Injection Moulded Products (IMP)’s is located in the town of Bilzen, and the new printer runs on FDM (fused deposition modeling) technology which builds parts layer-by-layer from bottom up by heating and extruding thermoplastic filaments.
The process is commonly used for modeling and prototyping, and some production applications. FDM printers are suitable for strong and functional precision parts out of one piece.
The 3D printer has a maximum printing size of400 x 350 x 400 mm and prints in 10 different colours, using the UV-resistant ASA material and offers an aesthetic look.
IMP said having a 3D printer in-house ‘drastically’ reduces the development times of new products and supports sales efforts and stimulates innovation.
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