rapid prototype + manufacturing (rp+m) LLC, a sister company of Thogus, an engineering company whose expertise is in plastic injection molding, announced the addition of a second Fortus FDM 900mc™ 3D Production System, the largest fused deposition modeling (FDM) machine by Stratasys. Part tolerances distinguish the Fortus 900mc from other 3D printing systems. The 900mc speeds up conceptual modeling and functional prototyping while allowing for multiple iterations. The increased capacity will allow rp+m to keep up with the demand of customers needing fast, three-dimensional prototypes and functional production parts in just a few days.
“Because the Fortus 900mc was designed for the highest accuracy and repeatability using real thermoplastic material in additive manufacturing, the addition of a second machine enables us to keep up with the increased demand of our customers to transform their designs from ideas on paper to working prototypes,” stated Matt Hlavin, CEO of rp+m.
The second Fortus 900 joins a family of seven Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) machines, rapid prototyping equipment that uses thermoplastic materials to build three-dimensional, durable pieces — the Stratasys uPrint, Stratasys Dimension, two Stratasys Fortus 400 machines, two Fortus 900mc machines, and the Objet Connex500, which can print products that feature a soft-touch material, are near water-clear and can to run up to 14 materials in one build to create prototypes that offer very high resolution and accuracy.
The Fortus 900mc has the highest throughput and envelope volume (36 x 24 x 36 in), making it appropriate for fabrication and assembly tools, as well as end-use parts. It has precision ball-screw technology for increased accuracy, repeatability and reliability, and is suitable for high-heat applications.
rp+m is comprised of a core group of engineers (industrial and mechanical), product development specialists and plastic experts who understand that speed to market and quality is critical.