Accelerate into Direct Digital Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping with SYS Systems Limited
As the leading supplier of Stratasys 3D Printers, we can help you quickly get up to speed with advanced 3D printing technology. Unleash your imagination and revolutionise your product.
Our 3D printing machines are accurate, advanced and robust to help you push the limits of innovation. Many companies are experiencing the benefits of 3D printing enabling a more flexible, rapid time to market and improved product performance.
Our skilled service engineering team are available to help you during the onsite installation and calibration of your 3D printer. Alongside our dedicated installation and service package, we also offer comprehensive training, ongoing support or applications advice on how to get the most from your 3D printer.
Experience the difference SYS aftercare programme can offer for your business, you will automatically join our funnel of innovation providing you with the most up-to-date knowledge in 3D printing technologies. Furthermore, we can enlist you on our technology refresh initiative to continuously enhance your 3D printing experience – the opportunities are endless.
Giving you unmatched product realism the Stratasys J750 3D printer offers aesthetic performance including true, full colour capability with texture mapping and colour gradients.
The Stratasys J750 offers a wide range of material properties so you can create prototypes that look, feel and operate like finished products, without the need for painting or assembly. The Stratasys J750 gives you the opportunity to bring even your most imaginative ideas to life thanks to its astounding 360,000+ colour combinations that are available.
With maximum 3D printing versatility, you can channel a range of applications that previously required multiple systems to achieve an all in one package with a vast array of colours and material properties. From rigid to flexible, opaque to transparent, and an ability to print in many diverse materials in one job. It’s possible to print parts that feature digital ABS alongside a variety of flexible Shore A values and translucencies. You won’t sacrifice time for creating intricate parts or complex features with the fastest Polyjet multi-material 3D printer.
The J750 offers six material capacity, which allows you to load your most used resins and avoid downtime associated with material changeovers. With two printing options available you can print simulated production plastics, like digital ABS in half the time or with twice the resolution.
The Stratasys J750 has the ability to adapt to your changing requirements, and because the J750 offers high efficiency and low cost per part, you’ll achieve a return on your investment in no time.
The J750 uses the Vero family of opaque materials including neutral shades and vibrant colours offering a broad spectrum of colour for your 3D models. The Tango family of flexible materials, Transparent VeroClear and RGD720 are also available.
The Dimension 1200es features the largest build envelope available in a Design Series Performance 3D Printer. This 3D printer lets you choose fine resolution or faster printing, with layer thicknesses of 0.254 mm (0.010 in.) or 0.33 mm (0.013 in.). With nine colours available in real ABSplus thermoplastic, you can bring performance prototyping in house that meets your budget.
Powered by Stratasys genuine Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, you can build accurate functional concept models, rapid prototypes, and product mockups.
Model and soluble support materials come in convenient enclosed cartridges that are a snap to load. Inside the 3D printer, plastic filament travels through a tube to the print head, where its heated to a semi-liquid state and extruded in thin, accurate layers.
Modeling bases provide a stable platform where your prototype builds. Once printing is done, you simply take the recyclable, flexible plastic base out of your 3D printer and snap off the model.
Ideal for prototyping consumer goods, the Objet30 Pro combines the accuracy and versatility of a high-end rapid prototyping machine with the small footprint of a desktop 3D printer. PolyJet technology offers eight different 3D printing materials, including clear, high-temperature and simulated polypropylene, and features the industry’s best print resolution so you get smooth surfaces, small moving parts and thin walls. With specialised properties, the Objet30 Pro gives you the power to create realistic models quickly and easily in-house.
Fortus 400mc 3D printer cuts component lead-times
The past 12 months have proved transformational at iconic furniture design and manufacturing company, Herman Miller. For example, in July last year the company consolidated its previous two sites at Bath and Chippenham into a new 15,794m² facility in Melksham, uniting its regional R&D, manufacturing and logistics functions into one state-of-the-art building that also showcases the company’s unique approach to designing office work spaces. In a further important business development, the company has set about reducing its development time and supplementing its prototyping processes through the acquisition of a Stratasys Fortus 400mc Production Series 3D printer from SYS Systems. Now, instead of waiting 5-10 days for outsourced 3D-printed parts, components can be produced overnight.
Herman Miller’s new facility, known as Portal Mill, is enabling the company to increase efficiency and expand operational capability. Its stylish office chairs and furniture are manufactured and assembled here, before being exported across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Indeed, the company’s designs can be found in offices and homes the world over, and in the permanent collections of museums.
