Stratasys Adds Two Composite-Ready 3D Printers

New printers and Nylon carbon fiber material open up new additive manufacturing avenues on the factory floor, company says.

New printers and Nylon carbon fiber material open up new additive manufacturing avenues on the factory floor, company says.

The new composite 3D printers are designed for manufacturers and industrial machinists to supplement traditional fabrication technologies with high-strength composite 3D printing. Image courtesy of Stratasys.


Stratasys Ltd. has expanded its F123 Series of 3D printers with the introduction of the F190 CR and F370 CR 3D printers, plus new FDM Nylon-CF10 material reinforced with carbon fiber. The new printers offer high stiffness and strength materials in a hardened machine ready for composite material printing.

The new composite 3D printers are designed for manufacturers and industrial machinists to supplement traditional fabrication technologies with high-strength composite 3D printing. The printers help manufacturers produce end use parts faster and more cost-effectively, and are made for jigs, fixtures and workholding tools.

The new 3D printers include integrated GrabCAD Print software that provides an intuitive CAD-to-print workflow and includes advanced features. Stratasys also provides enterprise application connectivity through the MTConnect standard and its GrabCAD Software Development Kit. The composite-ready F123 Series printers include reusable build trays, a built-in camera for remote monitoring and a 7-in. control touchscreen. The F370CR printer also offers auto-changeover of materials— a new canister is simply put in place and the build continues.

“Stratasys is providing manufacturers with the 3D printers and materials to support the growth of additive manufacturing on the factory floor, including these new printers that give manufacturers the ability to build stronger, print stiffer and print more accurately,” says Dick Anderson, senior vice president, Manufacturing for Stratasys. “We have the verified and published data that proves these new printers have dimensional repeatability of up to 99% regardless of part size or geometric complexity.”

The Stratasys composite-ready F123 Series of printers offer material availability, a large build volume, soluble support options and a low cost-per-build volume due to the large oven size. The larger, fully heated build chamber of the F190CR and F370CR printers, coupled with the ability to use stabilizer walls, allows manufacturers to build taller parts.

Stratasys has also introduced FDM Nylon-CF10, a new composite material for the F123 Series printers that is over 60% stronger and nearly three times as stiff as its base nylon material. The chopped carbon fiber material is just one of 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 engineered thermoplastics.

The new composite-ready F123 Series printers and FDM Nylon-CF10 are available for order now and are expected to ship in June. Learn more by visiting the Stratasys composite-ready F123 Series product page.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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