IPFL Becomes First UK Service Bureau to Offer Micro-Precision Parts
Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) is excited to announce that IPFL have purchased a microArch S240 3D printer, making them the first service bureau in the UK providing BMF micro-precision 3D printed parts. Our partnership with IPFL will position BMF to provide local print services support to serve the growing demand for micro parts in the UK, bringing the unique combination of excellence in three key areas: resolution, accuracy, and precision. With the ability to reach resolutions as low as 2 microns, industries such as Medical, Electronics, Microfluidics will be further benefited by being able to print stents to prosthetics to surgical planning, electrical components, connectors and tools like Lab-on-Chip and other devices. Overcoming the challenges faced in traditional manufacturing techniques making Micro 3D Printing a more viable production option.
IPFL was founded in 1969 to create bespoke prototypes for industrial, defence, and commercial applications to support researchers, engineers and manufacturers in their demands for highly detailed micro manufacturing. Based in Essex and Hertfordshire, just north of London, IPFL have provided clients with precision plastics parts for over 50 years.
“We are excited to have IPFL join our growing list of customers in the UK. With over 50 years experience in the micro manufacturing industry, they will be key to help support BMF’s mission of enabling miniaturization in the UK and beyond. With a growing number of customers in the UK demanding high-resolution micro parts with tight tolerances, IPFL is positioned as a very experienced resource to fulfill demand for our parts,” said John Kawola, CEO of BMF.
“Clients at IPFL expect the best quality and rely on our hands-on team for precision parts. The BMF system opened up an opportunity to supply these requirements on much smaller, and more intricate parts. The microArch printer is incredibly complimentary to the services already provided at IPFL,” said Adam Bloomfield, 3D Printing Operations Manager, IPFL.
About BMF – Boston Micro Fabrication
Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) specializes in micro precision 3D printing. The company’s microArch system uses a 3D printing approach called PμSL (Projection Micro-Stereolithography) that leverages light, customizable optics, a high-quality movement platform and controlled processing technology to produce the industry’s most accurate and precise high-resolution 3D prints for product development, research and industrial short run production. The technology represents a true industry breakthrough by empowering product manufacturers to capitalize on the benefits of 3D printing without sacrificing quality or scale.
micro3d by IPFL was created to support researchers, engineers and manufacturers in their demands for highly detailed micro manufacturing. Bill Bloomfield senior founded IPFL in 1969 to create bespoke prototypes for industrial, defence, and commercial applications. Demands for sophisticated fabrication and CNC machining quickly grew. Throughout the 1980s, Bill Bloomfield junior joined and developed the CNC machining and fabrication services, and in 2003, he added the UK’s first Polyjet 3D printing bureau. Third generation Adam Bloomfield joined this additive prototyping and manufacturing department in 2012, and micro3D was born to fulfil the needs of high precision finely detailed products. Based in Essex and Hertfordshire, just north of London, IPFL have provided clients with precision plastics parts for over 50 years.