Solidscape launches next generation 3D Printer
Solidscape®, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high precision 3D printers for direct manufacturing applications, announces the launch of the 3Z™PRO high precision wax 3D printer.
With one-touch simplicity, the fully automated 3ZPRO printer brings 3D high precision printing to the office desktop and retail environments. Users of any technical level can produce their own high precision wax parts, ready for casting.
The intuitive touch screen uses icons as a common language. Features include self testing and auto-calibration functions, wireless connectivity, and the ability to load and manage jobs from a remote desktop.
New user-friendly software enables operators to select incremental printing options using a simple on-screen slider bar. Other software innovations provide greater flexibility in scheduling, simplification of the workflow, and remote management.
“These enhancements will allow companies to become more self-sufficient in their direct manufacturing endeavors,” remarked Fabio Esposito, VP Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Solidscape, Inc. “Operators only need to refill materials and replace the build plate, similar to what they already do with their home printer.”
The overall size is 21 X 18 X 16 in, and it weighs 80 lb. The resolution in X and Y is 197 X 197 dots/min. In the Z it is 158 dots/min. Accuracy is ±0.0254 mm. Layer thickness is selectable. The surface finish is 32 to 63 microns. The build envelope is 6 X 6 X 4 in.
Solidscape is also introducing the next generation of stronger, more durable materials, 3ZMODEL and 3ZSUPPORT. These materials produce parts that are easier to work with, while retaining precision and characteristics required for investment casting.
The 3Z Model Material offers a 23% strength improvement over plusCAST® and is more than 50% stronger than previous generations. This organic compound has a melting point of 221°-239°F (95°-115°C).
The printer jet expels micro droplets at a high frequency to build a part in a layer-by-layer process. The compound completely vaporizes during burnout for a highly accurate casting.
The 3Z Support automatically generates a structure to protect the part during the build process. This saves on labor by eliminating the need for CAD designers to configure support structures during the design of new pieces. Once the printing is completed, labor is saved again because the Support material completely dissolves away in a liquid solution, leaving a clean wax part without the need for manual refining. The material comes in the form of an octagonal “crayon” for dust-free loading in pre-measured amounts.
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Solidscape®, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stratasys, Inc.