EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota & REHOVOT, Israel – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) today introduced a new ABS-based carbon fiber material for its award-winning line of F123 Series ™ 3D printers, the first composite material for the platform. Carbon fiber materials have proven to be extremely popular on Stratasys industrial scale FDM® 3D printers for a variety of end applications such as jigs, fixtures and tooling. With FDM® ABS-CF10, Stratasys is now making carbon fiber much more accessible to the engineering and manufacturing community with the high performance F170 ™, F270 ™ and F370 ™ 3D printers.
The material properties of FDM ABS-CF10, with 10% chopped carbon fiber, make it an attractive alternative to metal parts. In fact, the material is 15% stronger and over 50% stiffer than standard ABS, minus the weight of metal, and can be printed with a high degree of precision. The water-soluble QSR Support ™ material enables complex and complex parts to be 3D printed without tedious manual removal of the support.
Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group, based in the UK, specializes in the conversion and modification of military, civil and business aircraft, as well as defense vehicle engineering and shelter manufacturing. The company uses both Fortus® 450mc and F370 3D printers for various tooling applications.
“All of the tools we create have different and often unique requirements,” said Chris Botting, manager of materials and environmental engineering at Marshall. “Our F370 3D printers give us the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of materials depending on application demands while producing functional parts. 3D printing of parts that we would have historically made in metal has significantly reduced the costs compared to machining the part in aluminum, while reducing the overall weight of the part. We are eager to start realizing the benefits of FDM ABS-CF10 to create manufacturing aids as we have done with our other carbon fiber materials.
Stratasys internal analysis suggests that the additive manufacturing market for polymer jigs and accessories is expected to grow at an annual rate of 14.2% between 2019 and 2023, reaching nearly $ 600 million, or double the growth rate of the previous four years. With its FDM ABS-CF10 material, Stratasys is particularly focused on applications in the aerospace, automotive, industrial and leisure sectors. Parts applications include end effectors used with industrial robots, ergonomic aids such as lifting aids and hand tools, and alignment devices on assembly lines.
“There’s a reason manufacturers are increasingly turning to 3D printed carbon fiber materials,” said Dick Anderson, senior vice president of manufacturing, Stratasys. “It’s incredibly strong, versatile and light. We want to enable all of our FDM customers to take advantage of these hardware features. The introduction of FDM ABS-CF10 is an important step in the growth of the presence of 3D printing in the global manufacturing industry.
FDM material ABS-CF10 is expected to be available in April 2021 and orders are being taken now. Learn more about carbon fiber material for F123 series in line.
Stratasys is a global leader in polymer-based additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology and is the manufacturer of FDM, PolyJet ™, P3, and 3D printers based on stereolithography. The company’s technologies are used to create prototypes, manufacturing tools and production parts for industries including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, consumer products and education. For over 30 years, Stratasys products have helped manufacturers reduce product development time, costs and time to market, as well as reduce or eliminate tooling costs and improve quality. some products. Stratasys’ ecosystem of 3D printing solutions and expertise includes 3D printers, materials, software, expert services and on-demand parts production.
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