Coobx, the Liechtenstein-based additive manufacturing company, announced the launch of LIFTcell production lines, which makes the change from Additive Manufacturing to Additive Production a reality. To reach customer demands on quantities there are three different units with different degrees of automation.
The LIFTcell 2 makes the step to automated 3D production easier than ever before. A fully automatic Pick&Place system organizes the continuous production of up to 60 build platforms. To get a smooth workflow, the resin in the printers can be adjusted and refilled automatically by two CIP (clean in place) hose pumps. The system is designed for up to two printers. The printers can also be supplied with two different materials. The integrated job spooler organises the print jobs. This solution is thought as an entry level system for automated production, but together with the LIFT®-Technology can already deliver high output and reliability. The post-processing will be done manually by the known EXIGO Clean&Cure unit.
For true industrial scale and mass production the LIFTcell 8 and the LIFTcell 12 systems come into their own. This is a fully automated workflow including a high output rotary transfer based post-processing unit, which can clean, cure, dry, temper and collect resin. The single steps are defined according to the process needs and can be reorganised in a modular way. The high speed rotary transfer system allows processing of build platforms with 150 second cycle times.
To provide as much flexibility as possible, the LIFTcell handles up to 6 different materials on a maximum of 12 machines in a unit. The resins are stored and processed in the central unit and have been designed to be easy to handle. Staubli TX2 robotics guarantee a true industrial workflow and a maximum reliability. The central print server organizes all print jobs.
“LIFTcell is the logical extension of the EXIGO printer series. Having really fast single printers is a curse and a saviour at the same time. Changing building platforms every 20 minutes and handling them in a non-qualified post process, has nothing to do with Additive Production. We had the modular, automatisable systems already in mind during the design process of the EXIGO printers. We are proud to show now the high productivity solutions for the industry.” — Marco Schmid, Coobx CEO and head of R&D.
Every LIFTcell version can be equipped with the standard EXIGO 1-110 or EXIGO 1-350 and can be also mixed up in one unit. So all known advantages from the EXIGO printers are included.
High volume production quantities with maximum of flexibility is no longer a future. Together with a qualified process and a minimum footprint, the LIFTcell is ready for production.