The Tractus range of 3D printers from The Netherlands is considered right at the top for industrial and signage use. Represented here by Jetmark, they are well supported with branches in every state, territory and in New Zealand and cover a huge range of sizes all the way up to 2.1 metres in height.
The Tractus 3D range from Jetmark, the exclusive distributor of Tractus 3D printers in Australia and New Zealand, really makes ideas come to life.
Tractus 3D technology has a wide range of builds and sizes to suit multiple applications, including sign channel letters for example. There are three categories of Tractus 3D:
- The Peek Series starts from a build volume of 200mm diameter x 285 height to 300 diameter x 380 height.
- The Desk Series starts from 200mm diameter x 285 height to 370mm diameter x 550mm (up to 1450mm) height.
- The Large Volume (Life Size) build extends to 2100mm height.
All Tractus 3D printers are faster and higher resolution than most other 3D printers. They are easy to install and operate and are delivered ready to print. Field upgradeability is another advantage.
All-round Sign companies such as Germany’s Styles Werbetechnik are benefitting from Tractus 3D technologies. Channel letters are one of the focus points of Styles Werbetechnik. Channel letters come in all kinds of sizes, shapes and materials. They are usually made of aluminium or plastics, can be painted or unpainted, and come with or without lighting. In other words, they come in a wide variety of designs, shapes and materials. Styles was looking for an all-round solution.
Styles needed a futureproof system that would allow them to manufacture profile letters in various thicknesses, shapes and materials and, if possible, to do so using a single production method. After a thorough research period, the 3D printing process emerged as a future-proof and modern solution. Next, a test phase was started with the Tractus3D T1250. It quickly became clear that the pilot tests, showed that the first production run of channel letters could already be installed.
Additionally, the highest possible standards regarding the surface finish and the materials used were pursued and achieved. To Styles, it proved: “the arrival of 3D printing” for signage and profile letters.
Tractus3D printers are without constraints in the design and manufacturing of profile letters. Difficult shapes, serifs, sharp angles or other design elements can be easy realised, whereas conventional production processes quickly reach their limits; for example the depths usually start at 60mm. 3D printing can confidently start producing from 30mm depth, illuminated without having to resort to expensive molded 30mm opal glass. Since the 3D printers don’t need to be watched during the process, it can also run unmanned at night and on weekends, making sure the production time is much faster.
Of course, Tractus3D is not only for signage but can also be used for industrial components, prototyping and a wide variety of R&D – opening up new markets for sign companies. Other areas include: engineering, agriculture, medical & prosthetics, fashion (mannequin displays), automotive, aerospace, architectural, furniture and the education sector.
For Germany’s Styles Webetechnik, switching to Tractus3D has delivered five key benefits:
- Saving personnel costs: Once set up, the 3D-Printer runs autonomously and results in lower cost of labour in production as compared to the usual production methods.
- Cost of material: the costs are significantly lower, due to the lower base price of the material and reducing waste of material to almost 0%.
- Time saving: 3D Printers like the Tractus3D Printers are professional machines, designed to run effortless 24/7, this means the printer can run day and night and on weekends. Tractus3D printers can work unattended.
- Depending on shape and form, customers can find signage letters and parts about 30% cheaper, than usual.
- The ROI is very fast. For Styles this meant that 3D printing is the way to go and is a future-orientated and cost-saving production process.