal post-processing for complex 3D-printed parts. Due to BVOH's solubility and ability to support heavy prints, it is especially suited for printing complex, ready-to-use prototypes.


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With open-source material compatibility, BigRep printers are the ideal choice for industrial users with advanced or niche material requirements. As a company dedicated to supporting its community of industrial users, BigRep is always working with groups of high-level users with specific material requirements for their advanced processes. By addressing the needs of industrial users and consistently launching supported specialized material, BigRep ensures the value and reliability of its additive offerings are always growing.

BigRep continues to expand its filament offerings, enabling users to produce large-format parts with advanced, engineering-grade materials. By introducing and supporting the engineering-grade materials our industrial users require, BigRep continues to expand its additive systems’ capabilities to enable the advanced applications and efficient workflows that help businesses grow and prosper.

About BigRep
BigRep develops the world’s largest serial production 3D printers, creating the industry benchmark for large-scale printing with the aim to reshape manufacturing. Its award-winning, German-engineered machines are establishing new standards in speed, reliability and efficiency. BigRep’s printers are the preferred choice of engineers, designers and manufacturers at leading companies in the industrial, automotive and aerospace sectors. Through collaborations with its strategic partners – including Bosch Rexroth, Etihad Airways and Deutsche Bahn – and key investors – including BASF, Koehler, Klöckner and Körber – BigRep continues to develop complete solutions for integrated additive manufacturing systems, as well as a wide range of printing materials on an open-choice source. Founded in 2014, BigRep is headquartered in Berlin with offices in Boston and Singapore. Leading the way in one of the world’s key technologies, our multinational engineering teams are highly trained, interdisciplinary and customer-focused.

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To arrange an interview with BigRep’s executive management or NOWLAB team, and for more information on BigRep and its solutions, please contact:
Jürgen Scheunemann
PR & Communications BigRep GmbH
T: +49 30 9487 1430
E: [email protected]

BigRep Wins Creative Use at the 3D Printing Industry Awards 2019

Last week, BigRep was proud to participate in the prestigious 3D Printing Industry Awards! We had the honor to be nominated in three categories and to receive the Creative Use of 3D Printing award for the NERA eBike – our fully 3D printed e-motorcycle.

BigRep was represented at the event by Mirek Claßen, NOWLAB Head of Innovation and Generative Design Applications, and Jan Hoffmann, Head of Software, who received the award on the company’s behalf.

“We are thrilled about the award for our prototype NERA, the world’s first fully 3D-printed, functional e-motorcycle,” said Daniel Büning, NOWLAB co-founder and Head of Innovation “With our creative use of 3D printing, we have demonstrated the unprecedented capacity of FFF large-scale 3D printing technology in AM.”

The NERA development was led by Marco Mattia Cristofori at BigRep’s internal innovation consultancy, NOWLAB, to demonstrate the incredible developments that can be accomplished with today’s accessible additive manufacturing technology, like BigRep’s large-format 3D printers. The NERA dispels many of the assumed limitations of additive technology, such as its applicability for end-use parts.

“To us, the award also confirms BigRep’s ability as an innovation leader bringing new technologies from design to reality – in this case in only 12 weeks – providing an added-value market lead for industrial customers.”

The award-winning e-motorcycle was printed with a combination of consumer-friendly industrial filaments including BigRep Pro Flex, BigRep Pro HT, BigRep PLA, and BigRep PETG materials. Pro HT was used for rigid parts, PLA for color details and PETG for the light reflectors. Pro Flex allowed for embedded functionalities in a unique way; tires, bumper, seat and handles were printed with the flexible material to effectively fulfill functions that usually require complex mechanical constructions like hydraulic, shock absorbing suspension systems.

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The monumental success of the NERA, its development and execution with additive technology, shows how processes are ripe for re-thinking with a totally new, future-forward additive perspective to change the way designers envision products.

The NERA eBike and other challenging projects like it are taken on by BigRep’s innovation and consultancy department, NOWLAB, with clients working on similarly incredible projects that push 3D printing to its limits and uncover the technology’s true capabilities. The NERA is just one example of revolutionary applications that companies at the forefront of their industries are capable of with large-format additive manufacturing at their disposal.

