UltiMaker has announced the launch of Method XL, an advanced 3D printing solution specifically designed to provide precision printing using industrial-grade materials, while accommodating larger part sizes.
This printer should combine the accuracy and performance of industrial production with the affordability and accessibility of a desktop 3D printer.
The Method XL printer aims to bridge the gap between desktop and industrial 3D printers by offering a perfect blend of performance and convenience.
With its generous build volume of 305 mm x 305 mm x 320 mm and dimensional accuracy of ± 0.2 mm, users should be able to undertake ambitious projects ranging from functional prototyping to producing end-use parts.
Engineered to create large and complex parts, Method XL should be compatible with industrial-grade materials such as ABS-R and ABS Carbon Fibre.
As UltiMaker explained, printing with ABS can be challenging due to its tendency to warp and deform. Method XL was designed to overcome this, and it was equipped a heated chamber, capable of reaching temperatures up to 100°C.
Additionally, the printer should feature a heated build plate, providing an added layer of security to prevent warping and improve layer adhesion.
The combination of a heated build plate and a temperature-controlled heated build chamber aims to ensure a stable printing environment, resulting in accurate and durable parts of any size.
“UltiMaker’s mission is to grow the adoption of 3D printing in manufacturing. We saw that there was a lack of production-level industrial capabilities in more accessible and easy-to-use 3D printers,” said UltiMaker CEO Nadav Goshen.
“With Method XL, we believe we are bringing customers the best 3D printing solution in the market for engineering applications. Method XL is the only 3D printer in its price class with a heated chamber and heated build plate to print large and accurate parts with injection molding plastics like ABS. With the ability to print larger parts, customers can achieve greater output and efficiency, making Method XL an excellent choice for those looking to take their 3D printing to the next level.”
Method XL was developed to enable the production of large parts with high dimensional accuracy, a heated build chamber, and a heated build plate, all at a fraction of the cost of industrial machines and with the convenience of desktop 3D printers.
The printer is enhanced by RapidRinse, a fast-dissolving water-soluble support material that simplifies the printing process with ABS and results in a refined surface finish.
Method XL also integrates with CloudPrint software, allowing users to easily upload, monitor, and track their print jobs from a web browser, ensuring a smooth workflow from CAD file to printed part.
The versatility of Method XL is extended through its compatibility with a wide range of industrial-grade materials via the open materials platform and the LABS Experimental Extruder.
Current materials available through the LABS program include Jabil Sebs, a flexible material with rubber-like properties; Polymaker PolyMax PC, a polycarbonate material known for its strength, toughness, and heat resistance; and Lehvoss Path 9891, a carbon fibre-reinforced nylon capable of withstanding high temperatures.
Method XL should also feature an external moisture-controlled material case to ensure optimal performance when using professional-grade materials.
Finally, to enhance safety during indoor 3D printing, the printer should come equipped with a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter.