Development of this huge additive manufacturing system goes back to September 2017, when CEAD began collecting market input and looking for a launch customer for the 3D printer. That customer has since been confirmed as Poly Products B.V., a company that makes composite products for the maritime industry.
Able to process standard granule plastics and engineering plastics, including PP, PET, ABS, PLA, and PEEK, the new CEAD 3D printer can incorporate carbon fibers into a print while using an internal heating mechanism to prevent warpage. This mechanism can also cool a print down.
According to CEAD, the company’s first CFAM 3D printer has a build volume of 4 x 2 x 1.5 meters, making it suitable for industrial applications like yacht and shipbuilding. The printer also has a high-temperature granule and a high output extruder capable of printing and extruding at a rate of at least 15 kg/hr.
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