Stratasys Releases New Configurable, Large-Scale Stereolithography 3D Printing System

Backed by strategic alliance with DSM, this stereolithography 3D printer combines a large-scale system with a configurable environment for fine-tuning across a broad range of resins.

Backed by strategic alliance with DSM, this stereolithography 3D printer combines a large-scale system with a configurable environment for fine-tuning across a broad range of resins.

The Stratasys V650 Flex combines a large-scale system with a configurable environment for fine-tuning across various resins. Image courtesy of Stratasys.

The new V650 Flex stereolithography 3D printer from Stratasys is the company’s entry into the stereolithography segment. This offering combines a large-scale system with a configurable environment for fine-tuning across a broad range of resins. 

Backed by a partnership with DSM, a global, science-based company, customers can capitalize on use of Somos stereolithography resins with the V650 Flex 3D printer. Available from Stratasys, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, DSM Somos-verified resins enable customers to produce durable parts that meet requirements of a wide range of applications. 

“While stereolithography is one of the original 3D printing processes—mainly  used to create master patterns or large concept models quickly and accurately – customers have been challenged by restricted systems that can’t be configured and materials at a high cost-per-part,” says Omer Krieger, EVP Products, Stratasys. “The V650 Flex is the result of customer demand around the world wanting a better solution—fully configurable to match the specific application and use-case.”

With a build volume of 20x20x23-in. and interchangeable vats, the V650 Flex printer has a runtime of over 75,000 hours and more than 150,000 parts produced inside Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. The V650 Flex puts the verified resins and a configurable system to work.

“From the high-performance demands of automotive and aerospace industries to the durability and flexibility requirements of consumer goods, customers worldwide rely on Somos materials to create the highest-performing additive manufacturing prototypes and tools,” says Hugo da Silva, VP of Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “Stratasys’ entrance into the stereolithography segment is really a game-changer for the industry. Our collaboration allows customers to have greater access and flexibility for development of durable and reliable prototypes and tooling using stereolithography 3D printing.” 

The open vat configuration of the V650 Flex stereolithography printer comes with recipes for DSM Somos resins commercially available directly from Stratasys, including:

  • Somos Element: The antimony-free stereolithography resin, specifically designed for producing stable investment casting patterns with fine-feature detail and very low residual burnout ash. 
  • Somos NeXt: The resin that provides accuracy of stereolithography with the look, feel and performance of a thermoplastic.
  • Somos PerFORM: A material for applications that require stiff, high-temperature resistant parts, such as tooling and wind tunnel testing.
  • Somos Watershed XC 11122: A solution for designers looking for ABS and PBT-like properties for stereolithography, producing stable, optically-clear parts with water resistance. 

“The Stratasys on-demand network of service personnel and resellers is designed to enable customers to achieve much more through stereolithography than they have in the past,” says Krieger.

Stratasys is exclusively unveiling the V650 Flex stereolithography printer at this week’s Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Conference 2019 in Chicago, IL. Visit Stratasys at Booth No. D17 in Salon D of the Hilton Chicago. 

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

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