BigRep Introduces BigRep FLOW, an End-to-End Solution for Production Aids

BigRep FLOW is a new customizable SaaS solution that makes application engineering for 3D printed jigs, fixtures, and manufacturing aids easier than ever, with no design skills or 3D printing experience required.

WORKFLOW AUTOMATION FOR PARTS THAT WORK

Berlin, Germany, May 5, 2022: BigRep, the global leader in large-format 3D printing solutions, launches its new workflow for automated application engineering: BigRep FLOW.

BigRep FLOW is a new Software as a Service (SaaS) product enabling anyone to create customized, 3D printable factory tooling with just a few clicks; no experience is required in 3D printing or 3D design. Much more than just design automation, BigRep FLOW automates the entire application engineering process for you with a customized app to produce ready-to-use tooling.

FROM YOUR NEEDS TO A CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION

Since every customer's needs are unique, the initial step is BigRep's engineering team to learn more about the customer's application. Together with the client, BigRep determines feasibility based on user-defined benchmarks and qualifications to launch the development phase. Feedback and development iterations result in a custom BigRep FLOW Application generating 3D printable tooling that consistently gets the job done.  With BigRep FLOW, all design configurations are optimized for 3D printing speed and success, plus reduced material costs. Customers get the tools they need; faster, cheaper, and more accessible than ever.

In addition to a custom app, BigRep FLOW includes a collection of sample apps to produce a range of factory aids and tools. Available developed apps include transporters and organizers like customized trays, boxes, storage dividers, and shadow boards. Tooling apps and factory aids such as soft jaws, assembly jigs, and product twisters instantly let anyone create complex parts.

NO TRAINING IS REQUIRED TO CREATE CUSTOM TOOLS

BigRep FLOW is accessible across platforms, including mobile devices. Each custom BigRep FLOW App requires virtually no training as the user experience is straightforward and streamlined. Users log in to their BigRep FLOW account to access an App Library, which includes their custom apps as well as free sample apps. After opening the appropriate app (for example, a fixture configurator), the user uploads a 3D file of their existing part, for which BigRep FLOW then generates the custom fixture. The user easily configures the parameters within seconds. With a single click within the app, they can order their printed tools or start production on an in-house BigRep 3D printer.

THE FUTURE OF AUTOMATED DIGITAL MANUFACTURING

BigRep FLOW can replace an existing 3D workflow to save time and money. Users new to 3D printing can instantly create the tools they need and skip the 3D learning curve entirely, from application engineering to printing functional tools. The advantages of BigRep FLOW over a traditional 3D design workflow are clear. BigRep FLOW can create printable tools in minutes rather than days for immediate results and fast design iterations. The intuitive cloud-based interface makes it simple to configure custom tools, and design changes are calculated in real-time with instant visualization. More than just automated design, BigRep FLOW Apps create 3D printable tools that meet benchmarks and qualifications for real-world use. Perhaps best of all, BigRep FLOW lets you maximize the potential of additive manufacturing for your business but requires no experience in 3D printing or CAD software skills.

“We are very excited to launch BigRep FLOW, our Advanced Workflow Automation Software, making it very easy to configure and produce the factory tooling needed on the production floor – faster and cheaper,” says Dr. Sven Thate, Managing Director of BigRep. “With FLOW, we support our manufacturing clients with the customization of their operations to outpace the competition. Our vision is to offer end-to-end solutions for our users. FLOW can be used with a qualified printing service to turn an idea or a need into a printed solution. If speed is even more of the essence, it turns our large-format 3D printers into connected jig and fixture work-stations and more.”

See the new BigRep FLOW online at www.bigrep.com/bigrep-flow and try out a sample app directly on the website.

About BigRep

A global leader in large-format FFF 3D printing, BigRep strives to transform its user’s productivity and creativity with easy-to-use additive manufacturing solutions. With an aim to help companies accelerate innovation and rethink manufacturing, BigRep’s German-engineered 3D printers enable engineers, designers, and manufacturers from start-ups to fortune 100 companies to go from prototyping to production faster, getting their products to market first. Through collaborations with strategic partners – including BASF, Bosch Rexroth, Etihad Airways, and Deutsche Bahn – BigRep continues to develop complete additive manufacturing solutions comprising industrial 3D printers, software, and advanced materials. Founded in 2014, BigRep is headquartered in Berlin with offices and technical centers in Boston, Singapore, and Shanghai.

