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Industrial 3D printer: More freedom in development and production

GEWO 3D, the additive manufacturing specialists from GEWO Feinmechanik GmbH from Hörlkofen near Munich, presented an industrial 3D printer for high-performance plastics using the FFF process (fused filament fabrication or layering process) at Formnext in Frankfurt.

A trade fair novelty was the GEWO Performer 260, an industrial 3D printer especially for high-performance rapid prototyping, manufacturing and tooling in the automotive industry and racing, aerospace, mechanical engineering, medical technology and research.

"With the GEWO Performer 260, GEWO 3D provides one of the fastest, most complete and future-proof industrial printers available on the market today for additive manufacturing with PEEK, PPSU and PEI", says Martin Stangl, Manager Marketing / Sales and explains: "The GEWO Performer 260 combines performance-optimized functionalities with the best technical components in industrial standards." Martin Stangl continues: "We have developed the Performer for manufacturers and suppliers who want to significantly increase their productivity, quality and competitiveness and secure them in the long term."

Versatile industrial 3D printer

The GEWO Performer 260 offers great material flexibility and scalability for hardware and software updates. Customers can follow the material recommendations and order their polymers from GEWO as well as from a filament supplier of their choice. The Performer 260 can be quickly retrofitted at any time in the event of updates. With the development competence, in-house production depth and high service and support quality, the performer should always remain up-to-date and the backbone of additive manufacturing.

Seven important functions

Martin Stangl emphasizes the functional features: “The GEWO Performer 260 has seven central advantages that considerably increase the scope of our customers in development and production. Our customers have all the freedom they want, no matter what material or what print adjustments are necessary today and tomorrow. "

High reproducibility: 46 sensors constantly monitor and adjust the printing process and the filaments, which is why the 3D printer adheres to very tight dimensional and tolerance specifications. This is ensured, among other things, by fast, precise ball screws, guides and servomotors, automatic bed leveling, the vacuum pressure bed and software control.

Up to ten times the printing speed: Compared to competitors' printers and the entry-level model GEWO HTP 260, the GEWO Performer 260 with new technology and printing strategy should achieve accelerations of up to 6 m / s² and travel speeds of up to 300 mm / s or a material throughput of up to 0.5 kg / h: with the same Dimensional stability and surface quality are a great advantage for production.

High 3D printing temperatures - short preheating time: The GEWO Performer 260 with its new construction space heater reaches 260 ° C in approx. One hour. The maximum nozzle temperature is 500 ° C, and the heating capacity in the print bed is higher. This increases the mechanical resistance of the polymers in particular.

One of the largest FFF installation spaces: With the enlarged installation space in the format 450 x 450 x 350 mm, GEWO 3D meets the requirements of many customers from the automotive and aviation industries who manufacture larger prototypes, components and tools.

New printhead change system
The new printhead changing system is patent pending: tedious spool changing times are reduced to less than five seconds! While one type of material is still being printed, the next filament is being prepared in a "print head parking lot". If the spool is empty, the system automatically switches to the print head with the new material and continues printing: Annoying interruptions at the end of the material are a thing of the past. The GEWO Performer 260 is equipped with two or four print heads, which can also accelerate the printing of a component when operated together. In addition to the print heads, milling heads and special tools developed in-house can also be exchanged.

Multi-material printing without manufacturer connection: GEWO 3D recommends the high-performance polymers PEEK, ULTEM9085 and ULTEM 1010, as well as the engineering plastics ABS, ASA, PC, PA6, PA12 and the filled plastic PEEK-CF30 for higher component stability with carbon fiber components. Different materials can also be combined within a component, for example electrically conductive materials with non-conductive materials. The integrated filament drying removes moisture from the plastics and guarantees optimum processability, process reliability and product quality. The automated print head cleaning prevents material mixing and contamination of the component.

Control and construction in industrial quality: The Bosch Rexroth PLC guarantees precise and reliable control of the printing process, the documentation of all process parameters and the reproducibility of the results. The MTX CNC system developed by Bosch Rexroth digitizes the entire workflow.

Above: Industrial 3D printer GEWO Performer 260 with Bosch Rexroth industrial control and 15 "touch panel, housing size 2,150 x 1,600 x 2,000 mm.

Further information: https://www.gewo3d.com/

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