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The history of 3D printing

Since the 1980 when the very first concept of 3D printing was introduced to the world as Rapid Prototyping, the technologies have expanded into multiple variations of the same process – additive manufacturing.

Back then, additive manufacturing was a new way of production, using only the amount of material needed and giving a large freedom in form and materials. It’s most common form is known as 3D printing with which we are all familiar with. And with the creation of the desktop 3D printer, 3D printing resonated with a large group of individuals, starting the 3D printing age we are in today.

3D printing has had a massive evolution over the last years, and still continues to do so. The constantly increasing number of 3D printing methods result in an expanding variety of 3D printer manufacturers and with it, new communities.

The communities in their turn tinker and push their machines to the limit, unveiling new ways to do things and giving back to the steady development of 3D printing.

This development and interaction has led to the creation of several methods to achieve additive manufacturing. Each taking a different take on the way a object can be 3D printed.

Professional use

Dental 3D printing

3D printing takes the efficiency of digital design to the production stage. By combining oral scanning, 3D design and printing, dental labs can accurately and rapidly produce crowns, bridges and a range of orthodontic appliances.

You can dramatically reduce fabrication times and increase your output. With a fully digital process, there is no need to store bulky, physical models. Store all your patients’ data digitally, for as long as you need, on your local drives or in the cloud.

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Engineering: parts & prototyping

3D Printing is largely integrated in the workflow of engineering & design companies since it adds significant value. It allows rapid prototyping, but can also produce printed parts which can be used in fully operational machinery. Leapfrog printers are the perfect choice for a professional, high-achieving environment.

They are build to last, by using durable materials and excellent mechanical design. The printers are heavy duty proof. High speed and large build volume are essential in this industry. Leapfrog printers not only facilitate the printing of small prototypes but also the printing of large parts.

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Retailers

For retailers there is a world of opportunities to gain from integrating desktop 3D printing in processes all throughout their business. While 3D printing has gained much attention from the fact that it can cut costs in manufacturing, retailers can strongly benefit from it using customer interaction.

Create an almost infinite amount of different complex shapes and feel free because of the endless array of possibilities 3D printing technique gives you. Many small businesses have already started to make 3D printed products, think about jewelry, accessories for phones and tablets, fashion items and kitchen appliances.

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Designers & artists

Traditional rules do not apply to 3D printing. An infinite number of complex shapes can be created; organic forms, nested shapes (printing an object in another object), fully aerodynamic shapes and forms that are very strong while requiring only little material.

At the moment the majority of desktop 3D printing is using plastic filament. The development in this area is on a roll and options are expanding fast. For example the use of filaments like laybrick, laywood or nylon can already add a very distinct character to a 3D print.

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Architects & planners

The great thing of 3D printing is that you are able to print complex shapes and highly detailed designs that will be too time consuming, or even impossible to model by hand. A 3D printer can be used to add elements to models like complex facades, detailed interiors and environmental elements like cars, trees and people.

To ensure a high quality 3D prints, it is essential to remember the simple design rules for 3D. When designing your models you need to take into account that your 3D print is made with closed surfaces and printable wall thickness. That being said, the possibilities are endless and a welcome addition to presentation techniques.

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Education

As 3D printing is changing our worlds, 3dsoftware is committing itself to provide the younger generation with knowledge and chances to use this new astonishing technique. Kids will learn to solve problems through physical prototyping in an early stage. Through trial and error their mindset will change as they will learn to embrace failure as a mean to improve designs quickly.

Schools will need affordable printers to be able to make this happen. Desktop 3D printers are relatively small, affordable and easy to use 3D printers that utilize cheap materials such as plastic. These printers are currently acting as a catalyst behind the rapid adaptation of 3D printing. For the first time schools now can afford to integrate 3D printers in the educational curriculum, and add value to creative processes.

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The educational package ‘classroom in a crate’ contains everything a school needs to start their 3D printing classes. At most universities teachers are already familiar with 3D printing and have implemented it in their curriculum. Elementary and high schools are discovering the benefits of 3D printing in their curriculum. To inform teachers and management, a comprehensive lesson plan is available.

