The J55 3D printer quickly validates new product designs with color 3D printing. A rotating build platform uses a fixed print head that maximizes reliability and simplifies maintenance. The technology provides greater output from a small footprint while eliminating most sound. Remote monitoring capabilities simplify the print process.

The 3D printer supports design with same day send-to-print and minimal post-processing. It provides the same resolution and detail as J8-series 3D printers with models matching the shape, material, color, and finish of final products.

It has a maximum build volume of 1,340in³ (22L) and a 4.6 ft2 (0.43m²) footprint. The five-material capacity (plus support material) allows operators to load frequently used resins and avoid downtime associated with material changeovers.


3DprintUK develops 3D-printed face shield design

The team at 3DprintUK optimized the design of the Prusa face shield so that the EOS Formiga P110 could accommodate much larger numbers. Nesting the main PEAK component inside one another allowed 260 units to be printed in a single print with a 27-hour build time.

Benefits include a closed PEAK design that allows for extra protection, biologically safe material, and shape that can be flat packed for inexpensive postage and storage.

To scale up production, the company also partnered with Arts University Bournemouth. They were able to produce more than 5,000 units.


America Makes mask design challenge

America Makes, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), held the Fit to Face – Mask Design Challenge, a rapid response challenge to support the ongoing shortage of safe and effective personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 frontline workers.

Participants were tasked with optimizing a face mask’s continuous fit-to-face contact for various face types. Five digital headform datasets were shared by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to assist participants in crafting submissions. Top design submissions were also fast-tracked through the VA, FDA, and NIH testing and evaluation process.

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