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A perfect connection: Revolutionary technology meets robust engineering

01 August 2019

In early 2015 an East German StartUp, AIM3D set out to revolutionise the 3D printing world by creating a 3D printing machine that would offer the potential to eventually become a standard tool on every workbench. One unexpected challenge in this quest was finding a suitable provider of a high-quality linear guidance system that would fit their needs.

“To make the printing process as accurate as possible, it is crucial that the two print heads are perfectly aligned, even at fast speeds. In order to avoid shock during printing, the support of the print bed must also be constructed so that it is completely stable”, explains Rene Zielke, who is head of plant development.

“In addition, since the mechanism for raising and lowering the print heads is such a visible interface between the user and machine, it was important to us that the linear guide looked and felt high-quality," adds Zielke who was involved in the printer´s development right from the start. While the AIM3D engineers aimed at drastically reducing the cost of additive manufacturing, they did not want to do so by compromising on quality. However, finding this combination of features at an acceptable price proved more challenging than expected, until they came across HepcoMotion. 

Read the full article in the August issue of DPA

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