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Stratasys presented new materials at Formnext and announced the sale of the first F3300 3D printer to Toyota

Stratasys introduced four new materials for photopolymer 3D printers at Formnext 2023, including Somos WeatherX 100, as well as thermoplastic materials – Kimya PC-FR and FDM HIPS for the F900 large-format 3D printer. The company also announced that Toyota, a world leader in automotive production and innovation, has signed an agreement, thanks to which it will be the first customer to purchase the new Stratasys F3300 3D printer, also presented at the fair.

Stratasys expands the range of materials for its Origin One photopolymer 3D printer with four new, efficient materials:

  • Somos WeatherX 100: resin for weather-exposed applications, particularly vehicle interiors, motorcycle parts and outdoor consumer products; the company provides test data for material weatherability, durability and dimensional accuracy that complies with rigorous SAE industry standards.
  • Somos PerFORM HW: material dedicated to injection molds or elements that require stiffness; it is a material with an admixture of ceramics, which provides high resistance to abrasion and high temperature
  • P3 Deflect 190 ESD: a special resin developed with Henkel that enables 3D printing in instruments and fixtures in electronics and general manufacturing, as well as in tooling and housing applications; its properties include an HDT (heat deflection temperature) of 190°C, electrostatic dissipation (ESD) properties and high stiffness
  • P3 Stretch 80: elastomeric prototype resin developed jointly with Forward AM by BASF for the production of soft or flexible parts such as gaskets, handles and masks; This material is an affordable addition to existing elastomers for users beginning to print elastomers or looking for a replacement for traditional polyurethane or TPU.

Stratasys is also introducing an auto-generated support feature for its GrabCAD Print software for Origin One. Workflow is expected to become easier as users can choose from predefined support profiles based on material properties – stiff, strong or elastomeric – or customize them to control workflow.

Stratasys also presented two new materials for the FDM 3D printer – F900, as well as eight new colors for ULTEM, PC and PC-ABS. The expanded material line creates greater value by expanding the Stratasys application space with greater diversity and a larger material portfolio. Additionally, new colors provide customers with greater flexibility and reduce post-process costs.

The two new materials are:

  • Kimya PC-FR: fire-resistant polycarbonate material, meeting the requirements of the EN45545 standard for railway applications and designed specifically for end-use parts, including small-scale production and spare parts
  • FDM HIPS: low-cost, high-impact polystyrene-based material for low-demand applications.

The new OpenAM software, which includes an open materials license, is now also available for the F900 3D printer, enabling printing using open exploratory materials.

Stratasys presented a new 3D printer at Formnext – F3300 and immediately found its first customer. Toyota will use the new machine for manufacturing support, including parts and fixtures, as well as prototyping applications to help bring new products to market faster.

The F3300 is built for large-scale additive manufacturing. It is capable of producing complex, precision parts that are critical to vehicle design and use, from prototypes to end-use components. The 3D printer features increased versatility with quick replacement and loading, automatic calibration and high throughput. With these features, the F3300 will reduce part costs by up to 25%, print up to two times faster than any other FDM 3D printer for manufacturing applications, and provide 25% greater accuracy.

Source: Stratasys press materials

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