DEARBORN, Mich., April 20,2017 — EnvisionTEC, a leading global manufacturer of professional-grade 3D printers and materials, today launches a new power protection system line of accessories to ensure that voltage fluctuations and power outages don’t disrupt the 3D printing process for its users.
More than just a battery backup system, the new EnvisionTEC Power Protection System (PPS) conditions or cleans the power supply from noise and other issues that may interfere with high-value 3D print jobs, where a consistent supply of energy is crucial.
In recent years, energy supplies have become less reliable in key markets worldwide, including the United States, where the number of power disruptions has been increasing, causing millions of dollars in losses, according to Energy.gov and other sources. Oftentimes, consumers may not even realize that technology hardware downtime is caused by power-related problems.
“Because our customers are power users — professionals and manufacturers who rely on their 3D printers for commercial products and significant production — EnvisionTEC is proud to offer an approved energy management solution that protects 3D printers and the parts they are building from voltage fluctuations,” said CEO Al Siblani.
The company is launching its new line of power protection accessories with the EnvisionTEC PPS DLP for its Vida and Micro desktop printers, which are more frequently used in professional office environments rather than industrial facilities.
The PPS DLP will ensure that desktop users such as jewelers, orthodontists and dentists have a consistent supply of power while they may also be simultaneously using other machinery and equipment in their facilities, such as mills and welding tools, which can disrupt consistent energy flow within a building.
The EnvisionTEC PPS line of accessories will be available globally in both 120V or 230V versions, with additional PPS models to follow for EnvisionTEC’s larger Perfactory and 3SP printers.
EnvisionTEC is a leading global provider of professional-grade 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2002 with its pioneering commercial DLP printing technology, EnvisionTEC now sells more than 40 printers based on six distinct technologies that build objects from digital design files. The company’s premium 3D printers serve a variety of medical, professional and industrial markets, and are valued for precision, surface quality, functionality and speed. EnvisionTEC’s intellectual property includes more than 100 pending and granted patents and 70 proprietary materials. Learn more at EnvisionTEC.com.
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Fact Sheet — Power Supplies Becoming Less Consistent
According to The Smart Grid, an Introduction, from the U.S. Department of Energy:
“Since 1982, growth in peak demand for electricity — driven by population growth, bigger houses, bigger TVs, more air conditioners and more computers — has exceeded transmission growth by almost 25% every year. … There have been five massive blackouts over the past 40 years, three of which have occurred in the past nine years. More blackouts and brownouts are occurring.” —
“The average outage affected 15 percent more consumers from 1996 to 2000 than from 1991 to 1995. (409,854 versus 355,204).
The financial impact of power disruptions is staggering:
- A rolling blackout across Silicon Valley totaled $75 million in losses.
- In 2000, the one-hour outage that hit the Chicago
- Board of Trade resulted in $20 trillion in trades delayed.
- Sun Microsystems estimates that a blackout costs the company $1 million every minute.
- The Northeast blackout of 2003 resulted in a $6 billion economic loss to the region.
According to the International Business Times:
“The United States endures more blackouts than any other developed nation as the number of U.S. power outages lasting more than an hour have increased steadily for the past decade, according to federal databases at the Department of Energy (DOE) and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC).
“According to federal data, the U.S. electric grid loses power 285 percent more often than in 1984, when the data collection effort on blackouts began. That’s costing American businesses as much as $150 billion per year, the DOE reported, with weather-related disruptions costing the most per event.”