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3D Print

Survival is key for businesses following the pandemic, and 3D print provides a new horizon for print-service-providers. Genevieve Lewis discovers if 3D print is a viable option

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A new horizon for PSPs in the form of 3D print

A new horizon

Print-service-providers had to diversify to survive during the pandemic –  creating screens, hand gel, personal protective equipment (PPE) and scrubs for frontline workers. But in doing so to survive themselves, PSPs helped the public, doctors and nurses to survive too.

But as the world begins to recuperate, businesses need to look to the future and how they can continue their own journey to recovery, and possibly even growth. A recent report from Supply Demand Market Research has predicted that the 3D print market will reach a value of $4.4bn (£29.7bn) by 2026. In 2019, the market was valued at $10.4bn (£7.47bn) so this means that now is the time to strike.

Over the last few years, 3D print has emerged as a viable option as numerous manufacturers have come along with innovative technology and solutions for this market. From a printer’s perspective, investing in 3D printing machinery can lead you down avenues such as: merchandise, spare parts for the automotive and industrial sectors and even architecture through scaled models.

One example is that of a company in Italy, which has turned to 3D print and HP in particular to continue its robotics production. Campetella Robotic Centre in the Macerata province specialises in the production and application of industrial robots and automation systems for plastic material injection moulding.

Campetella in Italy has turned to 3D printing and HP to help with the production of gripping hands


This example is a double positive of how companies can also diversify into helping the printing industry – Campetella invested in the HP Multi Jet Fusion 4200 3D printer to help produce custom gripping hands that can handle products such as labels.

Carlo Campetella, chairman of the company, explains: “Automation has changed over the years; today, it is about industrialising processes in shorter timescales. The advent of the 3D printer has been a major facilitator in opening up a world that, in my opinion, is only held back by imagination.

The advent of the 3D printer has been a major facilitator in opening up a world that, in my opinion, is only held back by imagination


“Flexible technology has changed the way in which we produce customised automated systems and made us think differently about how we approach new demands and prototypes.”

Campetella can produce mechanical parts and components quickly as well as helping to save on costs. Using the Multi Jet Fusion 4200, the Italian company has been able to reach its production goals and reduce the weight of the spindles produced by 50%. On top of this, 3D print has allowed Campetella to reduce the speed of production to market from eight to four weeks.

Latest Kit

Israel-based Massivit 3D has recently launched the industrial-grade Massivit 5000 large-scale 3D printer. Previously, machines were aimed at the print and sign markets, allowing firms to create 3D signs and models. Now, it has entered the market focused on manufacturing larger parts, which can provide a new avenue for those printers and sign-makers. This means that the 5000 can be used for large-scale manufacturing, prototyping and tooling for the automotive, marine and rail industries.
 
The 5000 is based on Massivit’s patented Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) technology. A new printing material, DIMENGEL 110, is now available with the 5000 and enables high-definition printing as well as offering a Dual Material System (DMS). The 5000 can print large, complex parts up to 145cm x 111cm x 180cm and instantly cures during the printing process.