BOSTON—Manufacturing services provider American Banknote Corporation (ABCorp) recently added new 3D printing capabilities at its Boston-based Center of Excellence, the company said in a release.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of automated inspection from SolutionIX, and industrial dyeing from Girbau, to complement ABCorp’s lineup of cutting-edge technology in our Boston, Massachusetts-based Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC),” said William Brown, CEO of ABCorp., in the release.
The Additive Manufacturing Center is located in ABCorp’s highly secure 125,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. It is powered by multiple HP 3D print engines, including Jet Fusion 5210 industrial systems and Jet Fusion 580 full-color 3D printers. Available materials are reported to include HP 3D High Reusability PA 12; BASF Ultrasint® TPU01; HP 3D High Reusability PP, enabled by BASF; and full-color HP 3D High Reusability CB PA 12. ABCorp also offers finishing with AMT’s PostPro3D smoothing system, according to the release.
The SolutionIX C500 with GeoMagic ControlX software is an automated inspection and reverse engineering system that reportedly scans with an accuracy down to 0.01mm and streamlines first article inspections (FAI). The Girbau DY130 is a turnkey automated dyeing system that delivers consistent color for MJF parts. These new capabilities are said to enable ABCorp to better calibrate part tolerances for exacting applications and deliver a more customized end product.
“Similar to qualifying an injection mold, we can dial in the MJF 5210 process to a customer’s needs through printing, inspecting, and modifying the model, and deliver unparalleled part quality in a highly secure environment,” said Neil Glazebrook, vice president of 3D Solutions at ABCorp., in the release. “And dyeing is an industry staple for MJF parts but can be messy and inconsistent. The Girbau DY130 allows us to offer an automated dyeing system with superior and consistent quality at a competitive price.”
ABCorp is a manufacturing services company with a legacy tracing back more than two centuries through American Bank Note Company, which is said to have helped the newly established First Bank of the United States design and produce better, more counterfeit-resistant currency. Today, ABCorp designs, manufactures, and personalizes contactless credit cards and also 3D prints highly detailed, functional prototypes and production parts, the company said.