SIMO Series and 3D Printer Supports Marine Corps



UG Series: SIMO Linear Motion Platform
300 Series WorkbenchPro 3D Printer

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Aerospace & Defense


XFAB needed a large format 3D printer with a robust XYZ-gantry mechatronics to withstand different environments.


SIMO Series actuators offer high precision and performance in tough environments.

SIMO® and 3D Printers

The 300 Series large format printer from 3D Platform offers the highest print volume dimensions of the group, with a robust 1000 mm x 1000 mm x 700 mm (0.7 m³, 1.4×). It is built with linear motion hardware that includes SIMO Series actuators from PBC Linear. Each actuator that moves along the X-Y-Z gantry is customized and incorporates Constant Force™ anti-backlash lead screws and nuts for simultaneous high precision and strength.

SIMO process and actuators

SIMO is an acronym for Simultaneous Integral Milling Operation. It is a process developed and patented by PBC Linear that has revolutionized traditional machining. The SIMO process uses synchronized cutters, eliminating built-in extrusion variances by machining all critical edges concurrently in one pass. This ensures tight tolerances, limited variance, and a remarkably straight and repeatable surface at minimal additional cost. This process is used on both our plain bearing Gliding Surface Technology and related actuators, as well as cam roller V-guide bearings.

The SIMO process offers many advantages to the standard aluminum extrusion process. The twist and flatness are generally two times better than standard aluminum extrusions, with the straightness (camber) reaching six-times that of standard extrusions.

Demo Day

The testing event at MCTSSA included senior leaders and Marines from 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Regiment, 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. The demo offered them a first-hand look at the equipment and how they can manufacture parts and products. The main goal of this event was to first evaluate the connectivity of the Marine Corps’ closed computer network and then determine if any adjustments are needed. The ultimate objective is to reach final operational capability and then begin delivering labs to the Fleet Marine Forces by June 2022.

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3D Printed Part

U.S. Marine Cpl. Tyler Anglin from 1st Maintenance Battalion holds a 3D printed universal load stud wrench during a demonstration event at Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity. This and the top photo by Amy Forsythe / U.S. Marine Corps.