3D printers cut lead times at prototyping specialist

15th November 2017
Posted By : Mick Elliott
3D printers cut lead times at prototyping specialist

Paragon Rapid Technologies says it has become the only service provider in the UK to have two industry-leading NEO800 3D printers from RP Support. The UK-manufactured machines use the Stereolithography process to produce prototype parts with superior side wall quality and unrivalled build definition.

Utilising the latest variable laser technology, build speed is optimised and surface finishing requirements are reduced by up to 50%, resulting in significantly quicker lead times. The NEO800 also offers a larger build platform than comparable systems at 800mm x 800mm x 600mm, for bigger one-piece models.

Following the successful installation of its first NEO800 last summer, the introduction of Paragon’s second machine underpins its commitment to delivering precision components to its growing client base, whether it’s for prototypes or as master patterns for its downstream production processes.

As 3D print specialists, this growth in capacity followed the refurbished of Paragon’s Additive Manufacturing suite at its Darlington-based head office, which now houses six SLA machines, three SLS Sinterstations and a Carbon M2 printer for production parts.

“The industry is constantly pushing the boundaries of 3D print performance, with users looking for more economical ways of producing their parts and products. We’ve found that our NEO 800 machines are far exceeding expectations in terms of build definition.” said Phil Adamson, Managing Director at Paragon.

Both NEO800 machines are running WaterShed 11122, resin of choice to achieve clear, durable and water-resistant ABS-like parts with high dimensional stability. WaterShed 11122 is also Class VI rated, which means it has passed biocompatibility protocols set by the US Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) for plastics and polymers used in medical devices or surgical equipment that may come into contact with human tissue.

The compounds approved are durable and resistant to environmental factors, highly protective, non-absorbent, and non-toxic. 


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