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About BigRep:

BigRep develops the world’s largest serial production 3D printers, creating the industry benchmark for large-scale printing with the aim to reshape manufacturing. Its award-winning, German-engineered machines are establishing new standards in speed, reliability and efficiency. BigRep’s printers are the preferred choice of engineers, designers and manufacturers at leading companies in the industrial, automotive and aerospace sectors. Through collaborations with its strategic partners – including Bosch Rexroth, Etihad Airways and Deutsche Bahn – and key investors – including BASF, Koehler, Klöckner and Körber – BigRep continues to develop complete solutions for integrated additive manufacturing systems, as well as a wide range of printing materials on an open-choice source. Founded in 2014, BigRep is headquartered in Berlin with offices in Boston and Singapore. Leading the way in one of the world’s key technologies, our multinational engineering teams are highly trained, interdisciplinary and customer-focused.

For more information on BigRep and its solutions and to arrange an interview with BigRep CEO, Stephan Beyer, PhD, or BigRep CBO, Frank Marangell, and, please contact:

Juergen Scheunemann
PR & Communication
PR & Communications BigRep GmbH
T +49 30 9487 1430
E [email protected]
Abbey Delaney
North American Marketing Manager BigRep
M (989) 860 – 8210
E [email protected]

First BigRep PRO installed at Boyce Technologies, Inc.

The highly anticipated innovative BigRep PRO has landed in New York at Boyce Technologies, Inc. This marks the first official installation of the PRO, powered by the new BigRep Metering Extruder Technology (MXT®) and state-of-the-art Bosch Rexroth CNC control system. Boyce Technologies is taking their additive process to the next level by adding the PRO to their already existing 3D printing workhorse, the BigRep STUDIO.

Boyce Technologies’ use of additive has grown rapidly from prototyping to printed molds for vacuum forming and manufacturing end-use parts additively. Presently, several end-use parts are produced with BigRep printers at Boyce Technologies for Verizon kiosks placed across New York City.

“With the PRO, we are now much more competitive because we’re able to produce large proofs of concepts faster than anyone else in the industry,” said Ajmal Aqtash, Director of Robotics at Boyce Technologies. “We’re a company known to move really fast. It’s our competitive advantage, and now with the PRO our additive capabilities have increased five times.”

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Boyce Technologies houses an ecosystem of industrial manufacturing tools that the PRO, their second BigRep printer, has joined. A unique solution, the PRO answers industry demands with a variety of powerful technologies working in tandem. BigRep’s powerful MXT technology is harnessed for fast, precise and astoundingly repeatable large-format prints. The Bosch Rexroth CNC control system facilitates 5G compatible data collection to monitor and optimize the BigRep PRO’s powerful additive manufacturing capabilities.

Want to learn more about Boyce Technologies’ additive activities? Watch our on-demand webinar with Ajmal Aqtash, Boyce Technologies Director of Robotics.

Daniel Büning Appointed Chief Innovation Officer of 3D Printing Manufacturer BigRep

3D design, technology and innovation expert Daniel Büning, co-founder of NOWLAB, named as new Chief Innovation Officer of BigRep GmbH / Appointment completes BigRep executive management team.

Berlin, 23 April 2019 - BigRep, the global leader in large-scale 3D printing and supplier of Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, has named Daniel Büning as its new Chief Innovation Officer.

In his new role, Daniel Büning (37) will focus on industry-driven applications by managing BigRep’s technological innovations, conceptualizing new visions, prototypes and future solutions for AM. The CIO will also oversee two key areas of expertise – the development of sustainability as well as the integration of digital technologies in 3D printing such as machine learning and AI.

Daniel Büning is no stranger to AM and BigRep. A pioneer in the field of large-format AM, in 2014, he was a co-founder of NOWLAB, which joined BigRep two years later. Leading NOWLAB, the digital technologies and innovation hub within BigRep, he and his team of engineers and designers have been the driving force behind the company’s groundbreaking prototypes. Many of these, including the NERA e-motorbike, the Adaptive Robotic Gripper and the AGV Next mobile industry platform, were industry-first developments, establishing BigRep as the thought leader in large-format 3D printing.

BigRep CEO Stephan Beyer, PhD, said: "BigRep is advancing toward digital production solutions delivering reliable technology for our customers. The focus of his responsibilities on applications, sustainability and digital technologies in 3D printing reflects our ambition to lead the way. This appointment shows our appreciation of Daniel’s proven track record and the performance of his whole team; his know-how and experience across different industries will be a great asset to BigRep. Being a trusted partner of our stakeholders as well as a highly respected team member, we welcome Daniel to the executive team and look forward to working with him.”

