Industrial scale printer speeds additive manufacturing

Written by: Caroline Hayes | Published:
Stratasys launched the Objet1000 Plus 3D Production System, compatible with Endur polypropylene-like material.

An industrial scale printer offers extra-large print size and accelerated speeds for demanding manufacturing applications including aerospace, automotive, medical devices, consumer products as well as for service bureaus and universities.

Stratasys launched the Objet1000 Plus 3D Production System at this week's Hannover Messe 2015, Germany. It brings, says the company, versatility to the world of large scale 3D printing, mixing materials and part sizes while maintaining precision. It is believed to be the first of its kind to combine large print sizes, multiple materials, accelerated print speeds, super fine resolution and a simplified workflow. It can be used to create industrial 1:1 scale prototypes, large ergonomic production tools or low volumes of small parts.

The large build envelope measures 1,000 x 800 x 500mm and is traversed with a new optimised print block movement that accelerates print speeds up to 40% faster than its predecessor.

Users can choose from more than 100 materials including the polypropylene-like Endur. The system can produce tough parts with smooth surface finishes in high-speed mode while taking advantage of the Endur Digital Materials which combine two resins in a single material for a wider range of material properties.

Up to 14 material properties are possible on a single part, from rubber-like materials, Digital ABS and various Shore A levels. Many parts can be produced with varying properties in a single run.

The company claims there is no trade-off between part size and part quality. The workflow is identical to smaller PolyJet 3D printing systems, and the system is designed for long periods of unattended operation.

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