With three new advancements to its professional FDM 3D printing technology, Stratasys is aiming to put itself ahead of the competition in the lucrative aerospace and automotive industries.
Stratasys is improving its ‘sacrificial tooling’ process with a new solution comprised of a new ST-130 material and new fill patterns to provide faster dissolution, rapid build speed and better autoclave performance.
Sacrificial tooling, a process in which 3D printed molds are wrapped in composite material and then removed after part curing, enables manufacturers to rapidly and cost-effectively create complex, hollow composite parts.
The new sacrificial tooling solution is available for the Fortus 450mc and 900mc 3D Printers, meanwhile the 900mc gets an additional upgrade for large parts with an ‘acceleration kit’. Reportedly boosting printing by three-times the speed, the kit will first be compatible with ASA and Ultem 1010 materials.
Stratasys’ final announcements for the manufacturing sector revolve around materials, with the Fortus 380mc and 450mc gaining access to its PC-ABS materials, and its Ultem material gaining full traceability needed for end use aerospace parts.
Although there are no changes in capabilities from the standard Ultem 9085 material, the new aerospace designation allows for full production traceability in compliance with strict aerospace requirements.
In addition to the Stratasys Certificate of Compliance, each order is provided with traceability documentation and a certificate of analysis confirming batch material properties.
“We believe that these new enhancements will greatly increase the impact of Stratasys FDM 3D printing solutions, clearly demonstrating a commitment to the ongoing success of our manufacturing customers,” said Ryan Sybrant, Stratasys director of manufacturing marketing and enablement.
“Each new feature is designed to address specific manufacturing requirements – including speed, ease-of-use and creation of new industrial applications.”