Stratasys is entering the stereolithography segment of the 3D printing market. The company is introducing the V650 Flex stereolithography 3D printer. It combines the power of a large-scale system with a configurable environment for fine-tuning across a range of resins.
Backed by a partnership with DSM, a global company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, customers can capitalize on the quality and performance of Somos stereolithography resins with the V650 Flex 3D printer. Available from Stratasys and backed by years of extensive use at its service bureau, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, DSM Somos-verified resins enable customers to produce high-quality, durable parts that meet requirements of a range of applications.
“While stereolithography is one of the original 3D printing processes – mainly used to create master patterns or large concept models quickly and accurately – customers have been challenged by restricted systems that can’t be configured and materials at a high cost-per-part,” said Omer Krieger, EVP Products, Stratasys.
“The V650 Flex is the result of customer demand for a fully configurable system to match specific applications and use-cases. The solution is one of the first large-scale systems for creating reliable, high-quality parts across design concepts, validation, investment casting, tooling, and injection molding.”
The V650 Flex printer has a build volume of 20”W x 20”D x 23”H, with interchangeable vats, a runtime of more than 75,000 hours and more than 150,000 parts produced inside Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. The laser based system cures 1000 ips versus other stereolithography systems that cure at 400 ips.
The open vat configuration of the V650 Flex stereolithography printer enables users to use their favourite resins. But the system also comes with recipes for DSM Somos resins commercially available directly from Stratasys – including:
–Somos Element: The antimony-free stereolithography resin, specifically designed for producing strong, stable investment casting patterns with fine-feature detail and very low residual burnout ash.
–Somos NeXt: The resin that provides the accuracy of stereolithography with the look, feel and performance of a thermoplastic.
–Somos PerFORM: The material-of-choice for applications that require strong, stiff, high-temperature resistant parts, such as tooling and wind tunnel testing.
–Somos Watershed XC 11122: A clear solution for designers looking for ABS and PBT-like properties for stereolithography – producing highly detailed, dimensionally stable, optically-clear parts with water resistance.
Stratasys is exclusively unveiling the V650 Flex stereolithography printer at this week’s Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Conference 2019 in Chicago, IL. Visit Stratasys at Booth No. D17 in Salon D of the Hilton Chicago.