Starting with the Creatr HS/HS XL or Xeed has never been so easy. The Education pack provides you with all the tools you need to get things going. The package comes with: a Creatr, Leapfrog® Lesson Plan, Print stickers, 30 Leapfrog USB drives, Creatr software, 4 rolls of Leapfrog PLA filament, 4 rolls of ABS filament, Creatr toolkit, installation and training and a dust cover. Online support is included.

Creatr HS

Precision

 

Layer height:

20 micron

 

Extruder / nozzle diam.:

0.35 mm

 

Heated bed temperature:

90 °C

Build

 

Body / Construction:

Extruded aluminum

 

Dimensions:

633 x 486 x 523 mm

(DxWxH)

Print sizes

 

Max build volume:

13.6 liter

 

Max print (single extruder):

280 x 270 x 180 mm

 

Max print (dual extruder):

280 x 240 x 180 mm

Creatr HS XL

Precision

 

Layer height:

20 micron

 

Extruder / nozzle diam.:

0.35 mm

 

Heated bed temperature:

90 °C

Build

 

Body / Construction:

Extruded aluminum

 

Dimensions:

633 x 486 x 930 mm

(DxWxH)

Print sizes

 

Max build volume:

43 liter

 

Max print (single extruder):

270 x 270 x 590 mm

 

Max print (dual extruder):

270 x 240 x 590 mm

Xeed

Precision

 

Layer height:

10 – 350 micron

 

Extruder / nozzle diam.:

0.35 mm

 

Heated bed temperature:

80 °C

 

Heated printing environment:

Up to 80° C

Build

 

Body / Construction:

Extruded aluminum

CNC milled aluminum parts

 

Dimensions:

580 x 900 x 640 mm

(DxWxH)

Print sizes

 

Max build volume:

14.2 liter

 

Max print (single extruder):

220 x 280 x 230 mm

 

Max print (dual extruder):

220 x 250 x 230 mm

Xcel

Precision

 

Layer height:

10 – 600 micron

 

Extruder / nozzle diam.:

1.2 mm

 

Heated bed temperature:

80 °C

 

Heated printing environment:

Up to 80° C

Build

 

Body / Construction:

High-end engineered construction

 

Dimensions:

935 x 1033 x 2775 mm

(DxWxH)

Print sizes

 

Max build volume:

647 liter

 

Max print (single extruder):

520 x 538 x 2320 mm

 

Max print (dual extruder):

520 x 510 x 2320 mm

Bolt

Precision

 

Layer height:

50 – 350 micron

 

Extruder / nozzle diam.:

0.35 mm

 

Heated bed temperature:

90 °C

Build

 

Body / Construction:

High-end aluminum frame

 

Dimensions:

723 x 831 x 801 mm

(DxWxH)

Print sizes

 

Max build volume:

21.6 liter

 

Max print (single extruder):

320 x 330 x 205 mm

 

Max print (dual extruder):

320 x 300 x 205 mm

Starter Value Pack

Starting with the Creatr HS/HS XL or Xeed is very inviting. The starter pack provides you with all the tools you will need to get things going. ABS, PLA, PVA filament (a total of 7 rolls), printing stickers, a very convenient toolkit and a custom made dust cover. Why not start today?

 

Educational Pack

Including 3D design and printing in your curriculum is the easiest thing. The Creatr HS/HS XL or Xeed Educational Pack provides you with all the tools you will need to get things going. The Leapfrog lesson plan, ABS, PLA filament (a total of 8 rolls), printing stickers, a very convenient toolkit and a custom made dust cover. Let’s print!

 

  • Creatr High Speed
  • Leapfrog® Lesson Plan
  • 3 packs of Print Stickers
  • 30 Leapfrog USB Sticks
  • Creatr Software powered by Materialise
  • 4 rolls of Leapfrog MAXX Essentials PLA
  • 4 rolls of Leapfrog MAXX Essentials ABS
  • Creatr toolkit
  • Live installation and training
  • Online support included in purchase price
  • Dust cover

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