Innovative manufacturing practices have also helped to establish Herman Miller as a recognised global leader, and it is here that the company’s move into 3D printing is ensuring the business stays in the vanguard of leading furniture specialists.
“Our chairs have an instantly recognisable, organic, ergonomic style, and we are constantly introducing new designs,” says Stefan Kogut, R&D Workshop Lead at the Portal Mill site. “When I was tasked with finding a 3D printer in order to reduce the lead-time and spend incurred by outsourcing, I went straight to SYS as I was unsure what solutions were available. However, after having a few samples produced in different materials, we decided that the Fortus 400mc was the perfect machine for us.”
The Stratasys Fortus 400mc allows users to manufacture parts without the oppressive costs and time requirements of tooling. Furthermore, changes can be made quickly and affordably, at any stage in the 3D printing cycle.
Fortus machines are equipped with an extrusion head and gantry that maintains tight positional accuracy and close component tolerances. Based on the use of Stratasys’ proprietary FDM® (Fused Deposition Modelling) technology, the Fortus builds parts from stable, production-grade thermoplastics that continue to outperform nearly all competing technologies in accuracy, repeatability and strength.
“Gone are the days of having to work our designs around the limitations of traditional manufacturing processes,” says Mr Kogut. “Among the many prototype parts to benefit is the cradle, which forms the back of an office chair. Despite being a large nylon part, we have managed to print it with ease on the Fortus 400mc.”
Component quality from the Stratasys machine is exceptionally high, which is vital as Herman Miller offers a 12-year warranty with its chairs.
As well as proving highly useful for generating rugged prototypes that function like end products, the new printer is proving highly adept at producing tools and test components.
“Before we had a 3D printer we used to outsource everything to third party suppliers,” explains Mr Kogut. “By bringing the process in-house we have gained far greater control over each project and reduced turnaround time considerably. Previously we would have to endure lead-times of 5-10 working days for 3D printed parts, whereas now we can have them overnight. I frequently receive emails at 4pm requesting time on the machine, but I always accept safe in the knowledge that they will be ready in the morning.”
“Our development cycle is typically no less than about two years,” adds Nick Savage, Director Research Design & Development EMEA. “The exploration phase at the beginning of each project is about coming up with ideas, while the launch phase at the end of each project sees the first production run of components. The bit between is where we always struggle in terms of trying to reduce that cycle of time. This is where we are now using 3D printing to great advantage. In our test labs we can now model, build and test within a very short timeframe.”
This capability is vital to a company that has a long and successful track record of leading the market when it comes to new product development. The most recent example is the Keyn Chair Group, a range of meeting and side chairs that offers responsive movement and immediate comfort for collaborative spaces. The design, by the London-based partner company, forpeople, uses a quartet of key parts to create every model in the group, so each retains the same visual appeal.
The idea that Keyn chairs needed to move was decided early in the design process. Observations of meetings showed that people continuously shift in their seats, leaning forward or stretching back, typically up to 53 times an hour. People expect movement in their task chair, so it made perfect sense that a meeting chair should support and respond to those movements too.
The answer to supporting seated movement came in the form of CradleFlex. It responds to the sitter, effortlessly reclining by up to 10° while simultaneously allowing the seat to move forward. By supporting changes in posture, Keyn helps people remain comfortable and therefore focused, which is good for their bodies and their minds.
Moving forward, Herman Miller can now look forward to using its new Fortus machines to push the boundaries of design innovation even further. Importantly, Fortus machines are easy to operate – anyone can be taught how to load materials, replace build trays and use the simple touchscreen interface. What’s more, users can opt to fine-tune part performance, optimise build speed or achieve a smoother finish, depending on the parameters selected.
“SYS have been very helpful throughout the entire process,” concludes Mr Kogut. “When the machine was ordered we needed it really quickly for a specific project. However, SYS stepped up to the mark and delivered it on time. In addition, any queries such as small set-up issues have been quickly resolved. Their technical understanding is fantastic.”
De Beers Technologies has invested in a new Stratasys Fortus 360mc professional grade 3D printer from SYS Systems. Used for both production and R&D parts at the company’s state-of-the-art facility in Berkshire, De Beers is now exploiting the benefits of the machine around the clock. Some 3D-printed components have witnessed a four-fold reduction in cost compared with previous machining methods, which has led the company to invest in a second Stratasys machine from SYS, a Dimension 1200es.
