Massivit 5000 targets industrial market

Massivit 3D, which began by making large 3D printers primarily for the display advertising market, has announced a new model, the Massivit 5000, which is aimed firmly at the industrial market, showing the direction the company is moving in. 

Massivit’s new 5000 printer aims to take the company into more industrial markets.

The Massivit 5000 is essentially an iteration of the existing 1800 series 3D printers that the company has been selling for some years now. Thus, the new printer appears to use the same chassis as the existing models, and has the same size build chamber at 1.8m high, by 1.45m wide and a depth of 1.11m. It also appears to run at the same speed as the existing models, 300mm/sec. 

But Massivit has made a number of improvements, including adding two new print modes. One of these, High Definition, prints at 0.5mm to produce more surface details though this significantly reduces the print speed. There’s also a new Fast print mode, which drops the layer resolution from the standard 1.3mm to 1.5mm and is said to result in a doubling of print speed. Both these new modes now also support a new feature for creating molds within the software by taking an object to be printed and creating a reverse image that can be used as a mold. 

Nir Dvir, Massivit’s account manager for Industrial Solutions, adds: “You have the possibility to change the resolution within an image. We call it variable resolution. Imagine that you have a geometry that you want to have a stable base with high detail at the top, or the opposite, so you would use the lower resolution for the stable wall thickness and go down to the super high resolution.”

The 5000 can be configured with two extruders, which is also an option for the existing models. But what is new here is that there is a separate material supply system for each extruder so that they can both be loaded with a different material.

Massivit says that the extruders work independently and can be used to print separate objects. However, the build chamber has a single base, which moves down as the objects are built up. This means that for maximum efficiency the two objects being printed should be of a similar height as otherwise one head will be idle while waiting for the other to finish printing the taller model.

Marketing manager Kim Haimovic adds: “In addition, there is a small movement of each head in the Z axis to allow progress of the two simultaneously printed parts, even if a certain layer is longer to print for one head than on the other. This allows for efficient workflows as two independent projects/applications/models can be printed in parallel, and on the Massivit 5000, each print head can also print with a different material.”

This image shows the extruder from the Massivit 5000, with the dispensing tip surrounded by a ring of UV lamps to cure the Dimengel material.

The Massivit printers all use Massivit’s own Dimengel material, a gel-like material that hardens when cured under UV lighting. There’s a new variation, Dimengel 110, that’s said to offer higher definition, when used with the 5000’s new 1.25mm tip. Jeffery Freeman, Massivit’s US sales manager, promised that the company would develop new materials to be announced later. There’s no need for support materials because the Dimengel is cured immediately after printing. 

The printhead, which is a dispenser with a tip, is surrounded by a ring of UV lights to cure the gel once its printed. There’s a new camera next to the head that can detect the print quality for quality control.  

There’s a 40ins monitor on the side that shows the images from the three cameras inside the machine, and these images can be recorded and the recordings used for quality control, or simply given to customers to show their parts being printed, which is a nice marketing touch. 

Massivit says that it has also improved on the software, which will now automatically work out the most efficient orientation to print a part. The software will automatically orientate the part and calculate the print time based on the print mode you choose, which can be used to estimate the job. The software will read .stl files from any design software. 

Freeman added: “We really listened to our clients and they said that they would like easier material loading so we have expanded the service doors on the machines so people can get in and out easier with the materials. Also we updated the user console to make it easier to use.”

However, the real significance of this latest printer is that it signals a change in direction for the company. The founders behind Massivit all come from the large format display graphics market and the company initially targeted the display advertising market with large 3D models, which proved to be a highly successful and unique niche. From there the applications expanded along predictable lines, such as film and theatre props and large scale prototyping. 

But, Massivit has grown considerably since the early days, completing its initial public offering on the Tel Aviv stock exchange in March 2021. At the time, Gershon Miller, Massivit’s chief innovation officer and co-founder, commented: “Massivit 3D’s groundbreaking technology has already been leveraged across 40 countries. The company is operating in multiple, rapidly growing markets which are expected to reach circa US$ 73 Billion by 2025. We are also confident that our current technological developments will transform the manufacturing market as we know it, enabling many industries to expedite their production processes and lead times. As part of the company’s plan for growth, the funds raised will be leveraged to continue innovating vital and disruptive technology that address pertinent market gaps.”

The company is now more aggressively pursuing industrial applications, making large bespoke parts as well as jigs and moulds. As part of this, the company has expanded the range of finishing options to strengthen these objects to make them more suitable for those applications.

The Massivit printers are big enough to print large parts such as this car bumper as a complete assembly.

Thus at the launch event, Dvir showed off a car bumper that had been printed as a single unit in 22 hours, though it also needed reinforcing with fibre glass as a post-process, and of course painting. Dvir also pointed out that Massivit offers extensive post-printing options such as special coatings, or colouring, adding: “We recommend that if you want to expose our printed parts to temperatures of 55ºC that you would protect them in a way.”

Massivit says that it’s not possible to upgrade existing 1800 3D printers to the new 5000 spec. Curiously, the company pointed out that the new HD and Fast print modes were developed for the Massivit 5000 and are not currently available on the Massivit 1800, which suggests that these modes might be an option for the 1800-series in the future.

In the meantime, you can find more details from massivit3D.com.


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