The trend toward 3D printing continues to grow, with electronic component distributor Allied Electronics now offering a line of 3D printers and supplies from 3D Systems, a provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions. Allied will have both the Cube, starter device for single-color printing, and the CubeX, which is larger and can print large geometrics in up to three colors. The printers use ABS and PLA thermoplastic materials for printing. Additionally, Allied will carry a line of 3D scanners and supplies that complement its 3D printers.
“Complementing our hardware offering is the availability of DesignSpark Mechanical, a 3D design program offered exclusively through Allied and our parent company in the UK, RS Components,” commented Elisa Weber, director of brand strategy for Allied. “It’s intuitive and easy-to-use, and the designs created in it can be output in STL format for exporting to a 3D printer.”
Through the partnership, the two companies hope to reach designers and engineers who want to create prototypes through 3D printing.