The German-born architect (Münster School of Architecture) has enjoyed an excellent academic career, including a Fulbright scholarship and studies at the renowned Pratt Institute in New York City, one of the leading art schools in the United States. Looking back on ten years in digital design, manufacturing, 3D printing and AM, he has also served as a guest lecturer at universities and institutions such as the AA London, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Arts Berlin. In addition, he has been selected as an expert for digitalization and Industry 4.0 issues in proceedings at the German federal parliament.

“I’m thrilled about my new responsibilities at BigRep”, said Daniel Büning. “This is a highly dynamic company, whose visions I am excited to support and develop ground-breaking innovations for our expanding global industrial customer base. BigRep is driven by a passion for technical transformation and service; a set of values I deeply share and to which I will contribute with my know-how and experience.”

About BigRep:

BigRep develops the world’s largest serial production 3D printers, creating the industry benchmark for large-scale printing with the aim to reshape manufacturing. Its award-winning, German-engineered machines are establishing new standards in speed, reliability and efficiency. BigRep’s printers are the preferred choice of engineers, designers and manufacturers at leading companies in the industrial, automotive and aerospace sectors. Through collaborations with its strategic partners – including Bosch Rexroth, Etihad Airways and Deutsche Bahn – and key investors – including BASF, Koehler, Klöckner and Körber – BigRep continues to develop complete solutions for integrated additive manufacturing systems, as well as a wide range of printing materials on an open-choice source. Founded in 2014, BigRep is headquartered in Berlin with offices in Boston and Singapore. Leading the way in one of the world’s key technologies, our multinational engineering teams are highly trained, interdisciplinary and customer-focused.

Contact:

Juergen Scheunemann
PR & Communication
PR & Communications BigRep GmbH
T +49 30 9487 1430
E [email protected]

Adding to the Manufacturing Discourse in Chicago – Our IMTS Wrap-Up

Adding to the Manufacturing Discourse in Chicago – Our IMTS Wrap-Up

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The Talk of the Show

 BigRep’s large-scale 3D printers attracted a lot of attention, positioned front and center of the additive section.  Both the BigRep ONE and STUDIO were running 24/7 printing high quality parts throughout the show.  We talked with engineers, product designers, professors, managements and C-levels about both the benefit of 3D printing and the value that large-scale can provide.

When attendees learned how big the build platform was, we could immediately see the wheels start turning and attendees imagining all that they could do.  Many challenges we heard throughout the week was – “My printer is too small and I’m spending lot of time gluing and combining parts.”  “I’m not getting quality parts off my larger-scale 3D printer.”  “The strength of my parts isn’t adequate.”  These challenges and more can be solved with a BigRep solution.  From jigs and fixtures to 1:1 parts for prototyping and one off parts to patterns and molds, the possibilities are endless and can help get products to market faster and edge out the competition.

In 2018 and beyond, if companies want to continue innovating, getting bigger and better, then additive needs to be in their portfolio.

A Changing Landscape for Additive & BigRep

No BigRep booth visitor could have missed our enormous banner promoting our next-generation additive machines – our soon-to-come industrial large-scale printers. They’ll be unveiled at formnext (so don’t miss that announcement). While the excitement and interest was evident around the next generation of BigRep printers, we know there are many more to come when we unveil the new machines.

BigRep America president, Frank Marangell had this to say, “IMTS was a great show for BigRep and the additive community. It’s come a long way in the past years and by IMTS 2020, I expect BigRep and additive to be helping reshape manufacturing.”

The BigRep America Team at the booth, IMTS Chigago 2018
Thanks to all our team, partners and visitors for making IMTS 2018 a spectacular success for us!

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BigRep & YES01 Team Up at Inside3DPrinting, Seoul

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An exciting event has come to an end in the South Korean capital Seoul, with the close of the Inside3DPrinting conference and exhibition. Held between June 27-29 at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) in Seoul, this year’s event was themed around ‘Strategies for the 3D Ecosystem’. We joined our Korean reseller YES01 at their booth, where visitors were able to see a BigRep STUDIO in action and view a range of industrial 3D-printed samples.

