A 3D printer with a different approach

“The Box” is the name of one of the world’s biggest and fastest 3D printers. It is made by BLB Industries in Värnamo, Sweden and can be seen at Elmia Automation.

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From left, part-owners Jacob Lundin Cim Bergdahl and Tomas Burman of BLB Industries present “The Box” at Bosch Rexroth.

Tomas Burman, CEO and part-owner of BLB Industries, says “The Box” is about thinking differently.

“Our vision is that manufacturing industry will start to see the structural function aspect of 3D printers. That’s by far the most important thing. They should be used to build functions, not appearances.”

Instead of building small prototypes, “The Box” prints out a full-size prototype right from the start. And far faster than usual. A normal small-scale printer can build 50-60 mm per second whilst “The Box” can build 1,200 mm per second.

This means that even the small version can print up to 6 kg per hour with a printing volume of 2.5 cubic metres.

“Of course, the most obvious area of application is prototypes for all kinds of companies and the standard answer is Volvo and similar companies,” Burman explains. “We also use granules not filament, which means that customers can handpick what kinds of properties they want in the material.” 

Published
5/13/2016
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From left, part-owners Jacob Lundin Cim Bergdahl and Tomas Burman of BLB Industries present “The Box” at Bosch Rexroth.
From left, part-owners Jacob Lundin Cim Bergdahl and Tomas Burman of BLB Industries present “The Box” at Bosch Rexroth.