Large build volume
As with any other BigRep-branded 3D printer, the most eye-catching attribute of the BigRep Pro has to be its gargantuan build volume of 1080 x 980 x 960 mm. This should give you the flexibility to print objects of any size and to also print dozens of smaller items simultaneously.
The Pro has an insulated, fully enclosed metal frame that provides stable temperature control, as well as glass doors that allow users to watch the 3D printing process unfold. This helps ensure the printing process goes off without a hitch, while also protecting the filament from any outside influences.
Insulated filament cabinet
When printing with industrial-grade materials, you want to make sure your filaments are well looked after. The Pro protects up to four precious spools of filament in a special, humidity-controlled filament chamber boasting air circulation fans to keep the temperature even.
While size is certainly a major factor when considering a BigRep machine, the new proprietary Metering Extruder Technology (MXT) is what sets the BigRep Pro apart from other large-format options. This extruder system is designed to give a clear separation between filament feeding, melting and extrusion. In having this separation, the user should have full control over the amount of filament and speed of the extruder.
The Pro is equipped with either two of the MXT modular extrusion heads or one MXT and an Advanced Capability Extruder (ACE) extrusion head. (The ACE, claims BigRep, is capable of printing up to 60% faster than its standard extruders.)
CNC Control system
The other performance-enhancing feature found in the BigRep Pro is the newly implemented state-of-the-art CNC control systems and drives by Bosch Rexroth, one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies. Coupled with the MXT technology, the German-engineered 3D printer should provides increased print speed, higher precision, and higher quality parts for industrial applications.
Semi-automatic bed leveling
Circling back to the build chamber, the BigRep Pro has a heated print bed mounted with polyimide foil, which should improve the overall material adhesion. It’s also equipped with an inductive sensor that allows for semi-automatic bed leveling. Even before the loaded filament is extruded, it should stay in tippy-top condition thanks to the built-in temperature-controlled spool chamber.