Stratasys recently unveiled three brand new 3D printers. One printer, in particular, filled what some would consider, the widest hole in their 3D printer portfolio: an affordable, large-scale system.
Up until now, organizations seeking to 3D print professional-quality "large" parts were faced with a dilemma. The Stratasys F900, (launched in 2011 as the Fortus 900), is capable of printing highly accurate, thermoplastic parts, but it was designed and built to supply end-use parts to the most demanding industry in the world: aerospace.
The Stratasys F900 is designed to print ULTEM 1010, to +/-.0015 in. per in. accuracy, in a chamber heated to 437° F.
Simply put, it was too much machine for most users.
Not only is the F900 Stratasys' largest printer, but it's the most precise as well. It can 3D print the most demanding materials, from the high heat ULTEM blends (e.g., ULTEM 1010 and ULTEM 9085) to the abrasive carbon-filled Nylon. It is Stratasys' flagship FDM 3D printer and has been transformative for hundreds of companies.
But for companies who needed "big parts" that couldn't justify the cost of an F900, the alternative options weren't always great. They could
After years of research and development, Stratasys has released an affordable, professional, large-format 3D printer: the F770.
The F770 straddles the line between the production-capable Fortus series and the designer-friendly F123 Series. In one axis, the build envelope is actually larger than the F900 (X-axis measures 39.4” vs 36”), but its heritage is more closely traced to Stratasys’ most successful platform to date.
“Easy as 1-2-3” The F123 Series touchscreen interface simplifies queuing, printing, and maintaining the printer.
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The F770 shares printhead technology with the F170, F270, and F370 and draws from the F120 its massive 200in 3 material rolls.
The industrial design and the user experience are firmly “F123 Series.”
And so is the price point.
As a technical advisor, I’m thrilled to have the F770 joining our portfolio of additive manufacturing solutions. The overwhelming market demand is finally being met! And (hopefully) we can say goodbye to dovetailing parts forever.
If you think the F770 is the machine you’ve been waiting for, let us know! We’re actively benchmarking parts and we’re excited to start connecting the world to accessible, large-format 3D printing.
About Tyler Reid
Tyler Reid is a CAD, CAM, and 3D printing expert. His early interest in machine tools led him to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, where he first learned to use SOLIDWORKS. Tyler has worked in the SOLIDWORKS VAR channel since 2010, making his way from technical support to application engineering to product management.
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