BCN3D, a Barcelona-based manufacturer of FMD 3D printers with IDEX technology, announced Epsilon, a professional desktop large-format additive system.
The Epsilon printer is equipped with the heated build chamber, and able to work not only with standard polymers but with engineering plastic as well, including materials with composite fibers. The Epsilon, like other BCN3D machines, has IDEX technology – dual extruders independently traveling along the X-axis. IDEX allows printing two identical products simultaneously. At the same time, the company presents BCN3D Cloud, a cloud-based platform that allows to remotely access the equipment from anywhere.
The Epsilon has a build area of 420х300х400mm with a depth layer of 50 microns, depending on the nozzle size. 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1 mm nozzles are available, including a special wearproof 0.6 mm nozzle for high-abrasive filaments. The positioning accuracy is 1.25 microns along all the three axes.
The printer uses optimized E3D hot ends with a maximum operating temperature of 300ºС and powerful BondTech dual drive gears. The temperature inside the heated build chamber is maintained under 60ºС and the silicone bed heats up to 120ºС. The noise level is within 49 decibels.
When it comes to expendable materials, BCN3D has reached cooperation agreements with BASF and Mitsubishi Chemical, with an aim for cooperative development and production of new filaments that are fully compatible with Epsilon. The partners will offer a range of engineering plastics that meet the increasing production demands in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing of functional parts, especially in the car industry. BMW, Nissan, SEAT, and Renault have already expressed interest in the new 3D printers.
At this moment, available 2.85 mm filaments are based on PLA (water-soluble polyvinyl alcohol), TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), ABS (polypropylene and polyamide). There are also two composite materials recommended to work with 0.6 mm durable nozzle: PP GF30 (glass-filled polypropylene) and PAHT CF15 (heat resistant carbon-filled polyamide). It stands to mention, that there are no restrictions for third-party materials.
Since its establishment in 2012, the company has sold about six thousand constantly improved 3D printers, such as Sigma and Sigma. BCN3D team regularly shares its best practices for free. Expansion of the model range and production was possible thanks to investments amounting to almost 3 million dollars. This spring, BCN3D held a massive investment event, and then officially left the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. At this moment, BCN3D functions as independent enterprise.
“BCN3D started to develop some of the features of BCN3D Epsilon even before the spin-off last March. At that time, we were able to expand the engineering team and invest more resources. That was the starter pistol that signaled the official launch of the projects, even though many things had already been approved and designed. BCN3D was designed as a desktop printer manufacturer and will stay there, no doubt. However, the desktop market has a lot of players and there is more competition than ever before. In addition, the entire market has matured and now it expects more from 3D printing than what it did just a few years ago. BCN3D Epsilon is a productive printer, thanks to its capacity to process large volumes and its IDEX technology. Its 5” touch screen and cloud connection features make it easy to use. It is versatile and is compatible with a large range of hotends and materials. And it is safe because it comes equipped with industrial-grade HEPA and carbon filters and an emergency stop feature”, says Eric Pallarés, CTO of BCN3D.
“Epsilon represents a new phase for desktop 3D printing, one that will take it to more industrial settings. We are facilitating the use of industrial materials such as ABS, polypropylene and polyamide. Up until now, affordable printers could not offer any guarantees when working with these materials. We are also introducing materials with composite fibers because the characteristics of this new printer make it possible to do so”, explains Xavier Martínez Faneca, CEO of BCN3D.
The Epsilon will be presented at Formnext-2019, Frankfurt, on November 19-22.