BigRep FLOW - An End-to-End Solution for 3D Printed Production Aids

For additional information, please contact:

Abbey Delaney
Global Marketing Manager, BigRep
E: [email protected]
P: +1 989.860.8210

Maik Dobberack
DACH Marketing Manager, BigRep
E: [email protected]
P: +49 30 20 84 82 60

BigRep Introduces a New Generation of Large-Format 3D Printers Tailored to Their Users’ Applications

BigRep strengthens its portfolio with the new easier-than-ever PRO and the new configurable ONE.

BigRep, the global leader in large-format 3D printing, will unveil its new generation of 3D printers at the Formnext 2021 event in Frankfurt (November 16 – 19).

ITERATE FAST. PRODUCE FASTER. GET TO MARKET FASTEST. The new and improved BigRep PRO, a meter cubed powerhouse 3D printer, is designed with the industrial user’s needs in mind. Its versatility allows for full-scale, large parts including functional prototypes, factory tooling, patterns, molds, and end-use parts. Built for productivity throughout all stages of manufacturing, the PRO provides designers, engineers, and manufacturers with an easy-to-use, flexible solution to innovate and produce faster and cheaper. Fully fiber-ready, the new BigRep PRO is now compatible with many fiber filled filaments including PA12-CF.

Using the BigRep PRO is now easier than ever thanks to a new hybrid software-hardware solution, BigRep JUMPSTART, that lets you start printing within minutes and skip the hassle of manual print preparation. JUMPSTART combines three features that make life easier for the customer, saving them valuable time.

BigRep SWITCHPLATE

First, removing large and small parts on the PRO just got easier with SWITCHPLATE, a removable and flexible print bed surface that eliminates the need for glues and removal tools. Second, LOCKSTAGE allows for accurate, secure extruder mounting with little effort, providing even greater precision throughout the entire print. Lastly, BigRep’s MXT® Controls System simplifies the user experience BigRep SWITCHPLATE in action bypassing the need for manual print bed and extruder calibration ensuring crucial first print layers are optimal every time.

BigRep’s upgraded MXT® Controls System orchestrates the harmonious performance of all components and processes to ensure fast printing, accuracy, and repeatability. It employs proprietary algorithms that improve your gcode print file, resulting in better quality such as smoother surfaces, higher accuracy and all-around consistent results.

BigRep PRO Industrial 3D Printer - Easier Than Ever

LARGE-SCALE INNOVATION. LIMITLESS CREATIVITY. The new and upgraded BigRep ONE is fully tailored to support designers, pattern makers, and researchers by bringing their designs and innovative ideas to life in full scale.

New ONE with upgrade enclosure package

The ONE comes with a new, lighter, and more precise portal and can now be configured easily to the needs of the user. Customers are able to choose from single, dual, or twin extruder modes plus add-ons like an enclosed housing and even the printer's color to create the perfect machine just for them. Then as their 3D printing needs evolve, they can simply upgrade their ONE with additional features.

“We are excited and proud to present our new additive manufacturing solutions combining our diverse hardware, materials and processes, as well as software and controls expertise,” says Dr. Sven Thate, Managing Director of BigRep. “The new BigRep PRO was developed with our industrial users' productivity and ease of use in mind. The new BigRep ONE, the original affordable large-format 3D printer, is now even more accessible and customizable for all innovative users THINKING BIG.”

See the new BigRep PRO and ONE, BigRep SHIELD dry cabinet, and the limitless applications of our successful users including Canyon Bike, Kennedy Valve, Ford, Magirus, Zoeller Kipper and more at Formnext 2021 in BigRep’s booth, located in Hall 12.1 Booth F 01.

Watch the BigRep PRO Live Demo:
Large-Format 3D Printing Now Easier Than Ever

December 2 at 11 am EST (5 pm CEST)

BigRep and Teton Simulation establish a Partnership to Integrate SmartSlice™ into Large-Format 3D Printing

Smart Slicer Software

BigRep, a leader in large-format 3D printing solutions, and Teton Simulation, the creators of SmartSlice™ technology, have partnered to bring the benefits of performance requirements-based validation and print parameter optimization to industrial large-format prints.

