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Bibus Menos presents its own industrial 3D printer – PROLAY 7Q, working in its own proprietary PLTM technology

Bibus Menos – a Polish-Swiss company specializing in pneumatics, mechatronics, industrial automation and 3D printing, announces the world premiere of its first proprietary 3D printer – PROLAY 7Q. The machine uses PLTM (Progressive Layer Thickness Manufacturing) technology, which is a modified version of the popular FDM/FFF method. Its key feature is the use of progressive layer thickness in work. This solution allows to maintain high resolution of the part surface without losing the performance and durability of the part. The machine is presented live at the Formnext 2023 trade fair in Frankfurt am Main, which starts today – the Bibus Menos stand is located in Hall 12.1 (C11).

PROLAY 7Q is designed to operate at high speeds, producing components 1.5 to 5 times faster depending on model geometry than other additive manufacturing methods. The 3D printer allows the production of parts with variable layer thicknesses in one process. The volume of the working chamber is as much as 725 x 450 x 500 mm, which allows the production of large elements or the simultaneous production of many smaller components. The maximum temperature of the working chamber can reach up to 190°C, which is crucial for processing high-temperature plastics. It has four print heads that support nozzles with a diameter of 0.2 to 0.8 mm. The maximum print head temperature is 400°C, which ensures compatibility with a wide range of industrial materials.

Available layer heights are from 0.12 mm to 0.92 mm, which gives the user flexibility in balancing between speed and the quality of finishing of the printed part. In terms of materials, PROLAY is compatible with materials such as ABS, ABS-CF (ABS doped with carbon fiber), PC (polycarbonate), PC-CF (polycarbonate with carbon fiber), PC-ABS (composite of polycarbonate and ABS) and others, which gives a wide range of applications.

The PROLAY 7Q is a unique industrial machine in that it can mix up to three different materials in one production process, giving the ability to create durable composite configurations. Until now, it was often a problem to make details from fiber-reinforced materials in thin layers – in the case of PROLAY 7Q there is no such problem, because you can print an outline, e.g. from PC, on layer 0.1 and gradually increase the layer inwards using e.g. carbon fiber).

Bibus Menos began operating on the Polish market in 1994 as MENOS Sp. z o. o. After a few years, he joined the Swiss holding BIBUS, which operates in over 20 countries in Europe and Asia, giving the company the opportunity to actively use the Group’s 70 years of experience and multicultural know-how. In the area of 3D printing, Bibus Menos is one of the precursors of 3D printing on the Polish market, operating on it since 2005. The company is a leading supplier of industrial-class 3D printers – it is an authorized distributor of SLS (laser-sintered polyamide powders) and DMLS (powdered alloys) 3D printers. laser-sintered metals) from the German company EOS. It also offers smaller SLS machines from Sintratec. Other technologies supported by Bibus Menos include FDM / FFF from the Gliwice company 3DGence and photopolymer 3D printers printing from ceramics – Lithoz.

With nearly 20 years of experience in 3D printing, the PROLAY 3D printer and the innovative PLTM technology are the result of a deep understanding of the industry. The company noted that in many 3D printing technologies, one of the biggest problems was very limited throughput and the need to constantly weigh the trade-off between layer thickness, fill factor and part strength. PROLAY Q7 is a multi-tool additive manufacturing system that uses a progressive layer thickness approach.

PROLAY 7Q and PLTM technology is the result of research and development work started in 2017 in connection with the project “Development of a faster 3D printing method allowing for reducing production costs and improving mechanical properties while maintaining the best possible surface quality” co-financed by the European Union from the European Development Fund Regional under the Smart Growth Program 2014–2020.

Source: www.centrumdruku3d.pl

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