BigRep CEO Stephan Beyer was invited as a speaker and presented BigRep technology yesterday, on Day Two of the conference, on the topic ‘Additive Manufacturing in Transportation’. He spoke to a full room about BigRep’s large-scale 3D printing solutions and how the machines enable a host of cutting-edge applications in industrial contexts. For example, Deutsche Bahn’s use of BigRep technology in developing end-use parts, as well as demonstration of this by automotive customization company Paravan, and Aalborg University’s production of a bicycle frame using the BigRep ONE.

Beyer also delved into BigRep’s work with Etihad Airways Engineering in defining a roadmap for Additive Manufacturing solutions for the aerospace industry. He talked to the crowd about the BigRep R&D philosophy of having applications informing materials, which then informs machine development. The importance of this, he explained, lies in ensuring BigRep’s large-scale machines fulfil the needs of companies to create industrial-grade prints, such as for production tooling, of rapid manufacturing of jigs and fixtures.

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Some questions followed, one about 3D printing for the aviation industry and materials certification required for it. Given BigRep and Etihad are working together on solving the challenges in this field, it was an especially relevant question, which Beyer addressed in the frame of BigRep’s development of flame-retardant materials suitable for aircraft.

Beyer also did several interviews with Korean press, for a TV station, a magazine and online news site ZDnet. BigRep conducted a media conference with numerous outlets present.

There was high traffic to the booth throughout the event, with visitors stopping to watch the large print of the electrical box that progressed on the STUDIO printer. Passers-by were representatives from a wide range of sectors including education, transportation, construction and even the industrial lighting industry stopped by the booth to find out more.

One major global automotive company approached the booth saying that they have small and mid-sized 3D printers, but are looking for large-scale solutions to make their process more efficient. A few aerospace companies also sought BigRep out, enquiring after the potential of BigRep technology to print end-use parts with high-tech capabilities.

Alex Hodik, BigRep’s General Manager for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, works out of the BigRep Singapore office and was in Seoul for Inside3DPrinting. We caught up with him to find out more about the top trends he noticed throughout the event, and what to watch for in 3D printing in APAC and globally.

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“We were one of the only large-scale providers at the event, so it’s clear that there is still a huge number of smaller-scale machines. In this sense, we are very much ahead of the curve in presenting viable large-scale manufacturing options to customers in this market,” said Hodik.

“Korea is a territory representing all applications and industries applicable to 3D printing, and very representative overall of Asia as a market,” said Hodik, referring to the highly industrial needs of many of the market countries. “It was an important event for us to meet customers and potential resellers, as we continue to ramp up our partner network in the region.”

Hodik and the dedicated BigRep team in Singapore supports 15 distributors – a number that continues to grow rapidly in the APAC region.

Inside3DPrinting is the largest global 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Event series focused on innovation, manufacturing and expansion of the latest cutting edge technologies. The event is punctuated by an impressive bill of speakers, all leading their fields in additive manufacturing and adjacent spaces. With an international audience of over 10,000 people, the conference and exhibition is a major industry on the world calendar.

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Creating a New 3D Printing Filament – How BigRep Made Pro HT

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“When 3D printing started, everybody was printing ABS. It is one of the most common materials used in injection molding. Everybody wanted to replicate it in 3D printing.”

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is a thermoplastic, and previously seen as the ideal kind of material for 3D printing extrusion. Using it is not exactly simple though, says BigRep’s Materials Product Manager Markus Bucher, “You need a very controlled ambient temperature to print ABS, which is difficult to achieve. ABS is also not so safe, in terms of the toxic fumes being emitted while melting, so we cannot tweak the machine to reach those temperatures.”

BigRep had plans for printing with a filament stronger than ABS, so the team set about engineering a solution with similar properties. The result: BigRep’s Pro HT.

They managed to find a material with thermal stability comparable with that of ABS, as well as making it easy to handle – it is printable in a similar way to BigRep PLA on the BigRep ONE, in an open build space. Bucher wanted the renewable material to present with good adhesion to the print bed, minimal shrinking and warpage, which they achieved.

Once they had the temperature resistance fixed (115°C) Bucher and the team tested their new material internally, with a new in-house materials verification system. They scouted for materials suppliers and got their certifications in order.

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As well as designing and manufacturing the highest quality large 3D printers, BigRep is dedicated to material innovation of this kind. BigRep’s materials engineers look in detail at every parameter, consistently fine-tune current materials and when looking to release another 3D printing filament, feedback is always followed by more fine-tuning of the parameters. It is a difficult yet worthwhile process, particularly in the case of Pro HT and engineering-grade materials.

