Even though industrial 3D printing gaining some traction in the past few years, there is still an adoption gap. There are many reasons for this, but chief among them, at least among the firms that may feel they seek to benefit from it, is a lack of familiarity. To curb this factor, JuggerBot and Royal DSM have announced a trial program to let companies test out both their technologies. As a result, companies can print out their products using engineering-grade materials from DSM on a JuggerBot 3D printer.
“While adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) in production environments is increasing rapidly, many companies continue to face challenges as they work to adopt the technology,” said Jill Cohen, Global Marketing & Sales Director Additive Manufacturing at DSM.
To participate in the trial, companies have to put in a deposit and cover the expenses for materials. The early customers for the trial program are largely design companies and printing service providers. They appear to largely be from transportation, consumer appliance and medical device firms. As part of the trial, JuggerBot 3D and DSM will both be on-call providing support.
Promoting Industrial Printing
“For additive manufacturing to make it into mainstream production, it requires industrial-grade printers that can process engineered materials in a reliable and consistent way,” said Daniel Fernback, CEO of JuggerBot 3D. “JuggerBot 3D has focused the design of their systems to be uniquely capable of processing a wide variety of high performance, engineered materials – like DSM’s line of thermoplastics for additive manufacturing.”
JuggerBot 3D is bringing in their own standalone system for the trial period. The printer operates with a wide range of materials, most importantly DSM’s own thermoplastics. The software has material profiles pre-implemented for maximum efficiency. The device also features JuggerBot 3D’s Interdependent Drive System, using push and pull filament extrusion forces giving it added flexibility.
Currently, the program is severely local and only US companies can apply (via JuggerBot 3D’s website). Using the trial program, these companies can expand their expertise into industrial printing and materials. It’s a great promotion for both companies, helping to get their names out there. The trial program also has the distinct benefit that it will promote the specific usage of DSM and Juggerbot’s services. After all, if these are the machines and materials they become familiar with, companies may stick with them. This seems to be a winning strategy for Royal DSM, who have led a similar program with Fortify.
Featured image courtesy of JuggerBot 3D.