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RS Components introduces new MakerBot Method 3D Printer for rapid prototyping applications

Bridging the gap between desktop and industrial printers, latest MakerBot machine delivers outstanding reliability and precision and a fast print speed

LONDON, UK, 23 July 2019 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions, today announced it is shipping the latest version of the MakerBot 3D printer – the MakerBot Method (https://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/computing-peripherals/3d-printing-scanning/3d-printers/?applied-dimensions=4293418680,4291317524) – which has been designed to bridge the gap between industrial and desktop 3D printing. The unit targets engineers and designers who use 3D modelling software and need to create product prototypes rapidly for a range of purposes, such as to accelerate product development or to ensure the viability of parts before moving to volume production.

A key feature of the Method is its fast printing speed, which is up to two times faster than other popular desktop 3D printers, based on a range of tests using the same layer height and in-fill density settings. Use of the printer can save days or potentially weeks compared to the time taken to outsource prototyping via other additive manufacturing methods or CNC machining, for example.

Another major advantage is the unit’s industrial reliability and precision: for example, the Method has a circulating heated chamber, which controls the heat of each layer and delivers a dimensional accuracy of ±0.2mm, as well as improved layer adhesion and greater part strength. The unit also has a structurally optimised ultra-rigid metal frame that runs the full length of the body, which leads to more consistent prints with better part accuracy and fewer failures, as well as offsetting flexing or warping of printed objects.

The Method also comes with dual high-performance extruders, which offer lengthened thermal cores and optimised torque to maximise the material flow rate at high speeds. In addition, it has an industry-leading suite of sensors with a network of 21 intelligent devices embedded throughout to deliver enhanced control over the printing process.

Other specifications include: layer resolution from 400 down to 20 microns; maximum build volumes of 19x19x19.6cm for single- and 15.2x19x19.6cm for dual-extrusion processes; and connectivity options including WiFi, Ethernet or USB drive.

Also supplied with the printer is high-precision material from MakerBot, including a spool of ‘Tough’ and a spool of ‘Precision Dissolving PVA’, which enables the easy removal of support material without compromising part design or dimensional accuracy.

The printer comes with a 12-month warranty and is compatible with a range of leading CAD software packages including SolidWorks, Autodesk, CATIA, Rhino and TinkerCAD.

The MakerBot Method is now shipping from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

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About RS Components
RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we ship more than 50,000 parcels a day.

We support customers across the product life cycle, whether via innovation and technical support at the design phase, improving time to market and productivity at the build phase, or reducing purchasing costs and optimising inventory in the maintenance phase. We offer our customers tailored product and service propositions that are essential for the successful operation of their businesses and help them save time and money.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2019 reported revenue of £1.88 billion. Electrocomponents has seven operating brands: RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark, IESA and Monition.

For more information on RS, please visit the website at https://uk.rs-online.com/web/.

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