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Calibrated in Detroit —

In many ways, EnvisionTEC was born out of the U.S. automotive industry. Company founder and CEO, Al Siblani, an engineer, began his career in the 3D printing industry placing the first Helisys lamination machines at Ford, GM and Chrysler before coming up with an idea for a better 3D printer using DLP technology in the late 1990s.

EnvisionTEC 3D printers are used for automotive, aerospace and general manufacturing needs. From prototyping and design verification to mass customization and injection molding.Today, EnvisionTEC’s headquarters remains in Detroit — in a former Ford Motor Co. building based in Dearborn, actually — and the company continues to enjoy close ties with automotive OEM and suppliers worldwide.

Part of the reason that relationship continues is because EnvisionTEC has dedicated itself to developing new 3D printers and materials that are heat-resistant, impact-resistant, capable of being used in injection molding, flexible enough for snap-fit applications and just plain durable.

Bill Schroer, who retired from Ford Motor Co. after 30 years, is a top engineer at EnvisionTEC.

Bill Schroer, who retired from Ford Motor Co. after 30 years, is a top engineer at EnvisionTEC.

EnvisionTEC also employs many engineers who previously worked directly in the automotive industry, who are constantly advocating for the needs of the sector. In fact, our seasoned engineering team in Dearborn has more than 60 combined years of experience working directly for OEMs in Metro Detroit.

That’s why automotive companies continue to use our 3D printers and materials for prototypes, design verification, auto show parts, jigs, fixtures, fasteners, molds and more.

Why do automotive customers love our technology? EnvisionTEC’s smooth, accurate 3D builds mean little to no hand finishing. What’s more, our industrial machines are affordable to operate and maintain, incredibly reliable and backed by outstanding support.

Breakthrough Material Development

In 2017, EnvisionTEC is launching E-Model, a breakthrough material for the automotive, aerospace and general manufacturing market. Its low viscosity means that the material is highly flexible and can handle thin-walled projects up the biggest, bulky parts. E-Model, which is available in five colors, is also so accurate — and stays so true through curing — that our dental customers use it for precision model work.

How E-Model compares.

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3D Printers for the Automotive Industry

A great manufacturing option for a wide variety of consumer and automotive applications, the ULTRA 3SP provides 100 µm (0.004 in.) resolution and a build size of up to 9013 cubic cm (550 cubic in).

The Perfactory 4 LED XXL offers the highest accuracy and best resolution in the vat polymerization market. It also includes the most powerful and cost-efficient light source. All this, plus the largest build envelope available in a DLP 3D printer.

The Perfactory 4 Mini XL LED Series uses a custom LED light system for extremely high resolution results. This new LED system is more powerful and efficient than other light projector systems on the market. As such, it offers a variety of benefits, such as lower operating costs and crisper black-white contrast between pixels, which means even better final part detail.

The UV Light Curing Box for ULTRA 3SP and Xtreme 3SP is a UV light flood lamp for the post-processing of UV sensitive curing resins for industrial, dental, medical, and other applications.

The UV Light Curing Box for Xede 3SP is a UV light flood lamp for the post-processing of UV sensitive curing resins for industrial and consumer goods applications. 

EnvisionTEC's largest 3SP option, the Xede 3SP produces excellent prototype and production parts with a build area up to 95,045 cubic cm (5800 cubic in.) and a resolution of 100 µm (0.004 in.).

For those in need of a large build area and a higher resolution of 50 µm (0.002 in.), the Xtreme 3SP HD is the ideal solution. From prototypes to production parts, the Xtreme 3SP HD provides excellent surface finish and detail.

The Xtreme 3SP's large build area and high speed make it an ideal choice for service bureau or OEM applications in automotive and aerospace. It has a resolution of 100 µm (0.004 in.), excellent surface finish, and a build area of up to 29,497 cubic cm (1800 cubic in.).

The Vector HD 3SP is ideal for those who need large parts up to 30,316 cubic cm (1850 cubic in.) with a resolution of 50.8 µm (0.002 in.). High detail parts with smooth surface finishes make the Vector HD 3SP an ideal option for a wide variety of applications.

The Vector 3SP provides excellent surface finish and speed with a build size of up to 30,316 cubic cm (1850 cubic in.) to produce everything from concept models to functional parts in 100 µm (0.004 in.) resolution.

