This Research and Development project aims to design and manufacture a 3D printer capable of being fed directly with granular, powder and flake thermoplastic polymers. Currently, printers on the market can only be fed by specially produced polymer filaments. The few on the market that can be fed with granules, have a very limited range of polymers and the granules can only be purchased from the manufacturer at a rather high cost, particularly when compared with that of polymers normally sold for industries for technologies such as injection molding.
This project is part of a broader corporate strategy that sees GS4Plastic focus more attention on prototyping, research and development projects for new products with innovative designs and post-consumer recycled plastics. The general objective will therefore be to create a 3D printer that will allow us to experiment with new designs, verifying aspects such as ergonomics, technical feasibility and to study the most suitable material for the application.
The printer is a useful and important work tool, as it allows us to internally evaluate the designs of bottles and articles made by us. Furthermore, given the wide demand from the market and from our customers for rapid prototyping, it will allow us to expand our services.