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Additive Manufacturing Prototypes

By 4Manufacturing(R) 25/06/2020

Accurate, fast, full-size prototypes made easy for Villeroy & Boch

In January 2015, Villeroy & Boch purchased a BigRep ONE, which can print complex geometric shapes of up to one cubic metre in size. De Groot still starts designs with sketches, but uses The ONE for making prototypes and working out designs. “Nowadays, it’s just bringing your product on the USB and the machine is making our product exactly in the way we wanted it to be,” said de Groot.

Production of an adapted CAD file for the USB was already a routine part of the design process, so preparing this file requires minimal extra time. From that file, the BigRep ONE then prints a precise reproduction of the design.

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