“We are excited to work with Teton Simulation and explore the possibilities of their advanced FEM technology,” said Dr. Sven Thate, Managing Director of BigRep. “We are convinced their industry-standard design verification will boost large-format FDM usage even in the most load-critical applications. We also see the possibilities of their load based design optimization to deliver significant time and materials savings and make FDM usage on industrial level easier than ever.”

SmartSlice™ helps industrial users to quickly define load cases for parts they intend to print and validate the as-printed performance of these parts against mechanical limits of the material but also against part deflections. With built-in optimizer features, users can also let the software find the ideal slicer settings individually for each section of a 3D geometry, guaranteeing load-performance with minimal amount of material.

“Teton Simulation is excited to announce our collaboration with BigRep to bring the power of SmartSlice™ to large format prints. BigRep’s ability to create high-quality, production-level parts at such a large scale provides a great opportunity to reduce material waste, increase efficiency, and save project costs,” said Teton Simulation CEO Doug Kenik. “And with BigRep BLADE slicer software we have the perfect vehicle to harvest the full power of SmartSlice™, bringing significant benefits to the users.”

The output of this partnership is expected to bring confidence that parts meet functional and performance requirements as well as time, money and material saving possibilities with automated part analysis and optimization from small- to large-format 3D printing. Currently working with BigRep materials, including PRO HT and HI-TEMP CF.

Download BigRep BLADE Slicer Software here:

BigRep Demo Day

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BIGREP DEMO DAY 

December 1 from 1 to 4 pm EST

BigRep North American Headquarter in Wilmington, MA

REGISTER TODAY

YOU'RE INVITED TO #THINKBIG.

Join the BigRep team as we open the doors to our North American headquarters.  Learn more about BigRep large-format 3D printers (which are up to 1 meter cubed build volume), materials, software and also the applications that are seeing the most pay back from prototyping to end use parts.

With more than 600 large-format printers in the market, our printers are German-engineered to print 24/7, delivering high quality parts at a competitive price.  Experience the power of our fleet of large-format 3D printers, meet the experts behind them, and learn how they can help save you time and money.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE DEMO DAY:

  • Demo of all BigRep large-format 3D printers – PRO, STUDIO and ONE
  • Breakdown of BigRep materials and the benefits of an open source system
  • Show and tell of customer parts
  • On the spot part analysis in our slicing software, BigRep BLADE
  • ROI Breakdown for your application

 

OVERVIEW

DATE: Wednesday, December 1

TIME: 1 to 4 pm EST

LOCATION: BigRep America, 50-E Concord Street, Suite 100, Wilmington, MA 01887

 

You are welcome to come any time between 1 and 4 pm, and stay for as long as you want.  Food and beverage will be provided. All local COVID guidelines will be followed.

 

QUESTIONS? Please contact Abbey Delaney at [email protected].

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THE DEMO DAY

BigRep Introduces the BigRep SHIELD, a Large-Format Dry Cabinet for Optimal Material Storage Conditions

Filament Dry Cabinet - BigRep SHIELD

Designed to protect your filament from material degradation, the BigRep SHIELD dry cabinet stores up to 60 kg of filament in ideal conditions, eliminates more than 99% humidity, reduces material waste by 20% and repair costs up to 50%.

BigRep, the global leader in large-format 3D printing, introduces the new BigRep SHIELD, an industrial filament dry cabinet that ensures optimal storage conditions for 3D printing materials. Without proper storage in a humidity-controlled environment, 3D printing filaments - particularly engineering-grade materials such as PA 6/66, TPU, PVA, BVOH, PET - will absorb airborne moisture and result in higher rates of printing error, nozzle clogging, and machine downtime.

Far surpassing the industry standard of 1%, the BigRep SHIELD maintains 0.01% humidity by looping air through a controlled desiccant chamber without the use of heat, therefore avoiding the risk of over-drying filaments from long-term heat exposure. As part of an industrial workflow, the BigRep SHIELD reduces misprints and material waste by 20% and saves up to 50% on repair costs caused by clogging and extruder damage.

"Environmental conditions, normally outside of your control, play a huge factor in the printability of the filament. We want our customers to produce quality prints every time, which is why we saw it important to provide a solution and especially a big one that can hold a lot of material,” said Sven Thate, BigRep Managing Director. “To extend the life of your 3D printer and save time and money by preventing downtime and damages, the SHIELD is a must-have to avoid workflow disruptions.”

