While 3D printers are gaining in use and popularity, they are still not as easy to use as needed to really make headway in the market. At the 2019 AMUG Conference in Chicago, Stratasys is introducing the F120, an industrial 3D printer for the masses – backed by simple controls, remote self-monitoring, exclusive 3D printing hardware, and high levels of reliability and repeatability. This printer is the newest member of the F123 Series of FDM printers. Since Stratasys no longer sells the UPrint, this printer can be used in its place.
The F120 makes it simple even for the novice to get started with 3D printing in the design studio, office or education environments. Streamlined plug-and-print functionality removes complexity from typical workflow processes with a user-friendly touchscreen interface and GrabCAD Print workflow.
The F120 will make it easier for small to medium size design firms to afford technology that’s reliable, repeatable, and industrial grade. Designers and engineers who work in small groups in large organizations can have a 3D printer desk side, or outside of the lab and accessible to alleviate the friction that sometimes is created when they have to wait for a part.
Allowing for multiple uses in a single system, the F120 can support everything from rapid prototyping and tooling to full manufacturing. With an ability to print up to 3X faster than competitive solutions and tested 24/7 performance, large filament boxes allow for up to 250 hours of uninterrupted printing.
The filament boxes use “spooless” technology. They are filled with 200 cubic inches of material, which delivers three times more material than a typical filament spool. That allows for the 250 hours of uninterrupted printing. The build volume is 10 by 10 by 10 in. Among the materials for the system are ABS, ASA, and the SR30 soluble support.
“For more than three decades, Stratasys has set the standard for performance, reliability and accuracy in industrial-level 3D printing technology. Some of the largest names in automotive, aerospace, and healthcare count on us to deliver repeatable and accurate 3D prints for both prototypes and end-use parts,” said Omer Krieger, EVP Products, Stratasys. “The F120 3D printer introduces this cutting-edge technology to even the most basic users, transcending many entry-level machines. Never before has it been this easy to put 3D printing to work for everyone – from students preparing for industry to the smallest design studio, through full-scale prototyping departments putting tools at designers’ fingertips.”
The F120 is backed by 1200 hours of independent testing of the most important print performance attributes – including part robustness, accuracy, and how well the printed part matches the CAD file. Incorporating the benefits of larger systems, the F120 printer can 3D print complex, innovative designs with confidence. A streamlined workflow takes designers from CAD directly to 3D print. FTL files are not necessary anymore.
Continued Krieger, “While many analysts report the entry-level 3D printing segment has grown significantly, we note organizations struggle with building production-level models on the first or second try – at the reliability and repeatability of high-end systems. This puts smaller designers and academic institutions at a significant disadvantage. The Stratasys F120 printer meets the needs of customers, providing engineering and design groups with highly productive part printing – whether they’re across the hall or around the globe.”
The Stratasys F120 joins the full F123 Series of 3D printers, including the F170, F270 and F370 – combining dependable FDM technology with design-to-print GrabCAD Print software. The solution is available to order as of today, with delivery starting in July, and is priced at $11,999 in the US. This price point is about 40% lower than the F170.
Attendees at this week’s Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Conference 2019 in Chicago, IL. can see the F120 3D Printer at Booth No. D17 in Salon D of the Hilton Chicago.