As a training center for all things additive manufacturing, 3DWIT aims to house the latest and greatest technologies. 3DWIT hosts a range of additive manufacturing technologies from polymers to metals.
The center serves various industrial clients. And as such, it has requirements for a range of materials going from standard polymers to metals, to advanced/engineering polymers. The center hosts several FFF machines. However, there was a gap in their offerings in terms of high-temperature FFF. Responding to the needs of industries within Ireland looking to adopt additive manufacturing technologies, further drove the decision to complete their portfolio with an INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410 system and add high-temperature FFF to their capabilities.
Paul Quinn is responsible for the day-to-day operation, applications development, and training provision at the Printing Training Centre in Waterford, Ireland. Paul has been involved with AM since 2014 through various roles.
3DWIT purchased the INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410 from iMakr, an INTAMSYS reseller, in late 2020 and had the machine delivered in Q1 2021.
Paul shared with us one of the first use of the FUNMAT PRO 410;
During a training session for a customer, 3DWIT had one of their employees approach them looking for some assistance and advice on printing a sample holding and fixturing for a thermal spraying process.
After investigating the process and developing a new fixturing method – and thanks to their expertise in PEEK printing -, the 3DWIT team was able to produce some test parts that they could use to test and validate the new fixture in their process. PEEK was selected due to its high chemical resistance and high usage temperature, which is imperative for the thermal spraying process. The FUNMAT PRO 410 was instrumental in the development of these fixtures.
Established in 2018, as an initiative of SEAM Research Centre, 3DWIT is unique in that it is the only centre in Ireland, which provides hands-on training in the field of Additive Manufacturing. We offer a wide range of courses, for those both new to 3D Printing and those looking for a partner to up-skill your entire workforce. Training is carried out in our state-of-the-art 3D Print Lab, based at our new facility in Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Our training covers all things additive manufacturing, to enable potential users to understand the process and ultimately leverage its capabilities.
INTAMSYS 3D Printing All-in-One Solutions bear the ambition to make future lives fully customizable due to the infinity of possibilities the Additive Manufacturing Industry offers. Meeting the most demanding industrial standards, INTAMSYS 3D Printers are optimized for applications in industries as diverse as Automotive, Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Medical sector, Jigs & Fixtures, or even Education.