IED firms partners with BCN3D technology
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IED firms partners with BCN3D technology

The alliance of BCN3D technology firm, dedicated to the manufacture of 3D printers and the development of their own three-dimensional printing software from its headquarters in Castelldefels (Barcelona), with the IED Barcelona School of Design It has allowed access to this three-dimensional printing technology to the more than 1,400 students who annually study the different design studies in the fields of Fashion, Design, Visual Communication and Management & Design Strategies.

The incorporation of additive manufacturing in IED Barcelona in 2017, has provided students to quickly develop prototypes for their ideas in order to capture the full potential of the concept. After two years of experience with this technology, students have developed automobile concepts for 2035 cities, fashion accessories, models for future hospital environments or prototypes of objects made in collaboration with Artesans de Catalunya. For this purpose, the IED sought a solution for its Maker Lab such as 3D printing for prototyping and functional tests. From the Istituto Europeo di Design they chose to incorporate in their facilities two of thethree-dimensional printers of BCN3D: the Sigma and the Sigmax.

“The philosophy of FDI is based on a methodology based on learning by doing. Therefore, rapid prototyping takes a lot of importance. Especially in the discipline design, thanks to the new technologies that we have within reach, the creation of rapid prototypes allows to accelerate the creative processes. Students, during the design process, can quickly validate and materialize ideas through 3D printed models”, explains Raffaella Perrone, development director of the Design area of IED Barcelona.

“For BCN3D to be able to offer our 3D printers to universities and specialized educational centers, such as IED, means entering a strategic sector with which we want to continue working closely. Our philosophy as a technology firm that designs and manufactures its own three-dimensional printers in Barcelona is focused on helping universities and educational and creativity centers to correctly implement 3D printing and go hand in hand with strategic partners, as is the case of IED”, says Xavier Martínez Faneca, CEO of BCN3D.

Reduce model creation time and increase interactions

For IED students it is not so much about the cost of materials; It is the reduction in manufacturing time that really makes the difference. By not building the model through traditional methods, students can save quite a significant time.

In addition, having 3D printers in their workshop allows them to test more designs in a shorter period of time and also manage to perform several
iterations by design.

3D printers BCN3D in the Maker Lab of the IED Barcelona

The main reason why IED decided to invest in BCN3D printers for its Maker Lab was IDEX technology. IDEX is one of the most reliable technologies on the market when it comes to double extrusion technology. This is because the two extruders work independently when printing water soluble media or pieces of various materials. While an extruder prints, the second one is parked, preventing the dripping of molten plastic into the piece.

Conventional double extrusion printers have both extruders together, which can result in filament threads left in the part. IED Barcelona, through the use of 3D printing technologies, demonstrates how it can revolutionize the creative thinking of students.

Advantages of 3D printing vs. conventional manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has been present in the industry since the 1980s. It is not until the early 2000s that parts for end use are manufactured with this technology. However, the cost per piece was too high and there was no point in making short series with it. As of 2010, 3D printing is democratized and professional desktop 3D printers are available at an affordable price.

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