In developing SHIELD, BigRep collaborated with Amboss+Langbein, an industry leader with almost 40 years expertise in drying systems for plastics manufacturing. This combined wealth of industrial knowledge, along with quality components and a Siemens control system, results in a robust and reliable machine that ensures ultimate productivity protection at all times. The industrial-sized storage chamber holds up to 60 kg of filament, enough material for one month continuous 24/7 printing.

  • Interior dimensions: W x D x H: 480 x 480 x 1200 mm, 276 liters
  • Storage capacity: Minimum of 12x 2.5 kg spools, 12x 4.5 kg spools, or 6x 8-10 kg spools

The SHIELD maintains constant overpressure for an airtight storage volume. This prevents new moisture from entering its chamber during regular operation and ensures the system can quickly remove any and all airborne humidity with 100% air recirculation. The SHIELD provides ample space for safe, long-term storage of highly-sensitive additive manufacturing materials to maintain their ideal condition.

Large-Format Dry Cabinet for Optimal Material Storage Conditions

Designed to protect your filament from material degradation, the BigRep SHIELD dry cabinet stores filament in ideal conditions to save you time and money by preventing downtime and damages.

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BigRep STUDIO G2 Available for Lease Across North America

We're proud to introduce a brand new leasing service for our industrial 3D printer, the STUDIO G2 across North America! The versatile 3D printer for demanding industrial applications, like jigs and fixtures, with a variety of engineering-grade filaments is now available in six-month rental leases at an affordable rate.

“For the first time, our service makes a large-format industrial 3D printer available to new customers or small- to mid-sized businesses looking for a hassle-free and flexible turnkey Additive Manufacturing solution at an affordable rate,” says Frank Marangell, BigRep CBO and President of BigRep America. “Facing a challenging economic environment and volatile markets, customers today want quick and flexible solutions without big investments or long-term obligations. By making 3D printing available today, BigRep is helping companies stay ahead of the curve with an agile manufacturing solution to be even more competitive tomorrow.”

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The STUDIO G2 rental service is offered in partnership with NCP Leasing, a company specialized in lease financing of AM systems and providing capitalization of other high technology capital equipment. The standard rental lease covers a six month period at a highly competitive monthly rate of (net) $3,000 USD. A small nominal base fee covers the simple installation and training. In addition, rental customers gain access to all of BigRep’s 3D printing technological expertise, industrial applications and full range of high-performance filaments as well as the company’s global partner network. Once the lease has expired customers can opt for different ways to proceed, giving them maximum flexibility: they can simply renew their lease, purchase the system at a competitive price, or return the printer to BigRep.

The STUDIO G2 is a durable, cost-effective partner for innovation and industrial production that makes manufacturing high-quality, large-format parts easy. With a sleek, space-conscious body, perfect for the production of factory tooling, the STUDIO G2 is optimal for any workspace - from the office to the factory floor. Its fully enclosed build envelope boasts a generous build volume of 1000 x 500 x 500 (mm) and maintains a controlled environment to ensure optimal conditions for advanced materials. With its high-flow dual extruder equipped with tool-steel nozzles, the G2 produces geometrically complex parts with ASA, ABS, and abrasive materials like carbon-fiber reinforced plastic quickly and reliably.

The printers come equipped with BigRep’s proprietary BLADE slicer software, which provides accurate printing time and material use calculations for optimized productivity.

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BigRep Ships its 500th Large-Format 3D Printer!

"Signed, sealed and delivered!"

Over at BigRep we're passing milestones and celebrating the 500th delivery of our large-format 3D printers - making BigRep one of the world's most trusted and successful AM manufacturers!

It's just the latest news in an exciting string of BigRep product and service launches, like the opening of a new 3D printing service in Boston - BigRep 3D PARTLAB - to expand North American customer benefits by offering 3D printed parts on demand, the recent premiere of a new printer - the STUDIO G2 - and the introduction of four new engineering-grade filaments - PA6/66, PET-CF, PLX, and
BVOH.

Boost your Production with NOWLAB

For many customers across industries, BigRep’s large-format AM solutions are the preferred choice. In automotive, major global players such as Ford Motor Company and Volvo Car Corporation rely on BigRep systems for prototyping, tooling, and other applications. In aerospace, AIRBUS SAS and Etihad Engineering are using BigRep’s 3D printers for a variety of applications. Other renowned customers include Bosch Rexroth AG and manufacturing companies such as JC Steele & Sons Inc. in the U.S.

