Latest developments from Stratasys include two composite 3D printers, Grabcad printing software for Origin 3D printers, and 16 new materials for three additive technologies.

The past week could be devoted to announcements Stratasis. During the week, the additive materials company announced several additions to its AM ecosystem – in the materials, hardware, and software segments.

New F123 series composite 3D printers

3D printers F190™CR and F370®CR seek to complement traditional manufacturing techniques with high-strength composite 3D printing. New composite 3D printers introduced with new material Reinforced Nylon FDM®-CF10 from carbon fibers.

Designed to print high-stiffness, high-strength, composite-ready materials, the new 3D printers feature integrated GrabCAD Print™ software that delivers a simple and intuitive CAD-to-print workflow and includes advanced features to ensure print success .

As a reminder, Stratasys also provides enterprise application connectivity through the MTConnect standard and its GrabCAD SDK.

The composite-ready F123 series printers feature reusable build plates, a built-in camera for remote monitoring, and a 7-inch touch screen. The F370CR stands out for its ability to automatically switch between materials, which means there is no need to interrupt the assembly to change materials – just insert a new canister and the assembly continues.

At the same time, FDM Nylon-CF10 composite material is more than 60% stronger and nearly three times stiffer than base nylon material. The cut carbon fiber material is just one of the many thermoplastic materials available for the F123 series printers. When used with Stratasys Soluble Support, manufacturers can print any geometry without restriction. The F190CR and F370CR printers also support several other engineering thermoplastics, the company says.

GrabCAD Print software for Origin One and Origin One dental 3D printers

GrabCAD Print is an application GrabCAD Platform for Additive Manufacturing®, a platform that enables two-way connectivity between 3D printers, additive manufacturing and enterprise applications, and the broader Industry 4.0 infrastructure.

GrabCAD Print is a complete software solution that streamlines your 3D printing workflow for print build file preparation and post-press analysis. The app is now compatible with Origin One and Origin One dental 3D printers. For Stratasys, this integration is the first step towards integrating Origin One into a complete platform.

With GrabCAD Print compatible with Origin One, users benefit from improved print preparation, an improved automatic support generation tool with less auxiliaries, and new features including labeling, support for native CAD files, printer status monitoring, and a print scheduler. The software also provides access to a license Open Materials License (OML), which allows users to develop content with profiles and settings optimized for their needs, manage collections of content, and share content within their organization. The Open Material License also allows material providers to publish material profiles that they have qualified for the Origin technology.

In addition to GrabCAD Print for Origin One, the company has introduced two other Origin One offerings. Origin One Local™ is a new local printer configuration that includes the same functionality as Origin One. On-premise empowers customers in government and defense or other extreme IT environments so they can still enjoy Origin One. Stratasys also provides air extraction system Origin One ProAero™, also available for desktop 3D printers based on PolyJet. This professional plug-and-play system extracts air from the Origin One printer to capture and filter fumes, dust and odors before the clean air is recirculated back into the room.

GrabCAD Print for Stratasys Origin One Printer will be available free of charge to all users of Origin One and Origin One Dental printers. Availability of GrabCAD Print for Origin One, Origin One Local and Origin One ProAero is scheduled for the second half of 2022.

16 new materials across three additive manufacturing technologies

Finally, with 16 new materials, Stratasys is also expanding target use cases for FDM 3D printers, P3™-based Origin® One 3D printer, and H350™ 3D printer polypropylene powder with SAF™ technology.

Equipment manufacturer joins forces with material suppliers Covestro, Kimya and Victrex plc to test FDM 3D printing materials. These materials will first be processed by the Fortus® 450mc platform. They understand

  • High performance polymers: Arkema/Kimya PEKK-SC, a semi-crystalline thermoplastic PEKK polymer based on Arkema’s KEPSTAN®; and VICTREX AM™ 200, a semi-crystalline LMPAEK™ thermoplastic thread compatible with soluble carrier.
  • Reinforced polymers and specialty polymers: Covestro PA6/66 GF20 FR, flame retardant fiberglass composite.
  • Engineering resins: Kimya PC FR, flame retardant polycarbonate.
  • Standard polymer: HIPS, high impact polystyrene

Stratasys also introduced a new top performance material in the Stratasys Preferred line. FDM Nylon-CF10 is a durable carbon fiber composite that should be available by mid-year.

In addition, users of Origin One 3D printers can access new materials through a one-year Open Material License (OML). According to the manufacturer, eight new materials from the OML program can already unlock high-demand end applications.

Content developers contributing to the new open source content of the program Covestro, Evonik, Arkema, Forward AM from BASF, Mechnano, Tethon 3D, Liqcreate and polySpectra. Materials include photopolymer resins for molding, casting, high temperature applications, ceramics, electrostatic dissipative (ESD) and elastic applications. Materials can be purchased directly from partners or their distributors and are intended for advanced users to test, develop and end-use parts with exotic or novel properties.

Finally, 3D printer H350™ based SAF™ Technology can now process polypropylene (PP) material. This versatile, flexible and extremely popular polymer is said to have higher ductility and chemical resistance. Due to its ability to be sterilized, it is ideal for a wide range of applications such as interior and exterior automotive parts, prostheses and consumer goods.

This material complements a portfolio that already includes PA12 (also known as Nylon 12), a sustainable material derived from 100% bio-based castor beans. Both PA12 and PP are expected to be available later in 2022.

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