In constant evolution since its launch in 2019, Third – a 3D printing service at the service of the industry – continues its development and equips itself with a machine dedicated to large-scale 3D printing by diversifying its activity
3D printing has often been associated with the manufacture of small parts, constrained by the size of the tray or tray of each machine. For several years, manufacturers in the sector have been innovating and offering larger part sizes. Third wanted to think big by opting for a Massivit 5000 that can print one-piece parts up to 1.80 m high.
Think big and in 3D printing!
At its creation, Massivit targeted the advertising and event markets, even if today the applications have largely developed on the industrial side (aeronautics, naval, transport ...).
The freedom of design combined with the speed of printing makes this new machine a major asset for the field of visual communication in the retail and events sector.
On the retail side, technology makes it possible to consider unique pieces or in small quantities to animate showcases, decline a marketing campaign by adapting to the different configurations of points of sale.
On the event side, major events, cultural or sports but also theme parks see in large format 3D printing a new opportunity to enrich the experience of their visitors.
Exclusive and innovative technology
The Massivit machine is based on exclusive Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) technology. It consists of depositing successive layers of photopolymer gel that hardens at the simultaneous passage of a UV light integrated into the print head. The speed of production is a major point of this innovation thanks to a powerful algorithm to optimize printing time and gel consumption.
A time saving all the more interesting in comparison to conventional thermoforming processes, which require the realization of a mold or a counterform.
Like all additive manufacturing technologies, weight optimization is an additional challenge. Only the necessary material is used. Some parts will therefore be hollow, others will play on different thicknesses, impacting the final weight of the part.
"Large format 3D printing is a topic that moves the lines for many sectors. Requests to Third have multiplied in recent months, justifying moving to this new phase of investment. We are delighted to be able to add a new dimension to our activity and be one of the few industrial players to have this machine on French territory,"says Maxime Mahe, CEO and co-founder of Third.
At the same time, Third has developed a network of partners for post-finishing steps requiring specific expertise such as painting with material effects, vinyl installation, metallization... It is also possible to print parts in translucent material allowing a backlight and play of lights.
An approach that the teams of the young company favor in the local economic fabric, in line with the development carried out over the last two years.
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