3D printing as a future-oriented subject
A deep understanding of complex materials, a newly developed print head and an innovative procedural principle. The perspective is spot-on: we develop elastomer-based granules for additive production. The three-dimensional design of playground surfaces is only the beginning.
Melos: 3D printing for sophisticated solutions – the art of engineering that shapes the future!
Melos: comprehensive know-how of printing technology and materials
3D printing has grown and the variety of applications will massively increase in the coming years. To maximally exhaust potentials, optimal interaction of printing technology and printable materials is required. At Melos, we are diligently working on a specialisation on the paste printing of the most diverse materials. Our new print head combines various methods of additive production using the now wide-spread FFF process (Fused Filament Fabrication) for orientation.
Melos 3D printing: the future will be interdisciplinary
The Melos team is fascinated by the possibilities of 3D printing. We are open to new ideas from all industries and today are already developing concrete solutions from ideas developed in cooperation with chemists, engineers, industrial designers and architects.
In some sense, we are still at the beginning, but we have our goals: design elements for property projects and self-supporting architecture. Construction and insulation materials. Colourful 3D figures that enrich playgrounds and theme parks. Challenging prototyping, quick and efficient. Large 3D bodies with complex internal geometries. And maybe, in the near future, living structures on the moon and on Mars. Advantage of paste printing: unlimited material compositions.
Melos material and technical competence: unlimited variety
The elastomer-based granule is preprocessed into a highly viscous paste using a special binder. The granule structure can vary depending on the requirements. Granule size, shape and size distribution of the solids influence the printing process and are exactly correlated for each project.
The nozzle diameter allows a distinctly higher print efficiency with large-volume components. Special chemistry with reaction accelerator is used for quick material curing after nozzle exit. It is conceivable that the paste printing principle can be transferred to materials such as wood, sand or glass.
The procedure allows efficient productions of larger solids. The target market is for structures with a volume of preferably more than 1 cubic meter. Current application areas are mainly playground figures as well as mould construction, where difficult geometries can be simply modelled accordingly using 3D printing.