Massivit launch revolutionary 3D printer

Massivit launch revolutionary 3D printer

Massivit, the Israeli 3D printer specialists, have announced the official launch of their biggest machine, the giant Massivit 10000 3D printer. The company, which was founded in 2013, are leaders in producing large-format 3D printers which operate via a unique process called “GDP”, or “Gel Dispensing Printing”. As part of the GDP process, Massivit created a gel that includes photoinitiators, which cause the substance to solidify when exposed to UV light.

The extruder in the GDP process then deposits the gel within a chamber brilliantly lit with UV light, with the result that it instantly solidifies and the print can proceed upwards. One of the most striking parts of the Massivit design is that the polymer used in the process is not a thermoplastic as is most commonly used in 3D printing, but instead is a thermoset material that cannot be re-formed. Massivit’s latest Cast-in-Motion technology features a neat tweak on this material as they now use a soluble material rather than a thermoset material. This subtle change to the process means the prints produced can now be dissolved entirely.

What is the reasoning behind this? Massivit has decided to change their process as they are not printing the end-use part; instead they are printing a mold for the part. The machine then proceeds to fill the hollow interior of the print with a resin that subsequently hardens. In the final step of the process, the 3D printed mold is then dissolved to reveal the finished part. Massivit proudly boasts a variety of material resins for its Cast-In-Motion technology. The company claims that the technology has the capacity to revolutionize production for companies producing cast parts since it apparently reduces the number of workflow steps from 19 to only four! The company further claims that it should be possible to produce cast parts at a very good cost.

In a statement to announce the launch of their new technology, Massivit explained the benefits of their technology, saying “Massivit 3D’s Cast-In-Motion technology enables composites fabricators to shorten their tooling workflows from the traditional 19 steps down to 4 steps. It eliminates the need to produce an initial plug or master by directly printing and casting the mold using ultra-fast additive manufacturing combined with industrial-grade casting materials. This cutting edge process shortens tooling time by 80% and offers a myriad of business benefits including a reduction of manual labor, a 90% decrease in labor-associated costs, a reduction of associated inventory and transportation, and a significant decrease in waste of expensive materials.”

The other principal advantage of the Massivit process is that the 3D printing approach allows parts to have any conceivable geometry, a radically different outcome from traditional casting that has much more constraints.

Massivit outlined the advantages of the Massivit 10000, declaring:

“The Massivit 10000 brings to market the first 3D printed isotropic mold for composites manufacturing. As opposed to existing thermoplastic additive tooling systems, the Massivit 10000 utilizes high-performance thermoset-based materials to produce a single, uniform cast that results in a true isotropic mold. In addition, it provides molders with casting materials that have highly predictable mechanical and thermal properties, a low Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, and a high Heat Deflection Temperature.”

Almost exactly one year ago the company announced the Massivit 5000 device, which uses thermoset materials before flagging up their intention to unveil the Cast-In-Motion technology and the Massivit 10000 in late 2021. Massivit will give a demonstration of the machine to the public at an event in early May with customer shipments scheduled to begin in the second half of the year.

Massivit 10000 3D Printer