3D printing giant Stratasys must have left their press release machine on overnight, as they released a dozen announcements yesterday.
Where do we start? New machines, materials and processes were announced:
They’ve broadened the availability of their new “triple jetting” technology. This tech permits printing in flexible, transparent and in color within a single print job, but was only available on their most expensive machines. Now they’ve made the tech available on a lower cost “office friendly” machine, the Objet 260 Connex 1, 2 and 3 models.
Two new production Fortus machines were announced, the 380mc and the 450mc. The main feature appears to be a 20% speed increase, something quite desirable as the large prints on these huge machines can take quite a long time to complete.
A new Objet 30 desktop 3D printer offers twelve different resin materials, providing significant flexibility for a smaller professional 3D printer.
The new Eden260VS has a very interesting and unique feature: soluble support. Previous Objet machines required a water jet process to physically blast support material off of the model. This simply didn’t work well if the model had very fine and delicate features. With soluble support, the support dissolves away without damaging the model. This should be a required feature on all Objet machines.
A new material, Ultem 1010, combines high-temperature resistance with bio-compatibility. This should open up an entirely new class of 3D printed applications.
We’ll have more data on these items later this month when we will examine them in person at Euromold in Frankfurt.