BigRep PRO – The industrial Large Format 3D Printer

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BigRep PRO – The industrial Large Format 3D Printer

When it comes to printing big, the BigRep PRO will the go to industrial solution. With a true build volume of 1m3 , The MXT tech, a fully heated enclosure, CNC grade automation and control and a filament conditioning station, 3D printing can take on a totally new dimension.

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The BigRep PRO – Industrial Machine for Professional Prints!

BigRep is changing the way industrial 3D printing will be done with the latest addition to its range of additive manufacturing solutions – the BigRep PRO. German-made for speed and precision, the PRO is a machine for industrial solutions.

BigRep has designed and manufactured a machine that prints with engineering-grade materials to ensure users can manufacture the applications they need, in large scale. The PRO is an industrial 3D printer that responds to market demands.

Whether it’s functional prototypes, composite tooling or end-use products, the PRO delivers, with a range of new features, including a state-of-the-art Bosch CNC system, new Metering Extruder Technology (MXT), an enclosed build chamber and temperature-controlled filament chambers.

The PRO has been inspired by the ONE and STUDIO 3D printers, winners of multiple awards including the German Brand Award 2018, the German Innovation Award 2018 and the German Design Award 2016.

We saw the BigRep Pro in Berlin in 2018 and here are some of our own thoughts:

It has temperature sensors everywhere! This way the environment is controlled precisely and safely. This is of course important when printing with materials that need to be dry or print best in heated chambers. The new integral filament cabinet ensures that the filament does not get contaminated by dust and also works to condition those pesky hygroscopic materials like Polyamide, Polycarbonate, PLA and of course PVA.

Coming from a CNC background we have been overjoyed to see machines starting to use PROPER kinematics. Not just mounting the rails against datum surfaces but also servo motors with backlashfree gearing, CNC controllers and industrial grade PLC units. Super excited to see the collaboration with Bosch Rexroth on this one. This really means that you have control of all aspects of the print, and makes the BigRep PRO future compatible with Industry 4.0 Installations.

As for speed? Well yes it is a step change in how quickly a large machine like this can print. Not only in the Z direction but in the X-Y plane too!


FEATURES

THE BUILD PLATFORM

Large-Scale Prints
True to its name, BigRep makes machines for big prints, and the PRO is no exception. With a build envelope of one cubic meter, the machine is made for 3D printing of large-scale industrial objects, enabling countless application possibilities.

BigRep PRO with doors open

THE PRINT BED

Semi-Automatic Leveling
The heated print bed mounted with polyimide foil provides optimal adhesion in the printing process. An integrated inductive sensor allows for semi-automatic levelling of the print bed. Makes life!

BigRep PRO Table

THE MXT

Speed & Precision
BigRep is introducing a metering extruder technology (MXT) with exceptional speed and precision, which is one of the defining features of the PRO. This state-of-the-art extruder allows for ultimate control on the materials deposition, allowing users to achieve the highest quality for every application.

BigRep MXT - Metering Extruder

THE CNC SYSTEM

Bosch Rexroth Technology
A new state-of-the-art Bosch CNC motion- control system makes the PRO the ideal machine for controlling the entire printing process, from start to finish. Widely used in the automotive industry, the Bosch system ensures maximum responsiveness, accuracy and closed-loop control in BigRep’s industrial-grade machine, as well as superior connectivity.

BigRep PRO Servo

THE INSULATED FILAMENT CABINET

Industrial Material Compatibility
The PRO provides an optimal environment for printing with industrial-grade materials, due to a humidity controlled spool chamber. Air circulation fans within ensure air flow for uniform temperature throughout the filament cabinet, and the cabinet stores up to four filament spools.

BigRep PRO Filament conditioning

THE ENCLOSED FRAME

Shielded Printing
An insulated enclosed metal frame ensures optimum even temperature control and the glass doors offer an optimal view on the print. Further improving safety is the PRO’s compatibility with standard ventilation systems, for fume and emissions control, making it a best practice example for 3D printing in industrial environments.

Interlocks on the doors also allow us to safely increase the max Bed temperature so engineering materials can be printed more reliably.

BigRep PRO interlocked doors allow heating the table and chamber to hotter than 80C
Build volumex 1005 y 1005 z 1005 (mm)
Layer height resolution0.1 mm – 0.8 mm*
AccelerationUp to 10 m/s²
ExtruderTwo MXT extruders
MXT with 0.6 mm and 1 mm nozzle
Printing technologyFFF – Fused-Filament-Fabrication (Material Extrusion)
Certified BigRep materialsASA, PA66
More engineering materials in development
Support materialsSoluble Plastics
Print bed temperatureMax. 99 °C
Printer weightApprox. 1550 kg
Sizex 1950 y 2430 z 1790 (mm) – (Without towerlight)
Power3 X AC 400 V, 50/60 Hz, 5100 W
Safety certificationsCE approved
*Depending on selected extruder/nozzle

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