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Phoenix invests in powerful new 3D printer

April 07th, 2020

The installation of the new 3D printer at Phoenix Tapware’s Melbourne HQ is testament to the company’s commitment to innovation. 

The award-winning Design team at Phoenix Tapware is set to take its design and engineering prowess to new heights thanks to the installation of a new 3D printer, which will significantly expand Phoenix’s in-house development capabilities.

Spearheaded by some of the best and brightest minds in the industry, the Phoenix R&D team – based in Melbourne – manage and control the design, technology and performance of each and every product.

They will now utilise the 3D Systems ProJet MJP 5600 MultiJet 3D printer, which is a multi- material composite printer that creates amazingly realistic, functional prototypes, in both their design and engineering processes to take products from concept to reality.

The printer, one of only two in Australia, can print in more than 100 composite combinations of material providing the ability to produce an astonishing range of material properties from the softest elastomers to the most rigid of thermoplastics. It also delivers ready-to-use parts at print speeds up to 2x faster than similar printers.

“Our first 3D printer has been an incredibly useful tool that has increased our productivity and substantially reduced our time to market,” explains John Hoogendoorn, Creative Design Manager at Phoenix.

“Now, with the new printer, we are able to build even larger parts more accurately and most importantly in multiple materials.”

The new printer also allows the team to print rubber gaskets and parts in clear materials so they can water test during the development process and confirm theoretical flow analysis of new designs.

The printer is a significant investment for the company and part of Phoenix’s ongoing mission for continual innovation.