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Capable of printing metal and polymers interchangeably, the new machines are designed to enable both the mass-production of industrial 3D printed parts, and the production of large-scale parts, in a large variety of materials.
According to Triditive CEO Mariel Díaz, the firm’s new 3D printer series is capable of manufacturing complex parts, reducing time to market for parts, and most significantly, enable the printing of metal and polymer parts.
“Technology has to solve a problem, and to solve it we have to first know what the customer wants to solve,” she said. “[This technology] allows the development of digital warehouses and an automatic pricing engine to streamline procedures.”
Triditive’s Amcell technology
Triditive’s proprietary Amcell system is a large-format modular 3D printing cell designed for high-throughput automated production. The printer leverages advanced robotics and machine learning-based software algorithms to enable series 3D printing of metal and polymer parts.
The Amcell system is based on the company’s self-developed automated multi-material deposition (AMD) technology, which consists of a binder jetting module and several delta FDM modules for compatibility with metals, polymers, and fiber-reinforced composites.
In 2018, Triditive established a 3D printing center to provide high-capacity turnkey 3D printing services, named SCALADD, which housed several of its Amcell 3D printers. The aim of the center is to accelerate the adoption and production capacity of serial 3D printed metal parts. The SCALADD consortium later welcomed metal injection molding (MIM) equipment manufacturer Elnik Systems to provide the center with MIM debinding furnaces and tools.
Earlier this year, Triditive closed a $1.8 million seed funding round which it has plowed into further developing its Amcell system for automated series production.
The Amcell 8300 and 1400
According to Triditive, it is the only Spanish company whose machines can utilize metals and polymers interchangeably with automatic calibration. The company’s Amcell platform leverages a wide variety of materials, ranging from titanium to PVC.
The first new addition to Triditive’s Amcell 3D printer series is the Amcell 8300. The Amcell 8300 is described as an automated additive manufacturing cell, capable of mass-producing highly complex and precise end-use industrial parts.
Based on Triditive’s AMD 3D printing process, the machine has a printing area of 300 mm and a printing height of 350 mm. The printer is equipped with eight robots, although this number can be customized. Regarding materials, the Amcell 8300 is able to print a wide array of metal, composite and polymer materials, with Inconel and M4 soon to be added to its portfolio.
Thanks to Triditive’s advanced production control and remote monitoring software, EVAM, the Amcell 8300 is well-suited to mass production, able to produce up to 80 tons of metal per year and two tons of polymers. EVAM automatically calibrates each of the machine’s printheads before every printing job to ensure the quality of the final part, and simultaneously ejects printed parts into the machine’s storage module while loading a new platform to enable 24/7 production.
EVAM organizes and manages the Amcell 8300’s workflow to guarantee repeatability, traceability, and productivity, while enabling manufacturers to create and manage their own digital warehouses using the printer and scale their production on-demand. Manufacturers are also able to remotely control the machine to optimize production, and be provided with the prices of parts through EVAM’s quotation engine.
The second addition to Triditive’s Amcell 3D printer series is the Amcell 1400, designed as a viable 3D printing offering for manufacturing large, functional parts. Equipped with a build volume of 450 x 400 x 500 mm, the Amcell 1400 is a high-performance large volume industrial 3D printer that is built for continuous operation.
The Amcell 1400 leverages material extrusion (MEX) and metal material extrusion (MMEX) 3D printing technologies, where material is selectively dispensed through a nozzle to manufacture polymer, composite, and metal parts.
The machine is capable of producing extremely robust components for tough applications, and its heated build chamber of up to 150 degrees celsius unlocks the potential of technical materials. The Amcell 1400 is also operated on Triditive’s EVAM software, with manufacturers able to reap the benefits of automated process monitoring, feedstock control, and smart environmental control, among other processes.
With the Amcell 8300 and Amcell 1400 now available to order from Triditive, the technical specifications for both machines are as follows:
|Amcell 8300||Amcell 1400|
|AM technology||AMD||MEX, MMEX|
|Build rate||8 tons metal/year|
2 tons polymer/year
|Maximum printing height (mm)||350||500|
|Maximum printing area (mm)||300||450 x 400|
|Extruder system||Titanium||Titanium with magnetic suspension|
|Nozzle diameter (mm)||0.4-0.8||0.4-1.2|
|Manufacturing materials||Polymers: ABS, ASA, CPE, HIPS, IGLIDUR I150, PA, PC, PETG, PLA, PP, TPU, VINYL|
Composites: PA+ARAMIDE, PA+CF, PC+ABS, PC+PBT
Metals: SS 316, SS 17-4 PH, Inconel, Titanium
|Polymers: ABS, ASA, CPE, HIPS, IGLIDUR I150, PA, PC, PETG, PLA, PP, TPU, VINYL|
Composites: PA+ARAMIDE, PA+CF, PC+ABS, PC+PBT, CPE+CF
Metals: SS 316, SS 17-4 PH, Inconel, Titanium
|Minimum layer height (µm)||30||50|
|Number of robots||8 (customizable)||n/a|
|Build chamber||Heated with temp control, filter system||Heated with temp control, filter system|
|External and weight dimensions||3.4 x 2 x 2 m. Unladen weight: 1300 kg, loaded weight: 1700 kg||1.59 x 1.32 x 1.96 m. Weight: 350 kg|
|Platform change system||Automatic||Manual|
|Ejection system||STEP system||n/a|
|Build platform||Heated, up to 150°C||Heated, up to 150°C|
|Build platform material||Tempered glass (customizable)||Tempered glass (customizable)|
|Build platform calibration||Automatic||Automatic – contactless|
|Final parts storage||Automatic TRAC3D||Manual|
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Featured image shows Triditive’s Amcell 8300 3D printer. Photo via Triditive.