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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

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 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 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.

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.).

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 Hi-Res 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 Hi-Res 3SP an ideal option for a wide variety of applications.

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.

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).

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 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-Model 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. It is also ideal for dental model applications.

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.

EnvisionTEC’s E-Model Flex is a highly accurate molding and final-use material with improved elongation at break. This material has high stability, with low shrinkage and low curling.

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.

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 ABS 3SP Tough is an extremely tough ABS-like 3D printing material for 3SP technology. ABS 3SP Tough is an ideal solution for a wide variety of applications including snap-fit items and assembly applications, which require some elasticity.

EnvisionTEC‘s ABS TRU 3SP is a close match for standard ABS, making it an ideal solution for a wide variety of applications including snap-fit items and assembly applications which require some elasticity.

The EnvisionTEC ABS 3SP White material is a fast-growing, tough material with similar characteristics to ABS plastic. ABS 3SP White builds quickly and finishes easily.

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

E-Tool 3SP material allows manufacturers to 3D print molds for thermoplastic injection molding quickly and efficiently. It is ideal for low volume production runs or for the creation of multiple iterations of a mold during the prototyping phase. 3D printing molds using E-Tool 3SP is much faster and more cost-effective than traditional aluminum tooling.

EnvisionTEC’s newest 3SP® material, PolyPro MAX 3SP® is a tough and flexible photopolymer representation of polypropylene designed for 3D printing utilizing EnvisionTEC’s 3SP technology.

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.

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 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.