“We were one of the first companies to release a filament with a matte finish, and for that we received a lot of good feedback,” said Bucher, speaking on the positive response from customers who have been happy with the properties of Pro HT. Bucher says the black color filament has been the most popular product in the Pro HT range. It is also available in Nature and Silver colors.

Given its high-level heat resistance, Pro HT is an ideal candidate filament for 3D-printed functional rapid prototyping in industrial settings and is a high-strength, weather-proof filament.

For example, in designing and printing an aesthetically fascinating wheel rim prototype, BigRep Designer Marco Mattia Cristofori says Pro HT was the best filament for the job. “For the angles and declination of the print design, Pro HT properties were ideal,” said Cristofori. “It allowed us to create a highly accurate model for functional testing.” BigRep True Support PVA (water-soluble material) was used with PLA for the rim prototype, then black Pro HT was chosen for the final product, due to its sleek matte finish.

BigRep continually works with clients across a variety of industries on custom material solutions for their individual business applications. As well as the recent release of TPU-based filament Pro FLEX, the materials team has much more in store for the coming months, so stay tuned!

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Hot off the Printing Press: BigRep in the News

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We can be a little shy to share press about ourselves, but a couple of recent pieces in German media have us feeling proud of our growth and accomplishments these past months. Being featured in some of Germany’s leading newspapers is a feather in our cap, especially in the city of our founding, but of course that comes with a catch – they are in German. For our English-speaking audience, reading the articles could be tricky!

Thanks to Jochen Clemens at Die Welt (The World) newspaper, who published an article on 25th April 2018, entitled ‘Large Prints and a Little Finesse’. Clemens spoke with BigRep’s Maik Dobberack about the company’s journey so far, from a small team to now one of over 100 employees across several global offices. In the article, Dobberack is quoted saying that BigRep’s goal is to become one of the largest suppliers in additive manufacturing in Germany and internationally.

Clemens writes that in order to do this, BigRep has a foundational strategy of low-cost production – a key to staying competitive. Mentioning the manufacturers of the BigRep ONE and STUDIO 3D printers as Olpe Jena and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, both based in Germany, the article looks at how BigRep is positioned toward industrial-grade applications for a range of industrial sectors: “This is clearly the market of the future for us,” due to additive’s increasing prevalence across the world in solving industrial production and manufacturing business challenges.

Dominik Bath, journalist for the Berliner Morgenpost, visited the BigRep HQ in Berlin-Kreuzberg to tour the office, see the 3D printers in action and speak with Daniel Büning, Managing Director and Co-Founder of [email protected]

Bath’s article ‘3D printing from Berlin on the way to mass market’ was published on 14th April 2018 in the major Berlin newspaper, in print and online. It profiled BigRep as a start-up that has achieved fast growth to become mid-sized company and important player in the Berlin technology community. “BigRep is the poster child for Berlin’s growing 3D printing scene,” writes Bath. “Büning also wants to underscore the fact that technology has gone from something niche to the level of industrial production.”

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The article references the Deutsche Bahn ‘Mobility Goes Additive’ project in which BigRep is involved, assisting the national train network to produce end-use spare parts. The unit’s Managing Director Stefanie Brickwede is quoted as saying “[3D] Printing is faster, more flexible and cheaper than traditional manufacturing processes and the trains are available again in the shortest time possible.”

The article also focuses on a survey conducted by the Senate Department for Economics (Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft) provided exclusively to the Berliner Morgenpost, revealing how that of 68 companies using the technology, more than half are already using 3D printers in their daily work. Bath’s piece mentions the inherent advantages for companies taking up the technology: “Because replacement parts can be produced onsite as needed, it could reduce expensive warehousing feed. With the low-noise 3D printers, industrial production could also move closer to residential areas in cities.”

Stay tuned to our blog and social media for more news on BigRep. We recently had a major German news network come to film a TV news story at our Berlin-Kreuzberg HQ – not long until the big reveal!

For some more English-language coverage of BigRep and innovative prints with our large-scale 3D printers, here is a selection of recent articles:

CNET: 3D-printed airless bike tires deliver a 'smooth ride'

All3DP: BigRep Prototypes Big with a 3D Printed Wheel Rim

Aerospace Technology: BigRep and Etihad partner to develop 3D-printed aerospace parts

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