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Massivit 10000-G 3D printer shown in North America for first time

Large format 3D printer provider Massivit 3D has unveiled its Massivit 10000-G for the first time at RAPID + TCT 2023 and provided live 3D printing demonstrations for visitors. 

The Massivit 10000-G is a new addition to Massivit’s Cast In Motion product line, which aims to automate the production of molds for composite materials manufacturing and provide a range of large-scale custom manufacturing applications. The system is designed to address common bottlenecks in mold production and streamline the manufacturing process. Previously, the manufacturer had unveiled the 10000-G at Formnext 2022.

Erez Zimerman, CEO of Massivit, said, “As the leading provider of large-scale additive systems, we’re thrilled to offer the North American additive manufacturing sector this opportunity to experience the new game-changing 10000-G in action. Following the launch last year of our award-winning 10000 additive system, we’ve now developed the capability to directly print industrial molds for composites and to also create complex custom end parts all in one system – a true milestone for the manufacturing market.”

Massivit 10000-G 3D printer. Image via Massivit 3D.
Massivit 10000-G 3D printer. Image via Massivit 3D.

Digital Tooling for Composite Materials

The Massivit 10000-G is capable of digitally producing intricate molds, mandrels, master tools, jigs, and fixtures for composite materials production. Compared to conventional methods, the 10000-G can directly cast industrial molds up to 80% faster and offers a range of digital tooling processes including molding for thermoforming, resin transfer molding, and reaction injection molding, says the manufacturer.

The epoxy-based casting material used by Massivit offers a high level of performance and provides uniform strength and hardness in all directions, even at high temperatures. This is in contrast to other additive tooling technologies available in the market. Traditional molding processes for composites have relied on steel or aluminum, which can be expensive, have long lead times, and result in significant material waste.

The Massivit 10000-G is equipped with Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) capabilities, which enables it to offer a diverse range of additive manufacturing and custom composite manufacturing applications.

Massivit’s Gel Dispensing Printing Technology

Massivit’s GDP technology is a proprietary 3D printing technology that allows for the high-speed and precise production of large, lightweight, and hollow 3D printed objects. The technology operates by dispensing a photopolymer gel material from a print head onto a build platform, which is then solidified using UV light to form a solid 3D object.

The GDP technology has been widely adopted across 40 countries and is capable of rapidly producing full-scale end parts and functional prototypes suitable for use in various industries such as automotive, marine, railway, and engineering. With the addition of GDP capabilities to the 10000-G system, it is now possible to produce parts that have flame-retardant, impact-resistant, high-definition, or transparent properties, claims Massivit.

Zimerman added, “At Massivit, our objective is to automate areas of industrial production that have traditionally required time-consuming and costly skilled manual intervention. Composite manufacturing is one such area, and we have the ability through our 10000-G machine to truly disrupt the future production of composite parts and components.”

Custom 3D printed marine parts by Velum Nautica. Image via Massivit 3D.
Custom 3D printed marine parts by Velum Nautica. Image via Massivit 3D.

Technical specifications and pricing

Print ConfigurationCIM technology: 1 printing head and 1 casting head
Thermally-controlled print chamber up to 60°C. Removable & interchangeable print tray. Printed shell layer thickness ranges from 0.5 mm-1.3 mm
Print VolumeW x L x H: 1.42 x 1.11 x 1.5 m / 4’8” x 3’8” x 4’11”
Maximum Object Weight300kg /660 lbs
Motion SystemLinear motors for X/Y print head and servo motors for print tray (Z) height
MaterialsCIM 500 casting material and Dimengel water-breakable material
Workflow and SoftwareSoftware on the machine: proprietary front-end software. Input format: STL. Smart Slicer (CAD SW not included)
System DimensionsW x L x H: 3.1 x 2.2 x 3.1 m / 10’2” x 7’3” x 10’2”
CMS DimensionsW x L x H: 1.3 x 1.3 x 1.7 m / 4’3” x 4’3” x 5’7”
System WeightUnpacked ~3500 kg / 7716 lbs. Packed ~4000 kg / 8818 lbs. CMS Unpacked ~621 kg / 1369 System Weight lbs. Packed ~687 kg / 1514 lbs

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Featured image shows Massivit 10000-G 3D printer. Image via Massivit 3D.