“This delivery is more than just a figure, it shows how much industrial customers value our products and the production freedom they create. We greatly appreciate this trust and will continue utilizing the full potential of AM applications to the benefit of our customers, new and old,” says Martain Back, BigRep's Managing Director. “Delivering consistently high quality, fast, precise, and cost-efficient products, is unthinkable without BigRep’s dedicated employees, as well as the commitment of our investors and partners, whom we’d like to thank with gratitude.”

The 500th delivered system is a BigRep ONE acquired by e-mobility tech-company JAMADE GERMANY, which just recently launched their underwater scooter, AMAZEA, the world’s first water sports mobility device scheduled to use serial produced AM parts at the consumer level, being 75% comprised of custom 3D-printed features.

“We are very excited about this delivery because it represents a new dimension of industrial AM in endconsumer products, both for us as a company and the industry. The new BigRep ONE will enable us to launch the serial production of AMAZEA as planned, completing our existing fleet of four BigRep ONE printers,” says JAMADE Managing Partner and Technical Director, Detlef Klages. “We greatly value the printers’ cost efficiency, accuracy and quality when compared to the extremely high investment for traditional tools.”

The BigRep ONE is among the three German-engineered AM systems manufactured by BigRep, which also include the recently introduced STUDIO G2 and BigRep PRO – the company’s next-generation 3D printers. The PRO includes BigRep’s proprietary Metering Extruder Technology (MXT®) and is equipped with a state-of-the-art Bosch Rexroth CNC motion control system to combine speed and precision for a truly industrial additive manufacturing solution with IoT connectivity to fully integrate with Industry 4.0. In addition, BigRep, in partnership with BASF, provides engineering-grade materials to take full advantage of their 3D printers’ potential.

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Here at BigRep we're proud of these important milestones we're passing, and of the continued trust from our industrial partners who innovate their manufacturing with our systems. We're looking forward to continue working towards our goal to provide industrial manufacturers anywhere in the world with the tools they need to make production faster, more innovative, and more affordable.

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 additional information, please contact:
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]

Digital Solutions Empowering Production: BigRep Showcases Industrial AM’s Powerful Applications at Formnext 2019

Berlin/Frankfurt am Main, 19 November 2019 - BigRep, the global leader in large-scale 3D printing and additive solutions, today at formnext, the world's leading exhibition for additive manufacturing, unveiled a fully 3D printed, autonomous electric podcar, LOCI. The groundbreaking design prototype presented is an exciting showcase for a whole range of industrial applications in Additive Manufacturing (AM) today – from rapid prototyping and design to functional end-use transportation created by large-format 3D printers with engineering-grade materials.

LOCI: The 3D-printed evolution of personalized, sustainable mobility

Taking center stage at formnext, the LOCI prototype is a fully 3D printed autonomous electric podcar, specifically designed as a “last mile transportation solution” in urban environments: airport and train station departures, daily work commutes, campus transport, and local deliveries. LOCI has been envisioned and designed by NOWLAB, the innovation consultancy at BigRep.

“LOCI is more than a vehicle, it’s the evolution of personalized mobility,” said NOWLAB co-founder and BigRep CIO Daniel Buening. “LOCI is an affordable solution for urban transportation, harnessing the agility of AM while also demonstrating the cost-efficient advantages of 3D printing for sustainable AM such as manufacturing personalized products on-site and on-demand.”

Thanks to the flexibility of Additive Manufacturing, unique prototypes or small batches of LOCI can be locally produced on demand without added costs, supplier dependence or long lead times. This eliminates the need for large warehouses and remote production facilities while simplifying logistics and reducing transport. All of this leads to a more sustainable AM production process. Production volumes can be easily upscaled with a fleet of BigRep printers.

Developed using parametric modeling, LOCI utilizes the full potential of AM and its limitless flexibility. The podcar’s design can be easily customized for a given location or application; adjusting handling purpose, materials, structural properties, special tires for different terrains, custom branding, and integrated solar power.

