October 23, 2023
3D Systems announces that Icon Technologies Limited, a thermoforming and rotational molding company based in Winkler, Manitoba (Canada), has purchased an EXT 1270 Titan Pellet 3D printer. The company is known for providing custom thermoformed solutions to its OEM customers for various industrial applications including recreational vehicles, building products and HVAC systems.
With the addition of the EXT 1270 Titan Pellet 3D printer to its manufacturing floor, Icon believes they will produce large thermoforming molds with increased speed and lower costs, the company reports.
“The combination of build volume, industrial engineering, economical feedstocks, and the heated chamber along with materials that have been validated for thermoforming applications stand out above other large format printers,” says John Loewen, founder and CEO, Icon Technologies. “3D Systems’ EXT Titan Pellet 3D printer is the best solution to help us provide high-quality products to our customers.”
3D Systems’ EXT 1270 Titan Pellet system is an additive manufacturing solution designed to leverage low-cost thermoplastic pellet feedstocks. The system features print volumes up to 1270x1270x1829 mm (50x50x72 in) to print most large thermoforming tools, such as those required by Icon.
EXT Titan Pellet systems are compatible with a range of nozzle sizes enabling printing finer layers than other available systems. This allows thermoforming molds to be produced, in most cases, without the need for post-machining. When Icon requires a finer surface or tighter tolerance on specific molds they produce, the spindle tool head will enable them to achieve an accurate surface without moving the print to a separate CNC machine, the companies report.
EXT Titan Pellet 3D printers are helping manufacturers with the direct production of large thermoforming molds.
“As the first manufacturer in Canada to add an EXT 1270 Titan Pellet 3D printer to their manufacturing workflow, they are demonstrating their commitment to continuous innovation, while also paving the way for their customers to transform their businesses,” says Brad Mount, global director, business development—Titan, 3D Systems. “We take pride in our collaboration with Icon, both through the work of our Application Innovation Group which validates materials and print processes for Icon’s applications, as well as our global support network.”
3D Systems planned to showcase its large-format EXT Titan Pellet line of 3D printers at this week’s SPE Thermoforming Conference in Cleveland, OH, October 24-26. Attendees are invited to visit booth #217 to see examples of printed molds and formed parts, and to discuss their operations’ unique needs with the company’s experts.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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