• New ProX® 800 and ProX 950 systems will be used primarily for design and  functional prototypes and vacuum casting models, serving the company’s industrial customer base

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, November 19, 20183D Systems (NYSE: DDD), the originator of 3D printing, today announced that FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, a leading full service solution provider for additive manufacturing, has installed three ProX® 800 3D printers and one ProX 950 SLA 3D printer at its facilities in Lupburg, Germany. The new large-build systems will be used to serve FIT’s industrial customer base primarily comprised of companies in the automotive, special machinery, aerospace, consumer goods and healthcare industries.

“We consider 3D Systems SLA solutions to be the gold standard in 3D printing for precision, reliability, and material properties – critical factors to meet our customers’ high manufacturing standards,” said Carl Fruth, CEO, FIT. “These are complete solutions in every sense, from the 3D SprintTM file preparation and management software that comes bundled with the systems to the latest Accura® additive materials. For example, we are using the Accura ClearVueTM to produce transparent skull models that help surgeons prepare for cranial neurosurgery. Other applications include 3D printed automotive parts to test aerodynamics in wind tunnels; durable product prototypes for evaluating fit, form, and function; and precision master patterns for vacuum casting. The possibilities are literally endless!” 

3D Systems ProX 800 and 950 SLA 3D printers deliver high quality, high resolution parts with superior accuracy (+/-45 μm) and surface finish that compares with traditional mold manufacturing. 3D Systems engineers designed the Accura materials specifically for the ProX SLA print engines; they include polypropylene-like, durable, clear, castable, high-temperature, ceramic-filled composites and other advanced materials. Both ProX models feature expanded build sizes to enable the production of large parts like dashboards and QuickCast® investment casting patterns in a single piece. The ProX 800 features a build envelope of 650 x 750 x 550 mm (25.6 x 29.5 x 21.65 in) and the ProX 950 is even larger with 1500 x 750 x 550 mm (59 x 30 x 22 in).

Skull model produced by FIT using durable Accura ClearVue material on their ProX™ 800 SLA 3D printer
Skull model produced by FIT using durable Accura ClearVue™ material on their ProX™ 800 SLA 3D printer

“Our founder and CTO Chuck Hull invented the stereolithography (SLA) process more than 30 years ago; since then SLA has more than proven itself as the premiere additive manufacturing technology for automotive, dental, medical, entertainment, and other industries that demand durable parts with fine details and textured surfaces,” said Wayne Davey, general manager EMEA and India, 3D Systems. “Like 3D Systems, FIT Additive Manufacturing Group has a well-deserved reputation for design and manufacturing excellence and we are confident that the ease of use, quality output, and oversize build capacities of these ProX systems will make them a valuable addition to FIT’s in-house additive manufacturing capabilities.”

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About 3D Systems

3D Systems is the originator of 3D printing and an innovator of future 3D solutions. It has spent its 30-year history enabling professionals and companies to optimize their designs, transform their workflows, bring groundbreaking products to market and drive new business models. This is achieved with the Company’s best of breed digital manufacturing ecosystem. It’s comprised of plastic and metal 3D printers, print materials, on demand manufacturing services and end-to-end manufacturing software solutions. Combinations of these products and services address a variety of advanced applications- ranging from Aerospace, Automotive, and Consumer Goods to Medical, Dental, and Jewelry. For example, 3D Systems’ precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, Virtual Surgical Planning, and printing of medical and dental devices as well as patient-specific surgical instruments. More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.