Aectual B.V.
Naritaweg 14, 1043 BZ, Amsterdam (NL)
Aectual's advanced XL 3D printing technology

Our in-house developed XL 3D Printing system is a complete and extensive package that offers one integrated solution for high quality large-scale 3D printing. The 3D printing method used is the so called Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF) based on Pellet Extrusion on a robot arm. We offer a complete industrial setup, ready to print 24/7 in your workhop or factory.

Large size Robot arms for large prints
Industrial ABB robot arms with 6axis and a maximum reach of 3.2 meters are used. The 7th axis is a track of 9 meters resulting in a large printbed volume of approx. 170 m3.

High capacity Extruder
A high capacity industrial extruder with the flexibility of a robot; our unique extruder system allows it to be mounted directly on our robot arm. A powerful motor drives the extrusion system bringing with it a capacity of 10 kg/hr, upgradeable to 15 kg/hr. 6 PID controlled temperature zones give fine control over the temperature profile giving the resulting products better material quality. Our system has also been designed and develop to give very fine and accurate control of print line thicknesses and heights. The FGF system is capable for processing temperatures up till 350ºC.

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
Here is where the magic happens. The control system for robot and extruder are based on ABB IRC5 controllers and Siemens Industrial PLCs but have been vastly integrated and upgraded by Aectual to bring better motion control, print queue control and smart features allowing the printing system to become more and more autonomous. The system handles, checks and communicates with AEC_ERP for the management of print queues and print data. The whole system can be easily monitored and controlled online.

User Interface
An easy to use interface for running and controlling prints allows minimal time to be spent per print allowing 1 operator to run a number of print robots. Within 2 days an operator can be fully trained to begin using the robots for production.

Digital factory = Smart Learning
The complete digitalisation of the design and production process means that there is no longer a need for cumbersome interchanges and data exchanges from design to production team. Everything can be simulated and tested beforehand to reduce any errors and solve problems before they occur. All data and results are monitored and carefully brought together in a fully searchable, easy to access database. The work area is a paperless, accurate and efficient production factory.

Aectual 3D printers in your workshop or factory
We offer a complete industrial hardware and control setup. Robot, extruder, controllers & material processing systems on a hardware level, and proprietary software which interfaces and seamlessly integrates all the components that the system is comprised of. Get in touch for more information.

6 axis robot
Power: 2.2KW
Avg speed: 100-200 mm/s
Temperature zones: 6
Temperature range: 80-350°C
Controls: Industrial PLC
Communications: Profinet
Connectivity::Industrial Ethernet
Max reach: 3.2 m
Track size: 9m
Print bed tech: selflevelling
Material: pellets
Material processing: Dryer
Material supply: Automatic
Material range: (Bio)ThermoPlastics up to 350°C processing (eg. PP, HDPE, LDPE, PET, ABS, PLA, PC, etc.)

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