“Imagine”, this is the word that adorned the face of the +1000K machine when it premiered at Automate 2015 in Chicago last week. The +1000K is a new type of large format metal 3D printer, built to produce massive ideas but in a less expensive, faster, cleaner, safer, and environmentally friendly way. Large-scale metal additive manufacturing is a huge area for growth within the industrial manufacturing world and so many industries stand to benefit from an easier-to-use and more efficient metal 3D printer.
Parker Hannifin is partnering with +Mfg to build a new 3-D printing platform large enough and stable enough to print an engine block.
“Parker was our first choice for the motion control because we knew its reputation in this field,” says Paul Saleba, a +Mfg associate.
“When we first started doing some of the prototypes just to prove the technology would work, our engineers went to the Parker headquarters and talked to them, and described what we were trying to achieve,” he said. “Parker was very helpful and very excited because they saw the potential of this technology transforming parts production for many industries.”
When it comes to industrial manufacturing, metal 3D printing is where the future is at. Providing the ability to manufacture intricate parts, which are often impossible to produce via casting and other methods, as well as saving time, money, and material within the production process, 3D printers will continue to expand their presence on the manufacturing floor.
+Mfg, LLC (‘Plus Manufacturing’) announced it will attend the Automate 2015 show in Chicago, IL on March 23-26, 2015 at McCormick Place. +Mfg will be debuting the revolutionary +1000K additive manufacturing machine utilizing an inert gas shielded arc to deposit multiple metals in any three dimensional pattern.
Not far off I-75’s Mt. Zion exit, onto Gunpowder Road in Boone County, up a steep private drive then onto a narrow winding gravel path to a nondescript building, you will find Blackwood Labs.
If you were expecting a traditional kind of laboratory, you will be either disappointed or surprised. . .and profoundly curious.
Leave behind your preconceived ideas and step into another dimension.
Genius is at work
If you think that doesn’t happen in a place like Northern Kentucky, think again. The area is replete with innovative start-ups like Bexion Pharmaceuticals, 3DLT and CitiLogics, “Why Not?” people pursuing big ideas at accelerators like bioLOGIC, UpTech, NKU’s Inkubator and College of Informatics, and creative thinkers doing business-not-as-usual like those at BLDG, Braxton Brewery and data company Clear Measures.
Blackwood Labs is awash in innovation, “Why Not?” people, and business-unusual creative thinkers.