Stratasys expands its metal AM activity with Sapphire™ – brings industrial 3D printing to masses with the F120 3D printer

Stratasys is currently accelerating its metal AM and its FDM markets. Last year, the company took its first steps into the metal AM market. Today, to expand its services in this area, the manufacturer of 3D printers purchases VELO3D’s Sapphire™ 3D print system and Flow™ software.

Unveiled last year, the laser powder bed metal 3D printing system is intended for high volume manufacturing. Its features include support generation, simulated print predictions, per-surface process application, slice composer and process review. 

The Sapphire system from VELO3D is an important part of advancing our capabilities to include using additive metals in applications and geometries previously challenging to 3D print,” said Kent Firestone, CEO of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. “This is a natural step in building our service portfolio, and we are excited to take on projects with more complexity to drive further adoption of serialized production additive manufacturing and push the boundaries of 3D metal printing.”

Kent Firestone

The manufacturer aims to remain at the forefront of FDM technologies

A few days ago, ABIresearch revealed that Stratasys scored highest in the overall category of implementation and topped four of the twelve ranking criteria of top major vendors of MA technologies.

The specialist of FDM technologies intends to stay among the leaders by adding the F120 to its  F123™ Series of FDM® printers. This newest member of the family will enable masses to discover industrial 3D printing with a Stratasys 3D printer.

Allowing for multiple uses in a single system, the F120 enables applications that range from rapid prototyping and tooling to full manufacturing. The printer processes large filament boxes and allows for up to 250 hours of uninterrupted printing.

The F120 is backed by 1200 hours of testing of the most important print performance attributes – including part robustness, accuracy, and how well the printed part matches the CAD file. Incorporating the benefits of larger systems, the F120 printer can 3D print complex, innovative designs with confidence.

For Omer Krieger, EVP Products, Stratasys: “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.”

Omer Krieger

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