A New Wave of 3D-printers?
If reactivity is key, then why limit yourself to a single family of materials? Additive manufacturing (AM) machines provide a unique opportunity to innovate and provide cost-efficient solutions to real-world problems. However, most 3D-printers remain constrained by the fact that they only print with one type of material – may it be thermoplastic, metal or (but never and) ceramics. Lynxter – a French start-up and AM machine manufacturer – challenges the status quo and provides a solution to the problem.
Make it smarter – versatility enables reactivity
Versatility unlocks the full potential of additive manufacturing, according to Thomas Batigne, CEO and co-founder of Lynxter: “How do you develop and fix everything with one single type of material? You don’t. It’s too limiting, reality is more complex than that. You’ll always need different materials for different jobs. That’s why we created the S600D. We wanted something performative, modular, and versatile”. The S600D is a professional desktop 3D-printer which is capable of printing silicone, ceramics, and thermoplastic – all on one single machine. Thomas Batigne explains,
Our ‘tool heads’ differentiates us from other manufacturers on the market. They allow the user to switch between different processes – filament, pates, and liquids – without changing machine. That’s unique on the industrial market”Thomas Batigne, CEO and co-founder of Lynxter
The innovative solution comes with a digital inventory software which makes it easy for the user to print off-the-shelf spare parts in a wide range of different materials. The reactivity and versatility of the S600D put an end to high transportation costs and supply-chain bottlenecks: “This is what 3D-printers promised to provide back in the days. Now it is finally here. Reactive, low-cost manufacturing and cutting-edge innovation – all in one click”.
Give me a problem and I’ll find a solution
The S600D gives Lynxter a unique opportunity to engage in a wide range of projects with different topics. Thomas smiles and adds: “Give me a problem and I’ll find a solution. The machine extrudes everything. I once printed and cooked a cookie in it”. More commonly, the S600D is used for prototyping and manufacturing of complex parts in the industry.
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Lynxter is one of the pioneers within silicone 3D-printing: “Silicone 3D-printing is relatively new to the industry. We are one of the first and only machine manufacturers to offer precise and reliable deposition of both mono- and bicomponent silicone”. Silicone is an interesting range of materials because it is elastic, waterproof, airtight and offers impact and dust protection. The silicone solution enables industries to manufacture complex joints, unique protection pads, and medical devices such as transplants and hearing aids. Soft robotics is another field that’ll benefit hugely from the innovation.
With the Lynxter’s newly developed paste tool head, the S600D is able to print everything from artsy pottery and coffee cups to ceramic filters, electric insolation and high-temperature resistant parts. The aerospace industry is an important customer, but not the only one – Thomas Batigne explains: “We’ve recently been asked to develop a method that allows museums to 3D-print replications of old artefacts. Thanks to our 3D-printer, their guests will soon be able to feel and touch the objects they are watching”.
Rapid prototyping is a classic, but manufacturers within aerospace, automobile, and defense & space increasingly use 3D-printers to produce complex structures and unique parts. Why wait for a spare part when you can print it from your own workshop? More recently, Lynxter used their machines to print face shields:“We’ve printed and provided more than 25.000 face shields to our hospitals and working professionals. The reactivity of 3D-printing enabled us to provide an innovative and cost-efficient solution within a few days”.
Lynxter – open, modular and versatile
Lynxter is a French start-up company founded by three engineering students in 2016. Their modular machine – the S600D – was released in 2018. The S600D is a professional desktop 3D-printer with interchangeable tool heads. The modularity and versatility allow the user to print with a wide range of different materials – including thermoplastics, silicone, and ceramics. The S600D is mainly used by industries, universities, laboratories, aeronautical and pharmaceutical groups.