NXT Factory, a pioneer in the development of Quantum Laser Sintering (QLS™), unveiled two new 3D production platforms for additive molding. The company unveiled the two models at Formnext 2018 and they are slated for early access to customers during the first half of 2019.
Priced at $80,000, the QLS-250 can deliver twice the print speed of traditional laser sintering systems and comes with a removable build chamber for independently controlled cool down. The QLS-350 can deliver 4X the print speed of traditional laser sintering and a comparable print speed to Multi-Jet Fusion printers and is priced at $120,000. The QLS-350 is equipped with an autonomously guided build chamber for fully automated, 24/7 operation.
"We are excited to showcase our first 3D production platform at Formnext 2018," said Jakub (Kuba) Graczyk, Co-founder and CEO, NXT Factory. "While today's laser sintering systems are recognized for their production-grade thermoplastic properties, we find them to be too slow," continued Graczyk. "Recognizing this opportunity, we are pulling out all the stops to ensure that our first two 3D production systems - the QLS 250 and QLS 350 - are both cognitive and connected, harnessing fundamental Industry 4.0 capabilities such as big data, cloud computing and sensoring."
"We are developing proprietary deep-learning algorithms to make real-time predictive and prescriptive choices that are designed to optimize the build performance and deliver the best available parameters," said Tomasz Cieszyński, Co-founder and CTO, NXT Factory. "It's like cognitive mold-flow for injection molding, but designed specifically for real-time, free-form additive manufacturing."
"We are in good company," said Avi Reichental, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of NXT Factory. "Offering a real tool-less, scalable alternative to traditional injection molding is a blue ocean opportunity that traditional laser sintering and filament extrusion technologies can't effectively address. The immediate success of new additive technologies like Multi-Jet Fusion bodes well for our QLS™ system as the next step in additive manufacturing of thermoplastics at production speed and scale."