3D Printing is a form of Additive Manufacturing (also referred to as Rapid Prototyping or Rapid Manufacturing) for converting a digital file into a tangible object. In 3D printing the object is built up layer by layer.
3D Printing offers special advantages where conventional production methods have reached their limits. In fact, 3D Printing offers many advantages: freedom of design to a high degree, optimization and integration of functional features, saving weight, production of small quantities at reasonable costs per unit and the flexibility to modify products, even in mass-production.
In April 2015 Blok Group ordered the largest Metal Laser Sintering printer in the world, the X Line 2000 R. This 3D printer is expected to be delivered in mid-March 2016 and can print in sizes up to 800 x 400 x 500 mm (x, y, z). Awaiting this largest printer in the world, Blok Group can print in smaller sizes in the meantime. The M2 Multilaser can print sizes up to 250 x 250 x 280 mm (x, y, z). All materials can be printed, including Nickel, Hastelloy, Titanium, Steel and Aluminium.