3D printer

Made in Finland

Innovator 2

miniFactory Innovator 2 will be launched at the TCT Show 2017 in Birmingham, UK.

miniFactory Innovator

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The next generation of 3D printers: the miniFactory.
High-quality components and technology to match machining centres give even larger pieces precise dimensional accuracy. The massive printing tray enables to print large pieces.

Sealed casing and innovative activated carbon filter for the exhaust air ensure that the product is safe to use.

A visual control panel makes using the Innovator easy.

A reliable choice for a professional.

miniFactory 3

In its price range, the miniFactory 3 offers the world's most precise 3D prints. The sturdy metal frame makes the product durable and high-quality. Its compact size makes it possible to position it easily in a classroom or a work desk.

MiniFactory 3 is the most popular 3D printer in Finland, available already in more than 700 educational institutions and companies.

Perfect for professional and educational use.

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How does desktop 3D printing add value to your business?

3D printers can offer completely novel competitive advantages for business in many different areas. 3D printing is already being utilised by companies comprehensively, and the number of applications continues to increase as the level of knowledge and skills rises. Many have admitted that the 3D printer has become their company’s new multi-tool and coping without it would be difficult to imagine.

 

3D printers by miniFactory have found their place in companies of all sizes and in various industries. However, in most cases, there is a common trait: design and/or manufacture of own products. Thus, a 3D printer can bring value added to product development, production process optimization, sales and marketing support, and small series production of various merchandise.

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PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Those involved in product development know that in most cases, the possibility to test a component, assembly, or joint before ordering the actual prototype or even product series would be an unquestionable advantage. A 3D printer can often confirm the designer’s expectations in only a few hours, which means that the actual design work is not halted while waiting for the prototype, and product features can be tested in practice. When creating something new, human errors are commonplace, and even the high-quality simulation tools provided by 3D modelling software do not always reveal everything. In addition, the feel, shape, or ergonomics of a product can only be tested using the real item.

 

Furthermore, 3D printing makes possible the so-called blank-free design, in which case a problem can be addressed using several solution alternatives and development continued based on the best solution. Outside the box-problem solving and brainstorming can enrich an already existing solution with new features or enhance it in an entirely new way. Testing new ideas using a 3D printer is easy and quick, since the prototype costs constitute only a fraction as compared to prototypes manufactured using conventional methods, and the designer can often test the prototype the very next day.

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SMALL SERIES PRODUCTION

Introduction of new products to market is a challenging task due to high development and production expenses. In most cases, moulds are required for plastic products manufacture – because of this, if there is no guaranteed immediate sales success, mould-related costs amounting to thousands of euro constitute a great risk to the entire business operation. A 3D printer enables small series production; products can be manufactured in much smaller numbers and the market demand tested before making large-scale investments. Making minor changes in products based on customer feedback is a common practice; thus, instead of the traditional approach of making a new and expensive mould, the changes required can be made in the 3D model and the next batch produced. After the product has been found to be functional and the demand for it verified, the traditional mass production methods are the correct choice for large-scale manufacture.

 

If the demand for a product amounts to 100 pc. per year, for example, the possibilities offered by 3D printing need to be considered as a highly cost-efficient production method. It gives the freedom to make changes to a product at any time, and the products need not be stored in great numbers but can be produced as required.

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SALES & MARKETING

A customer is unlikely to get a feel of products offered based on mere CAD or 2D images. An actual item always says more than a thousand words – if the customer can hold the product offered in his or her hands, arriving to the purchasing decision is considerably easier. 3D printing is the only cost-efficient manufacturing method by which different revisions of a product still in the development stage can be checked. For a company, the human resources involved in 3D printing are quite modest, which means that the resulting value added is very high. The product versions developed are easy to test on the customers and the feedback received can be used to develop even better products.

 

Presentation of large products at fairs or other customer meetings is a challenging task. 3D printed miniature models are an excellent aid to assist in presentation of product functionalities and features, regardless of the product involved.

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PRODUCTION PROCESS

Various customized parts are often required in production, from small fasteners to different assembly jigs. Products tailored to the customers’ needs may require components unavailable or of unique size/shape. A 3D printer can offer production-related solutions that people only used to dream about before. From the viewpoint of manufacture, modular products are often useless, but 3D printing allows ignoring this, if required, and proceeding from the customer’s needs. In addition, making of customized tools (and sleeves, for example) is possible. You can 3D print your own tools needed to reach limited spaces or nozzles of the exact angle and type required.

 

By printing out a prototype of the finished product, planning and testing of the package can be started at the same time with product design.

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