With its expansive build volume, high dimensional accuracy, heated build chamber and heated build plate, Method XL can print production plastics at a fraction of the cost of industrial machines, UltiMaker ensures.
On the heels of its fresh positioning on the market, UltiMaker unveils the UltiMaker® Method™ XL 3D printer. Building on the success of the famous METHOD 3D printer, the new desktop 3D printer comes with improved features that would enable to bridge the gap between professional and industrial 3D printing.
The new machine is equipped with a spacious 305 mm x 305 mm x 320 mm build volume and a dimensional accuracy of ± 0.2 mm that would enable to produce parts larger than the ones fabricated on the previous machines.
From functional prototyping to end-use parts, those parts could be produced using materials like ABS-R and ABS Carbon Fiber. Thanks to the open materials platform and the LABS Experimental Extruder, new materials from material partners can be processed on the new 3D printer. They include Jabil SEBS, a soft material with flexible, rubber-like properties; Polymaker PolyMax™ PC, a polycarbonate material that combines strength, toughness, and heat resistance, and LEHVOSS PAHT 9891, a carbon fiber-reinforced nylon able to withstand high temperatures.
The heated chamber, which can reach up to 100°C, is designed to enable optimal results when printing with ABS, one of the most popular and challenging materials to successfully print on a desktop 3D printer due to its tendency to warp and deform. New to the Method series is Method XL’s heated build plate, a bonus for customers who want an extra layer of security to avoid warping and layer adhesion issues. Both the heated build plate and the temperature-controlled heated build chamber combine to create a stable environment for printing accurate and strong parts of any size, the company explains.
The 3D printer will also require the use of RapidRinse™, a fast-dissolving support material designed to remove cumbersome and expensive post-processing tasks. To easily upload, monitor, and track their print jobs from their web browser, users could still use the CloudPrint™ software.
“UltiMaker’s mission is to grow the adoption of 3D printing in manufacturing. We saw that there was a lack of production-level industrial capabilities in more accessible and easy-to-use 3D printers,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO at UltiMaker. “With Method XL, we believe we are bringing customers the best 3D printing solution in the market for engineering applications. Method XL is the only 3D printer in its price class with a heated chamber and heated build plate to print large and accurate parts with injection molding plastics like ABS. With the ability to print larger parts, customers can achieve greater output and efficiency, making Method XL an excellent choice for those looking to take their 3D printing to the next level.”
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