Serial production with 3D printers is a goal for many companies. 3DQue’s approach is unique — and a sign that the 3D print industry’s future is bright.
- Nine 3D material extrusion printers stacked 3 by 3, with a conveyor under each row, taking up 10 square feet of floor space
- The printers are oriented horizontally — not the vertical configuration used for more than 30 years
- The plastic filament is extruded onto a proprietary base plate invented by the company, also oriented vertically
- When the build is complete, a tap on the back of the base plate causes the finished part to release and fall onto the conveyor
- The parts travel to whatever finishing or packaging station is appropriate
And the nine printers are controlled by proprietary software that assigns jobs to the appropriate printer based on material, color and availability. Priority jobs go to the head of the queue; recurring jobs can be scheduled in advance. And the user interface is clean yet comprehensive:
After two years of development, 3DQue came to the market at the RAPID + TCT exhibition in Detroit this week. 3DQue had a good size, and not inexpensive, booth with a professional quality appearance that we have come to expect at shows.
So, what is the big deal?
3DQue’s inventor is 18-year-old Mateo Pekic.
Yes, you read that correctly. Working for two years, this young man brought to market this week an innovative approach to production plastic 3D printing. And, with his college friend, invented the proprietary base plate and production control software.
Think about it: Mateo Pekic brought a unique 3D printing concept to market at 18. Standing on their shoulders, he is younger than giants of our industry like Scott Crump, Chuck Hull, Hans Langer and Fried Vancraen were when they started Stratasys, 3D Systems, EOS and Materialise
3D print’s future is bright when there are young people like Mateo Pekic among us with innovative ideas and the passion to make those ideas a reality.
Mateo Pekic; Source: 3DQue
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