At the Solidworks World 2017 in Los Angeles, the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, Stratasys, has unveiled a new fast Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)-based F123 Series 3D printer (F170, F270 and F370) targeted to make professional rapid prototyping more productive for design workgroups.
According to recent Stratasys surveys, accessibility, ease of use and material choice are among the top priorities in the wider adoption of 3D printing for rapid prototyping in design workgroups, who play a dominant role in product design and development in consumer products, aerospace, automotive and other key industries. The F123 Series addresses these requirements.
“Today there is a vast market opportunity in product prototyping that we feel is not being addressed by current 3D printing systems. The launch of the Stratasys F123 Series targets these product design workgroups, industrial designers, engineers, students and educators who demand a professional quality rapid prototyping solution that’s simple to use, produces reliable, engineering-quality results, integrates perfectly within an office or lab setting, and is affordable to own and operate,” said Zehavit Reisin, Vice President, Head of Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys.
The company tried to combine office-usability, precision, intelligence and affordability in one product. Along with 43 existing patents, 15 new patents have been used in the product to achieve the objective.
The exterior design for the Stratasys F123 Series was created together with leading industrial design firm Designworks, a BMW Group Company. Most operations are easily performed using a touch screen user interface. Stratasys F123 Series can be operated remotely from any networked computer in a shared workgroup setting and build progress can be monitored from portable devices. Installing and replacing material is equally fast and easy.
The printer empowers virtually any user, regardless of 3D printing experience, to build durable and accurate prototypes using a range of functional FDM 3D printing materials. Invented by Stratasys founder, Scott Crump, more than 20 years ago, FDM Technology works with production-grade thermoplastics to build strong, durable and dimensionally stable parts with the best accuracy and repeatability of any 3D printing technology.
It addresses the complete prototyping workflow, from initial concept verification to design validation and final functional performance, to ensure product designs are thoroughly evaluated before manufacturing for better products in reduced times.
Stratasys has also announced GrabCAD Print add-in for Soidworks. It enables the user to estimate and 3D print parts for a range of Stratasys systems, without leaving the Solidworks environment, giving 3D printer access to the entire community of Solidworks design and engineering professionals.