The ULTRA 3SP HD provides the same excellent surface finish and speed as the original ULTRA 3SP, but adds an incredible 50 µm (0.002 in.) resolution capability to your builds.

The first and only industrial thermoplastic reinforced woven composite printer on the market today, the SLCOM 1 has a build envelope of up to 762 x 610 x 610 mm (30 x 24 x 24 in.) and is ideal for aerospace, automotive, and many other applications.

A wise investment to help protect high value 3D printers and their print jobs, the EnvisionTEC PPS DLP EU is designed to protect the Micro Plus and Vida families of 3D printers from voltage fluctuations, power outages and other noise issues and provide a consistent supply of energy.

A wise investment to help protect high value 3D printers and their print jobs, the EnvisionTEC PPS DLP is designed to protect the Micro Plus and Vida families of 3D printers from voltage fluctuations, power outages and other noise issues and provide a consistent supply of energy.

3D Printing Materials for the Automotive Industry

EnvisionTEC‘s ABS Flex White 3SP is an extremely flexible ABS-like 3D printing material for 3SP technology. ABS Flex White is an ideal solution for a wide variety of applications including snap-fit items and assembly applications which require some elasticity.

E-Model is a tough material, suitable for high quality prototypes of items in categories such as automotive and consumer goods as well as stable enough for production-quality end use parts. It is also the ideal material for dental and orthodontic models.

EnvisionTEC’s E-CE is a stiff, heat-resistant, high-performance dual-cure material that also offers chemical resistance. It is perfect for industrial products that require thermal stability such as electronics encasements and under-the-hood parts.

EnvisionTEC’s E-Poxy is a partially biosourced, tough, dual-cure material that delivers strong, thin-walled final products. E-Poxy offers a good relationship between flexibility, hardness and heat resistance that is also ideal for connectors, among other objects.

E-Rigid PU is a polyurethane-like resin that 3D prints end-use and prototype parts that compete with injection molded plastics. Available in black, natural and white, E-Rigid PU is hard and stiff but also maintains good strength, marked by flexibility and impact resistance. With a hardness value of Shore D 80, the same value as a cast urethane plastic, E-Rigid PU is a versatile and tough material. E-Rigid PU is ideal for end-use and prototype applications that may have previously used ABS, nylon or urethane plastics, such as casings for handheld devices, snap-fit or consumer and sporting goods.

This advanced, engineering-grade material delivers large castable patterns and functional prototypes with best-in-class accuracy and surface finish. FormCast is formulated for use on EnvisionTEC's 3SP family of printers.

This advanced engineering-grade material is a polyurethane-like material that produces a final material with soft Shore A values of 40 or 80 depending on your needs.  E-Shore A is a material developed for end-use applications such as footwear, sporting goods, and other uses requiring durability, comfort and flexibility. 

E-RigidForm is a polyurethane-like resin that 3D prints strong, hard and stiff parts that can be used for prototypes and end use.   Available in translucent amber, gray and black, E-RigidForm has high tensile strength (68-73 MPa) that compares with acrylic, nylon 6 and polycarbonate.  It also delivers good heat deflection and water resistance. With a hardness value of Shore D 87, the same value as a cast urethane plastic, E-RigidForm is a versatile and tough material that is ideal for a wide range of industrial and consumer applications.

The latest breakthrough in extremely durable photopolymers for use in producing very accurate parts with high feature detail on EnvisionTEC’s 3D printers. With added stability and surface quality, this material produces parts with high impact resistance similar to thermoplastics.

EnvisionTEC’s E-Glass 2.0 material is a transparent material for use on EnvisionTEC's 3D Printers. Featuring excellent surface finish quality and feature resolution, E-Glass 2.0 is an ideal 3D printing solution for simulating clear plastics.

ABS Hi-Impact 3SP is a tough material, suitable for high quality prototypes of items in categories such as automotive and consumer goods as well as stable enough for production-quality end use parts.

High temperature molding material for non-metal masters dramatically changes 3D printing capabilities for manufacturers. With a heat deflection temperature of 140°C straight out of the machine, high definition parts printed in HTM140 can be directly vulcanized in rubber, eliminating the need for a metal master.

Now available in beta, E-Tool 2.0 is filled with Barium Borosilicate Glass, known for its heat and chemical resistance, to deliver injection molds that can withstand high heat and pressure. Combined with EnvisionTEC’s 3D printing technologies, E-Tool 2.0 delivers highly accurate tooling with an exceptionally smooth surface finish.