Shining 3D showcases new industrial machinery at TCT Asia 2017
Shining 3D is best known for a range of affordable, extrusion-based desktop 3D printers but here at TCT Asia 2017, the company is showing how ambitious it is with expansions into new areas of additive manufacturing technology.
3D Printed Gundam Robot by Shining 3D at TCT Asia
Across two aisles the Chinese company is demonstrating one of the widest ranges of equipment in the technology today. On one side we have the Einstart range, which has been used to 3D print an impressive looking, human-sized Gundam robot, as well as the new EinScan Pro+ 3D scanner.
Unveiled at CES 2017, the EinScan Pro + is drawing quite the crowd here as it accurately scans a traditional Chinese wood-carving, the team are even playing around scanning attendees faces and arms. One of the novel features of the EinScan Pro+ is that it works as a handheld but also comes with a tripod and rotating scan platform, giving a flexibility that some affordable scanners lack.
Across the aisle is where things really get interesting, last year Shining acquired a large proportion of shares in a Chinese laser-sintering manufacturer called E-Plus 3D. E-Plus 3D’s portfolio of industrial scale additive manufacturing machinery is extensive and on display here at TCT Asia are two metals machines and one SLA machine, although there are also SLS parts on display.
The two metals machines both use powder-bed fusion technology. The EP0-M250 is the bigger of the two machines and is capable of printing in a range of materials including stainless steel, cobalt chromium alloy, aluminium alloy, titanium alloy and high-temperature nickel-based alloy.
On the booth I can confirm that the machine was working and printing.
Shining new metal machine
Since 3D Systems got out of the consumer game two years ago, there isn’t another company with a wider range of technologies than Shining 3D. Definitely one to keep your eye on.