New Valence Robotics, the only provider of Built to Share™ automated 3D printing solutions, today announced that Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems, is relying on a network of NVBOTS’ NVPro 3D printers to speed product design, evaluate marketing concepts, and test assembly processes.
“We were using 3D printing on a limited basis, but our existing solution was poorly suited for a multi-user environment. It was difficult to use, time-consuming to manage, and unreliable. We were seeking an alternative, and were pleased to discover NVBOTS and the company’s NVPro platform,” said Hypertherm Engineering Manager Cliff Darrow. “We have deployed several NVPro’s together with the NVCloud software. By having multiple printers accessible through the cloud, Hypertherm associates can easily print parts more quickly. We are particularly impressed with the NVPro’s productivity and how easy it is to manage. The unique automated part removal is a game-changer, as we now have printers that can operate 24x7 without an attendant. Our administrators and users also appreciate the easy queue management, and the ability to use remote video monitoring to check on part status. The NVPro has made a significant impact on business operations.”
Built to Share™, the NVPro offers the only automated part removal in the industry. It is paired with NVCloud software that allows users to print parts anytime, from any cloud-connected device – while providing administrators with full control of print queues and workflows typical in a shared-use scenario. This combination of capabilities makes the NVPro uniquely suited for continuous, 24-7 operation in multi-user environments.
To date, Hypertherm has four NVPro 3D printers in operation, with more than 100 associates using the printers to produce more than 50 parts per week. Since broad adoption of additive manufacturing across the company was a priority for Hypertherm, the sharing capability, cloud-connection, and high throughput design of the printers were significant selling points for Hypertherm. Based on the success the company has already experienced with the NVPro, Hypertherm plans to take advantage of new 3D printer advancements coming out of NVBOTS, including multi-metal 3D printing technology being developed at its NVLABS division.
“Industry leaders such as Hypertherm are increasingly turning to NVBOTS to speed the production of 3D printed parts,” said NVBOTS CEO Duncan McCallum. “We are proud to count Hypertherm as one of our customers and we are excited to provide them with new 3D printing capabilities in the months to come.”