BigRep Unveils Two High-Temp 3D Printers for Industrial Applications

BigRep has launched the ALTRA 280 and IPSO 105, two large-volume printers engineered to be fast, reliable, precise, and highly automated.

Rob Spiegel

June 12, 2024

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3D printers

At a Glance

  • The updated printers are engineered to meet the needs of aerospace, defense, and automotive.
  • The new machines can print the full range of standard- to high-performance polymers.
  • The printers have an open material system for a broad filament choice.

BigRep, a company that produces Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing, has announced the launch of two high-temperature 3D printers. The two machines are updated versions of the PRECISE and MEX 3D printers produced by HAGE3D, a company that is being acquired by BigRep.

The updated printers are engineered to meet the needs of aerospace, defense, and automotive. They offer speed, reliability, precision, and automation. "We believe that both machines will transform the way manufacturers approach additive manufacturing, especially in the aerospace, military, and automotive segments, where high-performance parts are crucial,” said Thomas Janics, managing director of HAGE3D, in a statement. “They are a combination of reliability, precision, large volume, and high-temperature capabilities and are engineered to push the boundaries of what’s possible with additive manufacturing (AM)."  

New Applications and Higher Performance

The ALTRA 280 and IPSO 105 update the company’s portfolio to include high-temperature FFF 3D printing and expand into new applications. They can print the full range of standard to high-performance polymers. They have an open material system for a broad filament choice, either with BigRep’s quality filaments or third-party compatible materials. “Both the ALTRA 280 and IPSO 105 are considered game-changing industrial AM solutions at different scales that come with all temperature capabilities, unlocking wide material options,” said Sven Thate, managing director of BigRep, in a statement. “Backed by our 3D printing ecosystem of an intuitive software suite, global customer service, and an eLearning platform, we have customer’s success in focus as we expand our offering to high-performance applications.”

The highlights of the BigRep ALTRA 280 are the large, heated 280-liter build chamber (500mm x 700mm x 800mm), that reaches temperatures up to 180°C, state-of-the-art DSX extruders reaching up to 450°C, and the fully automated quick start. With up to 4 DSX extruders, the ALTRA 280 is designed to achieve reliable dual extrusion, additionally safeguarded by their respective backup extruders. Designed for productivity, the machine enables flawless prints and functional parts.While smaller in size, the BigRep IPSO 105 is a large-scale industrial 3D printer with impressive temperature capabilities. It is an industry all-rounder at an attractive price-to-performance ratio in the high-temperature machine category. Designed for tooling applications requiring high-performance materials, the IPSO 105 is engineered to be a tool maker’s tool, with a heated build chamber of 105 liters (400mm x 600mm x 440mm) reaching up to 100°C, and a print bed heated up to 180°C. It features dual DSX extruders, capable of printing high-performance materials up to 450°C. The 3D printer shares some of the key features with its big sister, the ALTRA 280, such as the fully automated quick start.Fully Automated Quick Start: The ALTRA 280 is designed for easy operation, with fully automated calibration and pre-heating processes, allowing users to start printing at the push of a button.  

Key features of the ALTRA 280 include: 

  • Large-Scale 3D Printing: A generous build volume of 500 mm x 700 mm x 800mm (volume of 280 liters) designed to produce intricate fully-fledged prototypes, production, and end-use parts.  

  • High-Temperature Capabilities: Prints with high-performance materials such as ULTEM 9085 and PEEK (AM200) up to 450°C, enabling the production of strong, lightweight parts even for challenging industrial applications. 

  • Uninterrupted Productivity: Equipped with up to four DSX extruders, the ALTRA 280 delivers seamless production with dual extruders and two respective backup extruders, enabling reliable performance around the clock. 

Key Features of the IPSO 105 include: 

  • A Toolmaker’s Build Volume: A build chamber of 400 mm x 600 mm x 440 mm (105 liters), allowing a wide range of applications, from tooling to end-use parts. 

  • High-Temperature Capabilities: With build chamber temperatures of 100°C and print bed temperatures up to 180°C, IPSO 105 prints with a variety of engineering-grade and high-performance materials such as PEKK and PEKK-CF. 

  • Dual Extrusion: The dual DSX extrusion system is designed to ensure uninterrupted printing with multi-material or multi-color parts, expanding design possibilities and functionality. 

  • Automated Seamless Production: The quick start feature, out-of-filament sensors, and automatic switching to a backup extruder in case of an irregularity maximize productivity and reliability.

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Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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