Jellypipe announces first large scale 3D Printing service supplier to its platform

The principal behind Jellypipe is very simple, but is made possible by some extremely complex and intricate software which is the engine that makes using the platform so intuitive and rewarding commercially for all parts of the 3D printing ecosystem. Users of Jellypipe can easily access a huge resource of knowledge, advice, and consultation to ensure that the correct materials, 3D printing technology, and finishing is selected, and then receive quotes from the most extensive network of 3D printing service providers based on speed of delivery or lowest cost.

Just joining the ecosystem is Plastech Additive Manufacturing (www.pi-am.co.uk) based in Norwich, U.K. Plastech AM uses “The Box” 3D printing equipment from Swedish vendor BLB Industries on behalf of its clients. The company uses a Box Medium system producing high- end, large-scale parts, and boasting a build envelope of 1500 x 1500 x 1500 mm. The machine comes with two extruders and a variety of nozzle sizes and uses the Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF) method of production using industry standard granules. The use of granules means that material choice is greatly increased, and costs can be significantly rationalised for prototype or full mass production.

Stephen Rundle, Director at Plastech AM says, “We can offer everything from single prints to a short production run, we also have companies close by that can offer finishing services including milling, spray filling, sanding and painting. All we need from the client is an .STL or OBJ file that is approved for print. In some cases, the file may need some modifications in order to print in which case we would request an .STP which we can then modify before the client approves. Finally, a finishing specification would also be of benefit stating expected finishes and application. There is no real typical application except large! We have had applications from construction, oil & gas, marine, furniture, automotive, and displays & events to name a few, everything from composite moulds, foul drain pipework to giant theme park figures.”

When compared with traditional production technologies, the Plastech AM Box Medium System has numerous benefits, but in nearly all instances the technology wins through on speed of manufacture and price. It uses some standard materials like ABS or PP both filled or unfilled, PLA, TPU, TPE and even a special PP with 50% wood fibre, but the real advantage of the FGF technology is that Plastech AM can work with almost any plastic pellet, all that is required first is a print trial to test suitability.

Scott Colman, Jellypipe Sales Manager for the U.K. and Ireland comments, “We are delighted that Plastech AM has joined the Jellypipe ecosystem. The Jellypipe platform works so well as it allows users access to a huge range of different 3D printing technologies, which means that the best technology for each application is at users’ fingertips. However, with the BLB Box technology that Plastech offers it is a first for Jellypipe as this is the first truly large scale technology that we have introduced, and by so doing the platform can cater for parts and products that would until now have been too big to manufacture via 3D printing.”

Stephen Rundle concludes, “We are delighted to join Jellypipe. We have been impressed by the fact that it is a simple one-stop-shop, which is well publicised and where the process of quotation is simplified and therefore reduces the time and effort that goes into both advertising campaigns and quotations. This makes it easier for the customer and helps to develop the market. There is no doubt that Jellypipe makes the process of accessing good quality 3D printed parts speedily extremely easy, and this will undoubtedly help to develop the market for all.”

Plastech Additive Manufacturing is now sponsoring Mastering AM 2020.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre is hosting Mastering AM 2020: Focus on AM Production in April 2020 of the back of the success of 2019’s sold out conference. This year the conference has extended to two days, allowing topics to be covered in more depth, enhanced delegate networking and time to review the latest AM technologies in the exhibition.

Moreover, this year we have added a host of new topics which reflect the evolving nature of the AM technology and demand from end-users.

This year’s workshop programme includes;

• Design for AM & process simulation
• Ceramic AM
• Polymer & composite AM
• Bind & sinter AM techniques
• Feed stock control
• Metal powder bed
• Directed Energy Deposition
• Part post processing
• Certification & standards
• How to ensure AM part quality
• Facility design
• Health & safety for AM
• Skills & training

There will also be an exclusive networking dinner held in the evening of day one.

Plastech Industries Ltd’s 3D printing distribution and print service, Plastech Additive Manufacturing, has secured a partnership with Swedish vendor BLB Industries to distribute ‘The Box’ range of 3d printing systems.

Norfolk-based Plastech Industries will distribute BLB’s ‘The Box‘ portfolio of Small, Medium and Large 3D printing systems throughout the UK and Ireland, while installing a Box Medium itself which it has purchased with the support of a grant from the New Anglia LEP Growing Business Fund. Plastech Additive Manufacturing says the Box Medium system will act as both a demonstration model for the company’s resale endeavours and help to establish a service to manufacture high-end, large-scale parts.

Plastech Additive Manufacturing was established after the founding of Plastech Moulding, a high-volume manufacturing service specialising in high volume injection moulding also operating under the Plastech Industries umbrella. Plastech Additive Manufacturing aims to assist companies who require 3D printed parts in lower volumes, while also giving them the chance to bring the technology in-house.

Company Managing Director, Stephen Rundle, added: “We provide both a machine distribution and parts service, clients will be able to order printed parts as required in the short-term, and should demand for their product increase, they have the opportunity to purchase the very same additive manufacturing technology to oversee production themselves.

Plastech Additive Manufacturing also recently joined online procurement platform PlastikCity, as part of the website’s new additive manufacturing super-section. Plastech offer both 3D printed part manufacture services, as well as offering machine distribution and servicing for BLB’s ‘The Box’ range in 3D printing systems.

