A1 Technologies Continues to Open Opportunities that Offer Hands-on Experience of 3D Design & Manufacturing with Unimat

Top Quote A1 Technologies now offers the modular Unimat range of model making equipment as part of its portfolio of ultra low cost 3D digital technologies. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 08, 2010 - The A1 Technologies [www.a1-tech.co.uk] portfolio of ultra-low-cost advanced 3D design and manufacturing tools continues to grow apace and has now expanded dramatically to include an inspiring range of innovative and user-friendly machines for model making, design, prototyping and education. A1 Technologies is delighted to introduce UNIMAT to the UK market - a modular machine construction system to meet the needs of virtually any small-scale prototyping or production application.

    Widely-known for its pioneering work with low-cost additive machines and break-through 3D design products, A1 Technologies has moved to the next level and now offers a fully inclusive range of products for EVERY aspect of 3D design and manufacturing. The UNIMAT range of products has been developed based on traditional subtractive principles of manufacture, but with a significant and distinctive aim that fits the A1 remit perfectly - to be truly accessible to anyone. Prices for the basic module start from just 199 and the system has been designed with modularity and safety in mind. Comprising a full scope of options the product line incorporates: the UNIMAT 1, the UNIMAT MetalLine, the UNIMAT PowerLine and UNIMAT CNC. The key to the success of UNIMAT is the system's modularity, which offers users - whether in industry or education - infinite possibilities.

    The most versatile introduction to this product range is the UNIMAT 1 Classic package, which includes a jigsaw, drill press, milling machine (horizontal and vertical) and metal lathe. This package offers an extraordinary opportunity for model-making professionals and technicians - as well as technical workshops in schools at the secondary level - to acquire and work with advanced tools. Ideal applications include professional model making, manual training, an introduction to engineering and as a hands-on resource for elementary and secondary schools. Notably, the system is suitable for people in the age range 8-99.

    The UNIMAT MetalLine provides precision for any professional requirements. Like all UNIMAT machines, the MetalLine is modular, but built from rugged metal components, precisely engineered with perfect alignment and built specifically for durability, stability and precision. UNIMAT Powerline is the power upgrade series in the range. The power drive unit is the heart of this particular system with the same modularity as all of the other machines in the UNIMAT series. By incorporating the PowerLine system it is possible to expand and upgrade the UNIMAT system with a larger and more powerful machine for more demanding applications. Such is the flexibility of the UNIMAT range that the MetalLine system can be easily upgraded to UNIMAT-CNC, which allows for countless further configurations and CNC applications. The slides of the machines are equipped with 2A stepper motors ideal for the reproduction of work pieces and the processing of 3D solid models. The machine can read STL files.

    There are some very obvious advantages of the UNIMAT range, these include:

    Small space requirements - the only thing that sets UNIMAT apart from big industrial machines is its size. Due to the modular system, several fully functional machines can be set up in an area not larger than a simple sheet of paper.
    Low Noise - thanks to the 12V motor drive, UNIMAT machines are much quieter than industrial machines, making it ideal for virtually any environment.
    Versatility & Expandability - Each UNIMAT system contains a complete workshop. A variety of machines can be set up and the kit can also be upgraded according to requirement - simply, easily and cost-effectively.
    Quality & Innovation - UNIMAT has been designed and developed with a strong focus on functionality, ergonomics and continuous product development. Machine beds are precisely machined from anodized aluminium, double bearing headstocks and with an industrial drive belt.
    Easy service and maintenance - the system's components can be completely dismantled and can therefore be cleaned much more easily than a permanently built machine. All components can be serviced and maintained by the user rather than a service shop.
    Child-friendly - UNIMAT is an ideal tool for training and education. Features such as the short stroke of the saw and the 12V safety adaptor mean that the UNIMAT system is perfectly suitable for children. The machines have been put through their paces - with unprecedented success - at countless workshops, major events, educational institutions and workshops for disabled people.

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