Stratasys Prototyping engineering-grade 3D-printing
Additive Manufacturing - Stratasys, a 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, unveiled a professional, versatile and fast FDM-based F123 Series (F170, F270 and F370) for smarter prototyping, aimed at making professional rapid prototyping more productive for design workgroups.
The Stratasys F123 Series empowers users, regardless of 3D printing experience, to build durable and accurate prototypes using a range of functional FDM 3D printing materials, Stratasys says. A Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printer addresses the complete prototyping workflow, from initial concept verification to design validation and final functional performance, to ensure product designs are thoroughly evaluated and endorsed before manufacturing – resulting in better products and shorter lead times, the company says.
Design workgroups play a dominant role in product design and development in consumer products, aerospace, automotive and other key industries. 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 workgroups. The F123 Series wants to address these and other rapid prototyping requirements to potentially accelerate the adoption of 3D printing for product design and development.
“It’s pretty powerful having this much capability in a single system that sits right in our work space. We’ve tried lower-end 3D printers in the past, and to be honest, they’re dimensionally inaccurate. The Stratasys F370 matches the CAD input every time with accurate, high quality prototypes,” said Jesse Hahne, Partner, Center for Advanced Design. “The key for us to fast-track product development is getting physical samples in front of our customers as soon as possible. With our new Stratasys F370, we’re able to get brand new iterations in a matter of hours. This rapid prototyping solution has truly become a member of our team.”
The exterior design for the Stratasys F123 Series was created together with industrial design firm Designworks, a BMW Group Company. Most operations are 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.
“Our inspiration for the design of the Stratasys F123 Series was advanced robotics. Just as robotic tools of the future will adapt to their envisioned usage environment, we worked with Stratasys to create a look, feel and ergonomic design for the F123 Series that would offer expertly crafted user interactions,” said Andre de Salis, Creative Director, Designworks. “The Stratasys F123’s striking metal cladding expresses the performance, durability and refinement of the 3D printer to bring a new level of excitement and accessibility to professional 3D printing.”
“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. “As the company that invented FDM, Stratasys brings a rich pedigree to the F123 Series, providing our customers an optimal balance between usability and high performance.”
A long-time member of the Solidworks Partner Program, Stratasys is also announcing a Grab-CAD Print Add-In for Solidworks. It enables the user to estimate and 3D print parts for a range of Stratasys systems, including the F123 Series without leaving the Solidworks environment, giving 3D printer access to the entire community of Solidworks design and engineering professionals.