Colossus Printers

INDUSTRIAL LARGE-SCALE 3D PRINTER

Why Colossus?

Colossus is one of the world’s largest and most advanced Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF) printers. It is also the first fully integrated transportable 3D printing system. The Colossus printer is the first system designed with a special accent on materials for furniture, construction applications and large size 3D objects. Special attention is placed on being able to work with recycled materials, combining cutting-edge technology to give plastics a second life.

The Colossus Printer

KEY ATTRIBUTES

Size matters

Whilst one of the largest 3D printers of its kind, the Colossus machine is still fully customisable - meaning you can choose different technical options as well as the overall design to match your corporate identity.


Made for Materials

Thanks to Colossus Printers' strong partnership with a number of large chemical companies, they have been able to craft new materials specially modified for FGF printing. With already 8 materials tested and 10 compounds in development. Granules are consistently cheaper than filament and able to print at faster speeds.


Industrial-sized bed

With its huge size, the liquid heated print-bed features a vacuum system so you can easily remove and replace the plate, significantly reducing your downtime between prints.

Build volume of Colossus

Transportable Mini Factory

A box in a box. Colossus is the world’s first fully transportable manufacturing solution. The whole machine is integrated into a single shipping container, with no assembly or building required each time you transport the machine. Forget transport costs and keep your printer on the go, printing live on location or from the back of a truck!


Print Head with Dehumidification and pre-drying system

In 3D printing, half of the quality lies in the condition of the material, which is why the Colossus features a fully integrated drying unit to prepare your material beforehand. Capable of temperatures of up to 400°C, the Colossus gives you the flexibility to print almost any plastic material.


Software with Big data

All the machines come with remote connectivity, cameras and data points so you can monitor and upgrade your printer at a distance. This allows you to cater to your printing needs much faster, meeting the high demands of industrial use.

Inside the Colossus

Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF)

Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF) is an additive 3D printing method in which the 3D model is being printed layer by layer. FGF works by melting granular plastics and feeding the resulting mass at a constant speed through a nozzle onto a platform. By changing the nozzle you can change the extrusion thickness, for faster printing speeds or finer details.


Printhead

The special extruder printhead is designed by the premium extruder experts in Europe. They develop printheads for the biggest 3D printer brands all over the world.


Print Head

COLOSSUS PRINTER BREAKDOWN


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 

MARK II

External Dimensions
6058 mm x 2438 mm x 2891 mm (L x W x H)
Safety Glass Window
3000 mm x 2200 mm
Build Volume
2700 mm x 1250 mm x 1500 mm
Heated Build Plate Dimensions
2700 mm x 1500 mm
Extruder
25 x 25D 1-15 kg hour
Nozzle Size
2 - 8 mm
Aircon / Heater
9,4 kW Cooling / 11.2 kW Heating
Power Output
41,5 kVA

BEST CASE PRACTISE 

Tomorrowland "One Project"

Featuring at the Tomorrowland festival for the past 3 years, “ONE Project” was initiated by Colossus Printers in order to create a Zero Waste world through an innovative and wholly novel means of re-utilising waste. ONE Project increases the lifespan of consumables by considering its life cycle pre-consumer / consumer / post-consumer.

The method of achieving this goal is to collect waste from clients and venues, then transform the material into pellets. Depending on the number of products and the size of the order a decision is made as to which manufacturing technique is better suited. The products are delivered back to the client. The two techniques used are Thermoforming (cups and bottles 100% recycled into new cups or other products) and Creation (The Colossus printer is used to print 3D products from bars to furniture).

During the Tomorrowland Festival all PET waste is collected from the visitors by the use of collection bins which then stand with the Colossus on display. Live in the Dreamville section of the event, bottle openers are printed (small live printing with desktop machines), branded by Tomorrowland and Jupiler, using recycled PET and given away as an incentive for the visitors to get involved and recycle their bottles. All the bottles collected from the event are taken away to be processed through an external partner. The plastic waste is then sorted and organised, and turned into pellets. The pellets from all the plastic is taken to Tomorrowland the following year, where it is used live to 3D print furniture around the event. This ranges from tables, small bars, swings and chairs. About 3 tonnes of plastic bottles are collected at Tomorrowland each year and repurposed into furniture for the event, demonstrating to festival goers the real value of recycling.

Tomorrowland Recycling Centre

Tomorrowland Goal


ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES 

The design possibilities and applications for the printing technique are endless. Colossus has already worked with festivals to create objects from their waste, and together with designers like Bart van Houcke and Michiel Van der Kley created furniture with different materials.


Want to find out how you can integrated the Colossus into you industrial and company, and create a closed loop system? Or how your country can change their recycling process to be part of the circular economy, creating a more sustainable nation?
Send an email to colossus@3dapac.com to embrace FGF Large Format 3D Printing now!