Manufacturers are constantly seeking new ways to improve time-to-market, reduce costs and waste, empower creativity, and streamline supply chains. Essentium believes additive manufacturing (AM) can help achieve those goals as an alternative or complement to subtractive manufacturing methods on the factory floor. The key is maintaining scale equal to traditional processes to support mass production, and to do so affordably. The third part of this series will look at how the Essentium HSE 180 3D Printing Platform is different from other competing 3D printers with respect to scale and build volume—while maintaining affordability.

How the Essentium HSE 3D Printer is Different: Scale & Build Volume (With Affordability)

Legacy 3D printers and large FDM machines do not help factories scale because most are too slow, too small, or too expensive. The Essentium HSE 3D Printing Platform is an industrial-strength 3D printer designed to work side-by-side with traditional manufacturing equipment. It offers the size, speed, and capacity to operate at scale, making it possible to print quantities of jigs and fixtures used by workers on the assembly line, and volumes of end-use parts needed to drive mass production.
Built for Scale, Designed for Value

In terms of size, the HSE 3D Printing Platform is a large volume 3d printer at 690 x 500 x 600 mm (WxDxH), which is large enough to print more than 85% of all global jigs and fixtures. This gives it the versatility to print large, complex assembly tools in a single piece or print volumes of small end-use parts to keep pace with other aspects of production on the factory floor.

As mentioned in the Speed and Precision post and the Dependability and Reliability post, the Essentium HSE 3D Printer is five to 15 times faster than any other extrusion printer on the market, depositing up to 500 mm of filament per second with one-micron accuracy for the repeatability needed for production at scale. Additionally, its high speed extrusion technology provides equal or superior strength as injection molding, delivering the speed and end-use part durability equivalent to other manufacturing methods.

While there are 3D printers available with equal or larger build areas than the Essentium HSE 180 3D Printing Platform, no other manufacturer can match the price point at which Essentium offers the capacity to produce more than 85% of all global jigs and fixtures with one machine. The Essentium HSE 180 3D Printer is about one-third the cost of a competitive 3D printer with an equal build volume, significantly increasing ROI. Now picture a fleet of Essentium HSE 180 3D Printers working in unison to meet demand—with the capacity and agility to print needed quantities of whatever part or tool is required on demand—and it’s easy to see how the Essentium HSE Printing Platform is different.
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