Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) and New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS) introduced SAAM (Small Area Additive Manufacturing), an industrial 3-D printer at FabTech 2016. SAAM is powered by NVBOTS and uses fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology to 3D-print plastic parts directly from a CAD design.
Designed as a complement to CI’s BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing), the system allows designers to prove-out part designs while saving material and time. Once the design has been validated for form and functionality on SAAM, the same CAD files are leveraged to produce larger full-scale parts on BAAM.
The SAAM system offers automated part removal and is paired with NVCloud software that allows users to print parts anytime, from any cloud-connected device – while providing administrators with full control of workflows typical in a shared-use scenario.