The BCN3D printer manufacturer has opened up new business expectations. After achieving the independence of the CIM Foundation of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia by obtaining financing for 2.7 million euros from the JME VC.
Accurafy4 and Victoria funds, the firm based in Castelldefels created in 2011 has begun to market a new printer Desktop 3D that opens up a new, fast-growing professional market. 80% of the firm’s sales are channeled abroad.
Epsilon , which is how the new printer has been baptized, allows the use of a greater number of materials in additive manufacturing.
It exceeds the typical simple plastics such as the ecological PLA or PET and goes on to use more flexible raw materials such as ABS, polyamides or carbon fiber. These last materials are the most adapted to the demands of industrial environments because they are more resistant.
The growth of the firm is difficult to foresee but obtaining financing is already a sign of confidence in BCN3D and a considerable leap towards its consolidation in international markets.
The universe of additive manufacturing, which is what manufacturing processes with 3D printers are called, is in luck.
The Barcelona company, which has increased its workforce from 40 to a hundred people in a year, had a turnover of 4.1 million euros (17% more) last year and faces its new stage with ambition.
Its product portfolio is made up of small format 3D printers but with specifications adapted to business use. From about 2,450 euros (the Sigma model),
Both small and medium-sized companies or design departments of large multinationals have the option of having a printer capable of producing prototypes of plastic parts to be reproduced in series later by traditional systems based on in industrial molds.
3D technology is also used to produce proprietary tools for production processes or assembly lines. It is also possible to make pieces in short runs for specific products. The new Epsilon machines open the possibility of integrating solid parts made of carbon, for example, in sophisticated products.
BASF and Mitsubishi Chemical provide filaments for industrial grade applications in the Epsilon range and the sourcing of functional and end-use parts in the manufacturing, engineering and product design markets.
The 3D technology is in fashion Additive manufacturing allows making products in a way that was not possible before, combining materials, inserting parts inside others explains Eric Pallarés, BCN3D’s engineering director. With a machine like those of BCN3D it is possible with a double head system to melt two wires of two materials in the same prototype.
This possibility (also contemplated in printers based on the use of powdered plastics) allows one of the components to be soluble and serve as support to develop floating designs (a ball within another ball), true internal watermarks and designs with almost no external limits. to the dictatorship of sequential layers. Having two heads with IDEX 3D printing technology also allows productivity to be doubled compared to conventional desktop 3D printers. BCN3D has sold about 6,000 printers so far.
The challenge now is, according to rethink the way of manufacturing, “integrate the processes of the 4.0 economy, people and designs, conceive workflows on the same platform”. In this creative process, BCN3D boasts of having achieved a “generalist tool for all types of companies for the development of new product concepts”.