BigRep at Formnext 2019

In fact, the formnext showcase captures three different LOCI iterations: The Berlin LOCI model presented is a single-person campus commuter with a sleek design, touch screen media display, surround sound audio, wireless phone/device charging, integrated LED lighting, TPU airless tires, and embedded BigRep Part DNA technology. The San Francisco LOCI is a render concept version for urban commuting. Its narrow body can maneuver in traffic, a single right-side door lifts up to cover exiting passengers from rain, and it has two passenger seats. Finally, the Dubai LOCI is a render concept version for airport transportation with a high-end luxury feel, solar panels, space for luggage, and rugged tires for desert weather.

LOCI’s BigRep Part DNA™ technology is based on NFC chips embedded into the 3D printed parts. This chip can be scanned using a mobile device to identify the part. In the future it can be additionally integrated with sensors to monitor part status and provide maintenance or replacement information – simply scan the part and print a replacement.

Built with just 14 unique parts, LOCI measures 85cm x 146cm x 285cm, with the largest part measuring 1000 x 600 x 700 mm. All parts were printed with a BigRep PRO, BigRep Studio G2, or BigRep ONE additive system. The pod showcases the possibilities of 3D printing and engineering-grade filaments for industrial manufacturing: The body was printed with BigRep’s PRO HT, for the airless tires designers opted for TPU, the bumpers were created with PLX, and beams and joints with PA6/66.

Industrial 3D-printed prototypes: Making manufacturing more efficient

In addition to LOCI, BigRep will also present a set of fully 3D-printed prototypes for industrial applications, developed by NOWLAB in cooperation with its industry partners and presenting cost- and time-efficient innovations for Industry 4.0 manufacturing.

The factory of the future requires great flexibility to manufacture customized products and small batches. The NEXT AGV (autonomous guided vehicle), an autonomous transport system, developed by BigRep and Bosch Rexroth, are integral to agile, smart production. Contrary to traditional sheet metal molding, the 3D printed Next AGV is manufactured much more efficiently. The base framework of core elements (battery and electronics)  are enclosed in a 3D-printed shell that can be easily adapted for flexible industrial applications. Powered by an inductive energy unit running on a power grid, the NEXT AGV can serve as an automated logistics carrier with a load capacity of up to 250 kg. Tools and additional devices such as robots can be mounted onto the platform.

Other key elements of the NEXT AGV are special 3D-printed wheels with two different materials, allowing the platform to perform sideways movements, and an integrated safety feature (Human Detection Antenna), which has also been 3D-printed.

Another BigRep prototype is the AIRBUS Investment Shipping Case, a fully 3D-printed solution for delicate equipment transportation. High-quality cases must be certified to transport sensitive equipment, such as aerospace imaging cameras, when they break down or otherwise require maintenance. Traditionally, these are individually manufactured by hand at only a few sites around the world, making their availability and delivery an issue threatening quality and workflow: As a result, wait lists for the containers often exceed two years. BigRep created their solution by designing a template that uses a data-driven process to quickly generate the final, unique design of each container on demand. The cases take advantage of the versatile, dynamic qualities of BigRep’s TPU filament, an engineering- grade material that is firm when printed in a thick wall but soft and flexible in thinner compositions – making it highly shock-absorbent. It also enabled a design that can be manufactured as a single piece in an automated process. As a result, the full design and manufacturing process can be reduced to just 60 hours, greatly optimizing the supply chain.

Saving costs: Retrofitted airline seat becomes 3D-printed high-tech comfort

A game-changing prototype presented is BigRep’s Retro Seat, an original airline seat frame that has been refurbished with AM at NOWLAB and developed in collaboration with Dassault Systèmes, using their 3DEXPERIENCE platform and the industry solution experience “Passenger Experience.” The Retro Seat is 50 percent lighter than a traditional airline seat, creating huge benefits for sustainable aircraft engineering and operational costs. The prototype has a fully integrated design, i.e. any bearings or desired electronics, such as inductive charging for wireless smart phone charging, can be integrated during the printing process. The back of the seat’s headrest is equipped with both a “Bring your own device” outlet for tablets or other devices and multiple USB ports for passenger convenience. Additionally, the seat offers embedded blue LED light panels for setting the right mood during night flights and the arm rest is equipped with a smart cabinet solution to safely store laptops during take off and landing.

