BCN3D targets industrial market with new Epsilon 3D printer
Professional printer will debut next week at Formnext
BCN3D, a Barcelona-based 3D printer manufacturer, has launched its latest professional printer, the BCN3D Epsilon. The printer, which the company will showcase next week at Formnext, promises to “bring industrial power to your workbench.”
The Epsilon becomes the third 3D printer in the BCN3D arsenal, following the successful Sigma and Sigmax models, both of which are desktop machines. The Epsilon is the company’s first printer since its March 2019 spinoff, where it raised 2.7 million euros in private capital to become an independent company. (It was previously associated with the CIM-UPC Center, part of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, an engineering university in Spain.)
It is also the company’s first 3D printer built for “more demanding work settings.” In addition to being larger than the Sigma and Sigmax, the Epsilon boasts several features designed for the industrial market. For example, it is compatible with various technical and industrial-grade materials, including ABS, polypropylene, polyamide and fiber-reinforced filament.
Some Epsilon-compatible materials will be developed by BNC3D itself, as the company has signed an agreement with chemical multinationals BASF and Mitsubishi Chemical (MCPP) in order to develop new filaments for industrial applications.
Other notable features of the Epsilon include dual-extrusion (IDEX) technology, industrial-grade HEPA and carbon filters, an emergency stop feature, a 5” touch screen, cloud connection (via BCN3D Cloud, a new cloud platform developed by the company) and an enclosed passive heated build chamber.
“BCN3D started to develop some of the features of the BCN3D Epsilon even before the spin-off last March,” said Eric Pallarés, CTO of BCN3D. “At that time, we were able to expand the engineering team and invest more resources.”
The company is now working to develop partnerships with several automotive manufacturers including BMW, Nissan, Seat and Renault, with the intention of incorporating the Epsilon into their workbenches. However, Pallarés has noted that BCN3D will remain a desktop printer manufacturer and will not pivot exclusively to the industrial market.
The BCN3D Epsilon will retail for 6,995 euros + VAT, and the first units will be shipped in mid-December 2019. The printer will also be presented at this year’s Formnext conference, November 19–22.