Ultracur3D® EPD 1006 Makes the Difference: How Girbau Group Increased Efficiency with Additive Manufacturing

When traditional manufacturing is on the sidelines because it cannot provide the desired outcome, Additive Manufacturing (AM) is often a real game-changer to achieve companies’ visions. With the unique freedom of design and the right materials, tailor-fit solutions are well within reach – let’s take a look at how Spanish company Girbau Group leveraged 3D printing with Forward AM’s photopolymer Ultracur3D® EPD 1006 powered by Photocentric.

Redesigned accordion-style parts of a laundry folding machine in front of the Photocentric LC Magna printer.
Source: Girbau

Project Breakdown

Industry
Industrial

Product
Ultracur3D® EPD 1006

Why Forward AM?
Perfect-fit material and printing service provider

The result
Airflow with increased efficiency

The Barcelona-based Girbau Group is specialized in manufacturing equipment for laundry services. Looking into ways how to increase the efficiency of their folding machines, the collaboration with our 3D printing service provider Sculpteo was initiated –  Sculpteo is offering not online a printing service but also accompanying many customers within the idea process, creating the perfect 3D model and printing process.

For Girbau, it was, on the one hand, essential to not only redesign a part of the folding machine but also be cost-effective when doing so. And on the other hand, they needed a material strong enough to create small cavities within the part that could withstand the high pressure.

So, the perfect material was essential to making the vision of the company a reality. Starting with AM, Girbau Group first tested a powder material – however, after printing a prototype and using it for testing, it was discovered that excess powder blocked the airflow of the folding machine. To fix this challenge, they switched to the high-performance photopolymer Ultracur3D® EPD 1006. This resin is part of the Engineering Plastic Daylight (EPD) photopolymer product line, powered by Photocentric.

Ultracur3D® EPD 1006 and all materials from the Daylight range are specifically tailored to the requirements of the unique Photocentric LC Magna printer and have been developed together by experts at Photocentric and Forward AM. The Photocentric LC Magna is an LCD printer that offers an impressive build volume of 510 x 280 x 350 mm as well as the ability to print 16mm per hour, allowing quantities of parts to be printed quickly and consistently. The printer delivers accurate end-use parts at scale whether it’s small-batch, on-demand, or full production. If you want to know more about the Liquid Crystal Magna, click here.

Read the detailed customer story below to find out all about the project!

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