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Case Study: Mechatronics Solution for Large Format 3D Printer

February 12, 2016 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by PBC News

Mechatronics Enabled

PBC Linear®’s Mechatronics Enabled (ME) initiative provides a range of mechatronics solutions for small, medium, large and extra-large applications. For 3D Platform™, manufacturer of the large-format 3D printer, the 3DP1000, the world-class motion control for the XYZ gantry is provided by ME’s industrial strength SIMO® Series linear actuators.

SIMO® Series Linear Actuators
SIMO® Series Linear Actuators

PBC Linear’s SIMO Series actuators have been a core component for the 3DP1000 3D printer from the start; providing high rigidity, accuracy, and reliability. The actuators are equipped with Constant Force Technology (CFT) anti-backlash lead screws and nuts, providing the additional traction control and precision required for high quality 3D printing. Driving the SIMO Series actuators are StepSERVO™ motors from Applied Motion Products®, a product that is available on all PBC Linear ME systems, offering faster print times and increased accuracy due to greater torque, as well as decreased energy usage. All of these components are contributing factors for the complete mechatronics solution provided by PBC Linear, enabling higher quality prints.

3D Platform Large Format 3D Printer—3DP1000

SIMO Series linear actuators are designed to be versatile, flexible, and affordable making it an ideal solution for an engineer who wants to test multiple interchangeable configurations while adapting to changing requirements. With multiple choices for design, such as bearing, drive, and motor options, the actuators can be built to specific application needs for large systems.

3D Platform has recently released a new video exploring these advancements in machine design titled, 3D Printing Utilizing Advanced Mechatronics—the video features the SIMO Series actuators, CFT anti-backlash nuts, and StepSERVO motors, boasting their contribution to the machine’s success in the additive manufacturing industry.  Click here to watch the video.

3D Platform®—3D Printing Utilizing Advanced Mechatronics

PBC Linear®, a Pacific Bearing Company, is the world leading manufacturer of the Simplicity® self-lubricating bearings based in Roscoe, Illinois.  With over 30 years’ experience in linear motion and bearing technologies, PBC has a wide range of solutions designed to solve difficult linear motion applications.

PBC Linear®, SIMO® are registered trademarks of PBC Linear and/or PBC Lineartechnik GmbH.

Applied Motion Products® is a registered trademark, and StepSERVO™ is a trademark of Applied Motion Products.

3D Platform™ is a trademark of 3D Platform.



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