TRUMPF is set to present a new, patented solution that automatically changes substrate plates on the TruPrint 1000 3D printer. The company intends to unveil it at Formnext, the world’s leading trade show for additive manufacturing, which will be held in from November 19–22 in Frankfurt.
A function TRUMPF calls Multiplate prompts the system’s recoater to push the substrate plate into the overflow container at the end of the print run. The 3D printer then automatically goes to work on a new substrate plate. The system can immediately start the next print job without an operator having to open it and insert a new plate. This saves time, costs and resources. It also helps manufacturers avoid bottlenecks when job orders peak, because the machine can run overnight.
This solution is particularly well-suited for industries where orders tend to fluctuate greatly. One example is the dental sector, where employees often have to restart 3D printers in the middle of the night to meet delivery obligations. Many smaller dental labs lack the capacity for this, and have no choice but to decline orders. The Multiplate function solves that problem, helping them to avoid bottlenecks and remain competitive.
“With our solution, we are making a significant contribution to the industrialization of additive technologies in the dental industry,” said Florian Krist, product manager at TRUMPF Additive Manufacturing.
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