3D printing company Stratasys has kicked off the week with a slew of announcements, including the launch of its first SLA 3D printer, the V650 Flex, and the Pantone validation of its colour 3D printing platforms. In addition to the two announcements, the 3D printing giant has also released its latest industrial desktop 3D printer, the F120.
The new 3D printer, part of the F123 Series of FDM machines, was developed with simplicity in mind, pairing ease-of-use with industrial quality 3D printing. In its press release, Stratasys highlights the 3D printer’s simple controls, remote self-monitoring and good reliability and repeatability.
The plug-and-print 3D printer is suitable for design studios, offices or classroom environments, where users may not be experts in 3D printing. By integrating the intuitive GrabCAD Print workflow and a user-friendly touchscreen interface, novice users can quickly adapt to the technology and begin producing high quality parts.
Notably, the F120 3D printer is reportedly capable of achieving print speeds up to three times faster than competing systems and can reliably run 24/7. To further accommodate long print times, the printer is fitted with large filament boxes, enabling up to 250 hours of uninterrupted printing. The machine is also compatible with soluble supports.
“For more than three decades, Stratasys has set the standard for performance, reliability and accuracy in industrial-level 3D printing technology,” commented Omer Krieger, EVP of Products at Stratasys. “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.
“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 new 3D printer was tested extensively by Stratasys for over 1,200 hours to validate its print reliability and consistency as well as its print accuracy. In terms of quality, Stratasys says the F120 efficiently produces robust, durable and complex parts.
Krieger added: “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 F120 is the newest addition to Stratasys’ F123 Series, which also includes the F170, F270 and F370 3D printers. The series is known for combining Stratasys’ FDM 3D printing technology with the design-to-print GrabCAD Print software. The new F120, currently on display at AMUG in Chicago, is priced at $11,999 (or £9,240 in the UK and € 10,999 in Europe). Delivery for the new desktop 3D printer will begin in July 2019.