Prodways Distributor Genistar Opens New Showroom

Prodways distributor Genistar is adding some finishing touches to its new 300-square-foot showroom where it is currently running a Prodways ProMaker L5000 3D printer. Genistar, whose sister company is Axis Prototypes, became the North American distributing arm for Prodways’ line of production-grade 3d printers and resins in June 2014. The showroom will allow Genistar to run printed parts through the unit as well as serve as a demonstration piece for prospective customers.

“The showroom will provide an opportunity for prospective buyers to get a first-hand look at a Prodways printer in action, not to mention the underlying technology that delivers unparalleled results in resolution, curing homogeneity, speed and printing efficiency,” says Genistar President Gilles Desharnais.

With a platform measuring 400 x 330 x 400 mm (16 x 13 x 16 in.), the featured unit can print parts with a layer thickness between 25 - 150 microns and cures at 365-nm UV wavelengths. Its native XY resolution – consistent across all ProMaker units – is 42 microns, which is ideal for printing fine detailed parts. The ProMaker “D” series allows for the printing of parts on a granite platform without the need for support material.

Prodways, a French subsidiary of the publicly-traded company Groupe George, became the first 3d printer manufacturer to employ moving DLP projector heads in its curing platform. Aptly named MovingLight®, this proprietary photopolymerization technology is centered on the principle of repeatability, which is inherent in traditional mass manufacturing processes. MovingLight® provides a repeatable curing mechanism to solidify objects across the X,Y,Z dimensions (surface area and depth) at any point on the platform, with the largest platform measuring 840 x 660 x 550 mm. (33 x 26 x 22 in.)  With that comes a repeatable native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels; in other words, every UV light projection emanated by its mobile projector delivers the same two million-plus pixels at any point on the platform.

“Whether you need to cure a tiny sliver of the layer at the far end of the platform or a full image at the center of it, every projection packs in the same 2 million pixels, ensuring consistent high resolution over the entire build area, something DLP printers with fixed projector heads cannot achieve,” adds Desharnais.

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