FELIXprinters: Accelerating industrial product development with FFF 3D printing

FELIXprinters is a FDM/FFF 3D printer manufacturer, based out of Veldhoven, the Netherlands, who recently ventured into large-format additive manufacturing with the Pro L and XL. Founded in 2011 the company operates out of its 350 square feet factory which contains over 60 3D printers, with there new systems designed to accelerate product development in a multitude of industries including automotive, architecture, and the food industry.

“You could say we’re the smallest international 3D printing company,” said Guillaume Feliksdal, co-founder and Director of FELIXprinters, during a tour of company’s site. “The Pro L and XL are the results of our customers’ demand for more flexible, large-scale 3D printing.” He continues. “We have over 40 resellers in 53 countries across six continents; These locations are asking to implement this technology at a more industrial-scale without compromising quality. Our new 3D printers are the response.”

Guillaume had been studying for his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) when he and his father Wilgo Feliksdal established FELIXprinters after using a DIY 3D printer kit to make a walking robot.

“Luckily, thanks to the RepRap movement, the initial FELIX 3D printers were iterated quickly. From then on, our machines have had a modular DNA. After we created the FELIX 3.0, our clients began to ask for a larger platform.”

The FELIXprinters team has developed its printers to ease the fears of companies “scared to implement additive manufacturing.” The Pro L and XL boast competitive prices as well as massive volumes of builds up to 144 liters. The company is working with notable brands such as TeslaBASFLockheed Martin, and Microsoft, and have sold over 5,000 3D printers worldwide.

Feliksdals also revealed a collaboration with “a leading global food company” on a large-scale custom 3D printer. According to Wilgo, the confidential food company sought FELIXprinters to develop an industrial food 3D printer capable of making paste into different edible structures.

Furthermore, FELIXprinters team is working on industrial-grade materials such as PEEK capability. “Our extrusion system is one of our USPs [Unique Selling Points] which enables accurate and advanced product development to our customers in education, automotive, architecture, and overall product design. The nozzles work together to realize whatever model it is 3D printing,” added Guillaume.

 

 

Vialva, Tia, et al. “FELIXprinters: Accelerating Industrial Product Development with FFF 3D Printing.” 3D Printing Industry, 2 Apr. 2019, 3dprintingindustry.com/news/felixprinters-accelerating-industrial-product-development-with-fff-3d-printing-152488/.