Zortrax is showing its new products at Formnext 2022, in Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Center/Messe Frankfurt, hall 11.1 stand C28. On tap will be the Powerful Trio, a newly released resin 3D printing ecosystem, and new high-end photopolymers from Henkel/Loctite and BASF Forward AM. A new medical 3D printer and materials for metal 3D printing will be given a preview.
The Powerful Trio is a comprehensive resin 3D printing and post-processing system consisting of Zortrax Inkspire 2 UV LCD 3D printer, Zortrax Cleaning Station, and Zortrax Curing Station with a range of engineering resins by top global manufacturers like Henkel/Loctite and BASF Forward AM. Zortrax Powerful Trio has been thoroughly tested in a double validation process to guarantee the properties of models 3D printed and post-processed on new Zortrax machines meet or exceed the resin manufacturers’ specification and have been approved by both partners.
“Zortrax and BASF Forward AM joined forces already in the early stages of the machine development, allowing a well-thought-through validation process and excellent fit of resins to the Ink-spire 2 characteristics. The unique composition of the printer’s high intensity UV light engine, easy, automated, and user-friendly Cleaning and Curing Stations are a perfect match with the Ultracur3D resins, resulting in faster curing and post-processing times,” says dr Piotr A. Bazuła, Global Key Account and Business Development at BASF.
The range of BASF Ultracur3D resins calibrated on the Zortrax Inkspire 2 is set to grow in the future. Zortrax has been cooperating with BASF also on FDM materials. Formnext attendees will be the first to get to know which new materials will soon join our offer in both categories.
Attendees will also have a chance to get acquainted with professional Tough resins by Henkel/Loctite. Tough resins can endure high loads before breaking, and hence are suitable for 3D printing mechanically strong, wear and tear resistant, load-bearing components.
“Zortrax is an excellent system for anyone needing to produce high-quality parts consistently. Combining the Zortrax resin system and Loctite materials can add value to designers, manufacturers, universities and many more,” underlines Maarten Adolf, Senior Business Development Manager – 3D printing Europe at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.
New materials for Zortrax Endureal will also be highlighted for the industrial LPD Plus 3D printer. Packages dedicated to metal 3D printing include: Zortrax Full Metal Package 316L with BASF Ultrafuse 316L and Zortrax Full Metal Package 17-4 PH with BASF Ultrafuse 17-4 PH. Another advanced material available on Endureal will be Victrex AM 200 FIL (PAEK), developed for a wide range of demanding applications due to its very high resistance o abrasion, heat, and corrosion even in contact with liquids or chemicals.
Another dual-extrusion 3D printer, Zortrax M300 Dual, in turn, will get new printing profiles for external materials in Z-SUITE. The range of filaments will be extended with filaments from such manufacturers as Kimya, Nanovia and 3DxTech.
Also on display will be 4D models, such as demonstrations with electrically activated movement printed on the M300 Dual 3D printer under a European Space Agency contract. 4D printing technology means that 3D models can change their geometry under the influence of external stimuli (e.g., structures that fold when the ambient temperature falls below a certain value, or mechanisms in which movement is activated electrically). In this joint project, the 4D printing capability was achieved using a multi-material printing feature currently under development for Z-SUITE software.
Lastly, a tool that helps users convert .gcode files to .zcode and .zcodex2 formats is available. Users of slicers programs other than Z-SUITE can follow a few simple steps to get a .zcode or .zcodex2 file to 3D print on any Zortrax LPD or LPD Plus machine.
Formnext 2022 attendees will also have a chance to learn more about Zortrax comprehensive solution for medical customers.