Additive manufacturing in large scale

Neue Materialien Fürth GmbH

There is a vide variety of additive manufacturing technologies on the market. However, the majority of these are limited to a maximum printing volume of a few hundred millimeters. In case of request for larger parts, there are only a few suitable 3D printing processes. Problematic issues are often the long production time, the high material requirements or the specific material properties, which do not allow an upscaling of the respective processes. Gel-dispensing-printing (abbreviation: GDP) is an interesting alternative .



In the GDP process, a highly viscous, UV-curing gel is dispensed in layers through a nozzle and then cured directly by UV radiation. The special viscosity properties of this reactive resin enable layer thicknesses of 0.75 to 1.3 mm. With high printing speeds three-dimensional objects can be produced in relatively short production times. The size of the produced parts is only limited by the size of the machine.

GDP-manufacturing at NMF

  • Printing volume: 150 cm x 120 cm x 180 cm
  • Simultaneous generation of two different models with two print heads
  • Printing speed up to 300 mm/s
  • Layer thicknesses: 0,75 mm, 1,0 mm, and 1,3 mm
  • Production of strong overhangs without support structure
  • Modified printing head for testing alternative materials with small amounts of material
  • Examples of use: design models, prototypes, thermoforming moulds, moulds for concrete or plaster, etc.


Team leader:
Dr.-Ing. Leo Hoffmann

Scientific leadership:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Drummer