BCN3D designs and manufactures professional desktop 3D printers, the BCN3D Sigma, and the BCN3D Sigmax. Each machine has 47 plastic pieces manufactured using additive manufacturing at the BCN3D Print Farm. The Farm has 63 BCN3D 3D printers working 24/7 to supply the production demand.
To optimize the fabrication of these printed parts, BCN3D uses the IDEX technology, doubling printer production capacity compared to conventional desktop 3D printers.
IDEX stands for Independent Dual Extruder. Most dual extrusion desktop 3D printers have both toolheads in the same carriage. BCN3D printers, however, can control both toolheads independently thanks to IDEX. This technology allows working with both toolheads simultaneously in duplication and mirror mode, doubling the production capacity.
One of the pieces that are produced at the BCN3D Print Farm is the Vertical Bowden, which helps to maintain the teflon tube in place. Thanks to the duplication mode, BCN3D can produce 1,500 vertical bowdens in a month, instead of the 750 units that would be printed using conventional dual extrusion printers.
Besides doubling productivity, using IDEX technology offers so many more benefits thanks to its duplication and mirror modes for low volume batch production:
• Reduces the cost of machinery in half:
With the same number of 3D printers, the final customer can get twice as many parts printed than they would get with other dual extrusion machines without IDEX.
• Reduces the cost of maintenance and downtime in half:
To keep a 3D printer in an optimal condition standard maintenance must be followed. Since there are no extra actions or maintenance costs when compared to any other 3D printers when investing time in maintenance in a BCN3D printer you are indeed obtaining double production.
• Reduces the labor cost in half:
Designing and setting up the print on BCN3D printers take the same time as any other machine in the market. However, investing this time in a BCN3D printer produces twice as many parts.
• Same space, double productivity:
Since BCN3D printers double production, every square meter used to house a printer is working double as well.
As mentioned earlier, IDEX is the most cost-effective and fastest solution for low volume batch production. It offers the possibility to park the idle toolhead aside when printing dual extrusion parts. This is the cleanest solution on the market as it prevents the drip of molten plastic into the print.
To guarantee the right dimensional tolerances in the printed pieces as well as high repeatability, BCN3D printers are equipped with top-grade mechanical and electronic components, such as e3D hotends and Bondtech extruders.
The pieces fabricated in the BCN3D Print Farm are made of PET-G. This material is excellent for end-use parts: it offers excellent mechanical properties and withstands high operating temperatures.
IDEX technology has revolutionized BCN3D production workflow, doubling productivity while maintaining a reasonable hardware investment. Could it do the same for you?