While at the Rapid Show in Long Beach yesterday, we bumped into our friends at Type A Machines and were impressed with their new Print Pod System. This low cost additive manufacturing solution is comprised of up to six Series 1 Pro 3D printers, which are controlled from single screen. By linking a series of FDM printers together into a single unit, Type A Machines aims at making Additive Manufacturing faster and more affordable than injection molding in the sub 10 000 unit parts range.
“This will affect anyone in the plastics market working to improve supply chains, launching product, or providing customized goods,” said Espen Sivertsen, CEO of Type A Machines speaking at the RAPID 3D printing conference in Long Beach, California, “We’re effectively bridging a $300B gap between prototyping and manufacturing, making it faster, cheaper and less risky to go to market.”
Type A Machines’ Print Pod comes with support services, operator training and certification, an accessible OS, workflow software, maintenance kits, and one or more hardware “Pods” comprised of six Series 1 Pro 3D printers. The Print Pod Control Center is an advanced management and monitoring system allowing a single operator to remotely monitor and control up to 60 printers simultaneously. A single Print Pod can print thousands of parts a week and is competitive with existing manufacturing techniques in the 1000 and 10 000 part volumes. With six printers each with a cubic foot of build volume, larger parts can be produced more rapidly, while each platform can produce several parts at once, giving you highly flexible production scheduling and output, and enabling businesses to respond to demand ebb and flow more efficiently.
As the 3D Printing industry continues to grow and machines increase their manufacturing capabilities, the advent of products such as Type A Machines' Print Pod show the promise of mass production for the consumer and the dawn of a new industrial revolution.