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We’re hoping to offer a turnkey solution to companies looking to benefit from large scale additive manufacturing,” said Stephen. “We have set ourselves up with the capability to have our own machines, both as demonstration models and to take our customers on a journey. The idea is that we can work with them on the development and testing with materials and their new product and then take them through short-run manufacture. When they get to the position where they need more product, then we can assist them with the supply and service of their own machine.

BLB Industries partnered with Plastech Additive Manufacturing at Formnext 2019 and, since it began operations in 2015, has brought to market a portfolio of 3D printing platforms powered by Fused Granular Fabrication technology and Bosch Rexroth drives and control. The Box series of machines are supported by one of the widest ranges of thermoplastic materials due to their ability to process from granules, and boast build volumes ranging from 1500 x 1000 x 1000 mm to 2000 x 2000 x 1500 mm.

Customers can also opt to have a Box system tailored for their exacting needs if none of the Box Small, Medium or Large systems are deemed suitable. Per their agreement, Plastech Additive Manufacturing will supply all three variations of the Box machine and will work with BLB to customise machines for interested parties in the UK and Ireland.

For more information about the BOX systems, and the other additive manufacturing solutions offered by Plastech, visit the company website.

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A growing Norfolk company which received £56,500 in funding from New Anglia LEP has struck up a partnership with a Swedish firm to set up a new print operation.

Plastech Industries is launching a 3D printing distribution and print service business Plastech Additive Manufacturing after securing a partnership with Swedish vendor BLB Industries.

The Norwich-based company will distribute BLB’s The Box portfolio of Small, Medium and Large 3D printing systems throughout the UK and Ireland, while installing a Box Medium purchased with the support of a £56,500 grant from the LEP’s Growing Business Fund.

Our Growing Business Fund offers grants up to £500,000 for local businesses which want to grow and create new jobs.

Plastech Moulding is a high-volume manufacturing service specialising in in high volume injection moulding, also operating under the Plastech Industries umbrella.

The aim of the new operation is to help companies which require parts in lower volumes, while also giving them the chance to bring the technology in-house.

By providing a machine distribution and parts service will enable clients to order printed parts as required and give them the opportunity to buy the same additive manufacturing technology to oversee production themselves.

Stephen Rundle, Plastech Industries Managing Director, said: “We’re hoping to offer a turnkey solution to companies looking to benefit from large scale additive manufacturing. We have set ourselves up with the capability to have our own machines, both as a demonstration models and to take our customers on a journey.

“The idea is that we are able to work with them on the development and testing with materials and their new product and then take them through short run manufacture. When they get to the position where they need more product, then we can assist them with the supply and service of their own machine.”

Plastech Industries Ltd has launched a 3D printing distribution and print service business called Plastech Additive Manufacturing which has secured a partnership with Swedish vendor BLB Industries.

The Norfolk-based company will distribute BLB’s Box portfolio of Small, Medium and Large 3D printing systems throughout the UK and Ireland, while installing a Box Medium itself this summer with the support of a grant from the New Anglia LEP Growing Business Fund. Plastech Additive Manufacturing says the Box Medium system will act as a demonstration model for the company’s resale endeavours and help to establish a service to additively manufacture high-end, large-scale parts. Until the machine is installed later this year, parts ordered through the company’s print service will be produced in BLB Sweden.

Plastech Additive Manufacturing was recently established after the founding of Plastech Moulding, a high-volume manufacturing service specialising in injection moulding also operating under the Plastech Industries umbrella. With the introduction of Plastech Additive Manufacturing, the company is aiming to assist companies who require parts in lower volumes, while also giving them the chance to bring the technology in-house. Providing both a machine distribution and parts service, clients will be able to order printed parts as required in the short term and, should demand for their product increase, have the opportunity to purchase the very same additive manufacturing technology to oversee production themselves.

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“We’re hoping to offer a turnkey solution to companies looking to benefit from large scale additive manufacturing,” Stephen Rundle, Plastech Industries Managing Director, told TCT. “We have set ourselves up with the capability to have our own machines, both as a demonstration model and to take our customers on a journey. The idea is that we are able to work with them on the development and testing with materials and their new product and then take them through short run manufacture. When they get to the position where they need more product, then we can interest them with the supply and service of their own machine.”

BLB Industries partnered with Plastech Additive Manufacturing at Formnext 2019 and, since it began operations in 2015, has brought to market a portfolio of 3D printing platforms powered by Fused Granular Fabrication technology and Bosch Rexroth drives and control. The Box series of machines are supported by a wide range of thermoplastic materials due to their ability to process from granules, and boast build volumes ranging from 1500 x 1000 x 1000 mm to 2000 x 2000 x 1500 mm. Customers can also opt to have a Box system tailored for their exacting needs, if none of the Box Small, Medium or Large systems are deemed suitable. Per their agreement, Plastech Additive Manufacturing will supply all three variations of the Box machine and will work with BLB to customise machines for interested parties in the UK and Ireland.

One of many advantages of THE BOX is that we work from the granule, this enables us to work with an array of different materials at a lower cost. 

This large-scale table was produced on our BLB The Box machine using ABS material.

Plastech Additive Manufacturing has been announced as the new UK & Ireland distributor for all BLB Industries products at Formnext 2019. In addition, they have placed an order for The Box Medium for their Norwich facility to allow them to provide a full turn-key printing and demonstration service. This business expansion has been supported by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Growing Business Fund. The new machine will be delivered mid-2020.