3D4MEC, the very first Italian company to produce 3D printers for metals, was founded in 2016 as a spin-off by the Au.Te.Bo group, from Ivano Corsini’s need to leverage many years of passion and study in mechanics and cabinets products that have made it a source of pride for our country.
We had the pleasure of meeting Ivano Corsini himself, CEO and founder of the company.
How was the project born?
For over 30 years, I have been involved in mechanics in all its facets, from subcontracting to 3D printing.
Mechanics have always been my daily bread.
Since 2013, I have dedicated most of my time to the study of additive manufacturing and how to use it for mechanical production.
I had sensed that this technology could radically change the production of my company and increase its turnover, but in Italy there was no company that owned 3D printing technologies that produced mechanical components in steel. Then, thanks to an order from an important company, I got to see the plastic printer and I came to realize this project.
This is how 3D4STEEL was born, the first 3D printer for steel.
Autebo, his family’s reference company, is a historic reality in the mechanics and automation sector, where it all started.
Indeed, the basic idea of 3D4Mec is derived from the experience gained in forty years in the mechanical and mechatronic sector of AuTeBo, in the production of special automatic machines, and has been characterized by building additive manufacturing machines, based on powder-bed laser melting technology and perfectly adapted to the customer in terms of performance, process properties and processed materials.
I also wanted a machine configuration that was in maximum safety for the operator
We have certified disposal of filters with maximum safety.
What are the 3D printing systems you have produced?
Currently, 3D4MEC has produced 2 different 3D printing systems, characterized by two dedicated brands:
– 3D4BRASS – the world’s first 3D printer capable of producing components directly from brass.
-3D4STEEL – the first 3D printer specialized in the steel process.
The 3D brass printer is the first in the world and we are very proud of it
What are the benefits of using 3D printers for metals?
Maximum productivity and speed, reduction of operating costs and tooling times, maximum quality of the components produced and free control of process parameters.
What characterizes your machines?
All 3D4MEC printers feature mechanics designed to speed up component production time and reduce production costs with internal control systems aimed at simplifying work and factory procedures, facilitating the introduction of additive technologies in all mechanical manufacturing sectors.
The strong side of 3D4MEC?
The real strength is the great recognized ability to be flexible to customers’ wishes regarding machines and for the use of special alloys
Who demands your machines the most?
We do not have a specific market. We are contacted by large groups. We range from the valves and faucets sector up to fashion accessories and also in some types of high-end furniture.
Projects for the future?
We are working on a sensor system to record the position of an athlete in a sports competition. We will test it with fencing, a family passion.
We will further develop our technology also with a view to the use of electricity.
And then we will experiment with new materials, because the future is alloys, not machines.
The machines must be available for the alloys.