German RepRap

German RepRap (2)

Use of the X1000 3D printer from German RepRap has enabled TAKATA PlasTec GmbH to now considerably reduce development costs and time for prototype production. The samples have to be made quickly and inexpensively so that the customer can then use them for concept examinations. These are used to create equipment and supports for production simply and quickly. “The costs for the external value added are reduced and it is now possible to create parts which were previously unjustifiable due to the prohibitively high costs involved,” reports Kevin Rogers, manager of Application Engineering at TAKATA PlasTec GmbH.

The particular challenge when printing large components is the optimum print preparation. Run times can be kept to a minimum here by the skillful arrangement and positioning of the parts in the build envelope in order to thus improve the quality of the print result. “The X1000 is the first printer that is optimized for industrial use and covers the dimensions required for TAKATA components. Our many years of experience in the field of 3D printing has certainly helped here and we are pleased that TAKATA has chosen our X1000,” explains Florian Bautz, CEO of German RepRap GmbH.

TAKATA PlasTec GmbH is a development and series supplier for interior and exterior plastic systems in the automotive sector and serves customers like Daimler AG, SCANIA, DAF. This includes door panels, interior and exterior trims  for trucks or plastic housing sections for consumer electrical equipment. Thanks to the 3D printer, sample parts can be created during development in order to implement installation trials or concept tests in-house or at the customer.

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German RepRap, a European 3D printer manufacturer, announced the launch of the new X350 3D printer.

A highlight of this device is the integrated web interface that allows the operation via WLAN or LAN through a standard web browser.

The X350 provides excellent 3D printing with the easy to use all-in-one software Simplify3D and pre-defined printing profiles. The 3-point mounted print bed allows a tool-free calibration that reduces the setup time down to a few minutes.

German RepRap managing director Florian Bautz explains the strategy behind the new development: “The X350 closes the gap between the NEO and the X400. It offers the best usage of the print area due to the rectangular print bed.” It also abides by the premise of a high-quality product “Made in Germany”: The X350 is being fully assembled in Germany and based on a robust metal frame to satisfy the requirements of commercial users.

The German RepRap X350 made its debut in public at Rapid 2015, which took place at Long Beach Convention Center this week.

Technical details:

Print volume
350 x 200 x 210 mm / 13,8 x 7,9 x 8,3 inches

Layer thickness

minimum 0.02 mm

Print speed
10 – 150 mm/s

Travel speed
10 – 300 mm/s

Print bed
3 Point, heated

PLA, ABS, PS, PVA, PP, Laybrick, Laywood, etc.

Outer dimensions / weight
600 x 444 x 517 mm / 23,6 x 17,5 x 20,4 inches/ 28 kg

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