MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, ISRAEL — Stratasys Ltd. (www.stratasys.com), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, has unveiled the professional, versatile and fast FDM-based F123 Series (F170, F270 and F370) for smarter prototyping. The new F123 Series combines an enhanced user experience with engineering-grade quality to address the end-to-end rapid prototyping workflow.
The Stratasys F123 Series empowers virtually any user, regardless of 3D printing experience, to build durable and accurate prototypes using a range of functional FDM 3D printing materials. A single Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printer addresses the complete prototyping workflow, from initial concept verification to design validation and final functional performance, to ensure product designs are thoroughly evaluated and endorsed before manufacturing – resulting in better products and shorter lead times.
The exterior design for the Stratasys F123 Series was created together with leading industrial design firm Designworks, a BMW Group Company. Most operations are easily performed using a touch screen user interface. Stratasys F123 Series can be operated remotely from any networked computer in a shared workgroup setting and build progress can be monitored from portable devices. Installing and replacing material is equally fast and easy.
“Our inspiration for the design of the Stratasys F123 Series was advanced robotics. Just as robotic tools of the future will adapt to their envisioned usage environment, we worked with Stratasys to create a look, feel and ergonomic design for the F123 Series that would offer expertly crafted user interactions,” says Andre de Salis, creative director, Designworks. “The Stratasys F123’s striking metal cladding expresses the performance, durability and refinement of the 3D printer to bring a new level of excitement and accessibility to professional 3D printing.”
“Today there is a vast market opportunity in product prototyping that we feel is not being addressed by current 3D printing systems. The launch of the Stratasys F123 Series targets these product design workgroups, industrial designers, engineers, students and educators who demand a professional quality rapid prototyping solution that’s simple to use, produces reliable, engineering-quality results, integrates perfectly within an office or lab setting, and is affordable to own and operate,” says Zehavit Reisin, VP, head of rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. “As the company that invented FDM, Stratasys brings a rich pedigree to the F123 Series, providing our customers an optimal balance between usability and high performance.”
A long-time member of the Solidworks Partner Program, Stratasys is also announcing a GrabCAD Print Add-In for Solidworks. It enables the user to estimate and 3D print parts for a range of Stratasys systems, including the F123 Series without leaving the Solidworks environment. The Stratasys F123 Series is available in three models with build sizes ranging from 10 to 14 inch (25.4 cm to 35.56 cm). The Stratasys F123 Series accepts up to four material types in 10 colors to support a wide range of prototyping and tooling applications.