De Beers is the world leader in diamond exploration, mining, processing and retailing. To support its activities, the company maintains a diamond R&D centre in Maidenhead that is known as De Beers Technologies UK. Here, the company’s engineers create automated methods for verifying and sorting diamonds, as well as machines that ensure all synthetics and treatments can be detected. The technology is used by De Beers’ sorting and grading operations, and those of its partner laboratories.
The machines produced at De Beers Technologies UK have to provide unparalleled operating efficiency, flexibility and consistency, with a particular focus on simplifying and accelerating processes. Some of the machines are required to operate at speeds of up to eight diamonds per second to produce assortments according to size, shape, colour and clarity.
Needless to say, there is no margin for error when it comes to handling precious stones such as diamonds. With this in mind, the components used to build the company’s machines must demonstrate a high degree of design excellence. In recent times, the rise of 3D printing has helped the company transcend the barriers of traditional processes such as machining and casting, introducing new found levels of design freedom to the creative team at De Beers Technologies.
“Until recently we did all of our 3D printing through a bureau service,” explains Technical Manager Trevor Poulter. “However, we soon discovered that the amount of printing we were doing would soon justify buying a 3D printer of our own.”
Within a short time, the company had installed a Stratasys Fortus 360mc, which now runs virtually non-stop making either production or R&D parts.
Stratasys Fortus 3D Printer
“The machine is available 24-7 for our engineers to use on a daily basis,” says Mr Poulter. “With the Fortus 360mc in place, we can fit R&D parts between production builds to produce prototypes or test pieces in a much quicker fashion.”
Able to corroborate this is Senior Mechanical Engineer, Andrew Portsmouth: “Whenever I come up with an idea the first thought is always ‘will it work’,” he says. “Now, however, we can put it on the Fortus overnight so that the next day we are testing it, assessing it, and figuring out any limitations. We can then modify the design and put it back on the 3D printer overnight. The following morning we are testing the next iteration. In terms of reducing development time, it’s impossible to put a value on what 3D printing has saved us.”
The Fortus 360mc is equipped with an extrusion head and gantry that maintains tight positional accuracy and close component tolerances. Based on the use of Stratasys’ proprietary FDM technology (Fused Deposition Modelling), the Fortus 360mc builds from stable, production-grade thermoplastics that continue to outperform nearly all competing technologies in accuracy, repeatability and strength.
The standard build envelope is 355 x 254 x 254mm, which can be upgraded to 406 x 356 x 406mm if required. With the upgrade comes two more material canister bays, for a total of four bays (two build material and two support material). When the first material canister is empty, an auto-changeover function loads the second canister and continues the build process uninterrupted, allowing users to leave the machine unattended for long periods of time.
De Beers Technologies initially approached a number of suppliers for quotes but SYS Systems was selected as it offered the best overall package “with no quibbles”, which provided sufficient confidence to place the order. The company says that both delivery and installation were executed quickly and professionally.
“Avenues that weren’t available to us as engineers now are,” says Mr Portsmouth. “The Fortus 360mc has changed the way we work as engineers and designers. In fact, we are now designing parts purely to take advantage of 3D printing, and forgetting the restrictions that conventional processes such as machining or casting bring.”
Stratasys 3D Printer
A good example is a component called an optical measurement cell housing, which has an external diameter of around 250mm and contains a number of complex features.
“The way it’s been designed means there is no other way to make it than with additive manufacturing, and it has many benefits because of that,” says Mr Portsmouth. “Manufacturing it on the Fortus 360mc represented a three- or four-fold reduction in production cost compared with than the previous machining method simply because it’s a much cheaper process. Today, it feels like we print anything and everything: it’s the flexibility and the change in the way we innovate that’s really made the difference here. I would also say that the Fortus has helped us create more innovative products because of the design freedom it allows – making parts that were simply not possible before.”
As a result of De Beers’ success with its Stratasys Fortus 360mc, the company has now ventured down the route of investing in a second Stratasys machine, this time a Dimension 1200es. The thinking is that, along with alleviating some of the capacity demands on the Fortus, the new machine will also introduce the flexibility of different material types, as well as different colours.
The Dimension 1200es features the largest build envelope (254 x 254 x 305mm) available in the Stratasys Design Series Performance range. Again powered by FDM technology, it prints in nine colours of real ABSplus thermoplastic. Furthermore, it lets users choose fine resolution or faster printing, with layer thicknesses of 0.254 or 0.33mm.