For more information on BigRep’s debut of new products and technologies, please visit its formnext booth (hall 12.1 / C121, Nov. 19-22)

LOCI at a glance

Technical Specs:

  • Overall Dimensions: 85cm x 146cm x 285cm
  • Number of parts: 14 main parts with additional inserts
  • Largest part: 1000 x 600 x 700 mm
  • Printed with BigRep PRO, BigRep Studio G2, BigRep ONE

Print Materials: Body: PRO HT / Tires: TPU / Bumpers: PLX / Beams and Joints: PA6/66

Additional Features:

  • Electric power / Touch screen media display
  • Surround sound audio / Wireless phone/device charging / LED lighting / TPU airless tires
  • BigRep Part DNA™ technology

Team Credits:

Co-Founder NOWLAB, BigRep CIO: Daniel Buening
Lead Designer: Marco Mattia Cristofori
Design Team: Mirek Claßen, Lindsay Lawson, Tobias Storz, Angelo Vannicola, Marco Backenhaus
Marketing and Creative: Amir Fattal
San Francisco and Dubai Concept Design: Marco Traverso

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 additional information, please contact:
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 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.

For additional information, please contact:
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]

Global Additive Applications Summit (GAAS) 2019

The 2019 Global Additive Applications Summit, held in Berlin and organized by RedCabin Events, was the first of a new interactive additive conference with a unique focus on applications and adoption. This first holding of the annual event featured a variety of industry leaders with impressive new additive applications – both conceptual and immediately adoptable.

“RedCabin did an amazing job organizing the event. Their unique, highly interactive conference style focused on networking and hands-on workshops was much more impactful than traditionally organized conferences,” BigRep’s CIO, Daniel Büning lauded. “In a way, their agenda mirrored the additive advancements that were presented, which promise so be so much more impactful if they can break away from simply filling in for traditional workflows.”

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Presentations addressed recent advancements in additive technology that have helped to realize previously developed concepts and presented brand-new contemporary applications that will continue additive’s upward trend of industrial adoption. Overall speakers confirmed that there is increasingly incredible, immediately applicable, value from additive technology left unapplied by many would-be industrial users.

Siemens’ Ulli Klenk discussed additive’s growing roll in the energy sector, specifically in the form of gas turbines. Siemens has managed to design a gas turbine for power generation that is fully 3D printable using metal additive systems. A now proven end-use application in a highly demanding industrial process, the use case is demonstrative of the incredible adaptability of additive technology. The application also takes advantage of additive’s ability to leverage local manufacturing for cost savings; by enabling in-house part production on demand, Siemens eliminates the need for spare part storage.


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From Ottobock, Thomas Stitz presented functional 3D printed orthotics. With exoskeleton designs, Ottobock has developed personal mobility orthotics that successfully enable disabled persons to walk. Additive manufacturing is an integral part of the process, leveraging body scanning and 3D printing to create the orthotics with perfect fit – an integral quality for long-term orthotics.

Representing Deutsche Bahn, Stefanie Brickwede, Managing Director of Mobility Goes Additive, discussed the use of additively manufactured end-use spare parts in Deutsche Bahn trains. The application here has seen massive savings in storage and the acquisition of parts that are no longer manufactured in traditional processes. To bring this application to the next level, Brickwede discussed ongoing development efforts of flame-retardant polymer materials that would enable Deutsche Bahn and other public transportation companies to meet the legal standards required to affordably print spare parts that come into passenger contact.

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Developing technology to test the feasibility of all these applications is Dr. Sven Lammers, head of Dassault Systems’ 3DEXPERIENCE Center in Hamburg, and Jörg Schnorr, Senior Project Manager of Automotive 3D Printing for BASF. The technology demonstrated by Dr. Lammers is an advanced additive simulation software designed to improve print validation, the generative design process, and end-use part integrity in their given applications. BASF and Shnorr’s similar technology focuses specifically on the simulation and validation of parts in an automotive context.

“We learned a lot about what it will still take to meet the challenge of serial industrial production in large quantity with additive technology,” said Martin Back, BigRep’s Managing Director. He added that “change management” endeavors aimed at seeing additive technology taught and adopted for radical innovation instead of gradual adoption – that only mimics traditional applications and workflows – is necessary for 3D printing technology to reach its true potential and increase its rate of adoption. “Copying non additive parts and printing them with AM doesn’t make sense,” Back said. “We need redesign for additive manufacturing, and conferences like GAAS are vital to guide industrial users in that change.”

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 additional information, please contact:
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]

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