I’m looking at a secretive Israeli company called Fleximatter that seems to be developing an unusual 3D printing technology.
The company has a website, but shows very little if any information on their technology. However, based on some brief research, it appears that:
- They are developing a new 3D printer suitable for industrial use
- The 3D printer is of large size of 800 x 800 x 900mm
- It’s using a plastic extrusion process
- They seem to have a method of coloring layers, which isn’t unique but is interesting for large scale objects
- The are attempting to (or perhaps have) patent an extruder design that enables high speed 3D printing “incredibly fast extrusion”
- The extruder is apparently patented, but I could not find a reference
- They can print in flexible materials, as well as strong, rigid materials suitable for functional use
- The system includes some form of advanced software, perhaps cloud-based
- They’ve successfully received some funding from the Israel government in September 2015
- They operate an online shop (in Hebrew) selling colorful household objects most likely produced on their equipment
- They are hiring, specifically a senior backend software
As you can see, this sounds quite interesting. They’re attempting to develop a machine targeted at product prototypers, specifically for large sized objects.
It is unclear whether their system is for sale or whether it is to be used as a service. I’d certainly like to know more about this project.
But again, this also demonstrates that the world of 3D printing is certainly not stationary; there are people across the world developing new technologies and variants of older technologies, all trying to achieve progress in the space.