“The message is going out across the company that we now have a comprehensive 3D printing facility featuring professional, high performance machines,” says Mr Poulter. “As a result, we can better react to specific requirements, and in a very quick time.”
Initially, De Beers estimated a payback period of three years for its investment in the Stratasys Fortus 360mc. However, according to Mr Poulter, it became apparent that the company actually achieved payback within an impressively short 12 months.
“I would absolutely recommend going down the 3D printing route to any companies in a similar situation to us, where engineers need to innovate and make prototypes quickly,” he says. “Even if you start with a small machine and try it, the value to the business will soon become apparent.”
From a supplier perspective, the company says it has encountered no problems whatsoever with SYS.
“SYS have always been very responsive to any of our requests or queries and, as a result, we have been very happy with the support provided,” concludes Mr Poulter.
Everything we do and use daily is already being touched by 3D printing technology, brought to you by SYS Systems UK we discuss the importance of 3D printing technology in the fourth industrial revolution and how 3D printing technology already revolutionises your production processes every day.
3D Printing’s uses, in a wide spectrum of production processes, varies from business to business but remains defined by three categories- prototyping, manufacture tooling and end-use products.
In prototyping and testing product efficiency we are in the early stages of evolving into Industry 4.0 with 23% of prototyping being currently penetrated by 3D printing methods. Many businesses are still relying on conventional week-long processes in the supply chain, through various sourcing outlets. Integration of in-house 3D printing allows businesses to develop design iterations freely allowing flexibility, adaptability and improved end-product performance.
Another way in which 3D printing is implemented into the production process is through manufacture tooling- in other words 3D printing allows you to make tools using 3D printed tools. For example 3D printed production line tools, such as injection moulds, can cut tool creation costs by between 10-90% through swapping out conventional methods and replacing them with 3D printing.
The benefits of 3D printed production tools begins with the employees as they know the production line through and through so they are able to look at the design/concept using their experience in determining its effectiveness and improve it using 3D printing technology, drastically shortening the time it usually takes to design the tools. This ability to design and produce a new tool per day means significant time reduction alongside considerable cost savings.
3D printing allows complete customisation of production line tools alongside worker input this process allows a new, more innovative way of working.
The revolution of 3D printing in Industry 4.0 lies in our third 3D printing use category where our technology is utilised in producing end-use products, which means that the actual product or part is 3D printed and intended to be used as it is. End-use parts such as various consumer goods like NORMAL earphones can be customised due to the nature of their creation.
As well as non-flight critical aeroplane components that have been created using Stratasys’ FDM 3D printing technology using aerospace approve ULTEM thermoplastic materials, which are much lighter than the conventional part material used in aircraft carriers, as well as fire retardant and chemically resistant. Board a plane today and it’s almost a certainty that parts on that aeroplane have been 3D printed.
What Does 3D Printing Mean for All Businesses Great & Small?
Customisable products are the future of the consumer market. Having the ability to freely produce faster design iterations and adopt varying applications sets your business up to be completely adaptable to consumer and industry demand, allowing for your business to adopt the ever-changing needs and desires of the world.
Businesses live or die dependent on their ability to react to the market fast enough, keeping up with your market is an important factor in your success and to move into Industry 4.0 businesses of all sizes need to consider the benefits of rapid prototyping in production tooling and the manufacturing of end-use products.
Another field in which customised products have been hugely beneficial is the medical sector. Many patient’s quality of life has been improved through advances in 3D printing technology. Through the ability to prototype organs in materials that mimic human tissue, doctors have been able to plan and prepare for complex operations using a 3D printed exact copy of the patient’s condition.
The Future is Industry 4.0
One of the most important aspects of Industry 4.0 is influencing the youth of today to create a more advanced future. Using STEM subjects we can inspire and excite the younger generations to prepare and train them with the skills they will need in the future.
This new Industry 4.0 requires a specific set of skills called STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These are the key skills required for work of the future where flexibility and rapid design, as well as the ability to utilise data is imperative. With not enough qualified people coming through school and university with a STEM education, countries and societies have a duty, in order to evolve, to implement and encourage hands-on STEM learning.
More importantly it is time for society to realise that the future is not just about hardware and hardware alone, how can a machine benefit you if you do not possess the skills to use it? The most important way to transition into the fourth revolution successfully is by gaining the knowledge needed for the technologies and innovations of the future.
Those societies, cities, countries, Government and cultures that fill that lack of skills and embrace STEM learning will most likely be the most successful in Industry 4.0.
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