3DFortify, the Boston-based 3D printing startup, revealed that it has started shipments of its FLUX ONE composite 3D printers directly to customer sites. The company launched the 3D printing platform in March, gaining traction in the market with its unique printing capabilities. But after the operational disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the team has managed to stay close to their delivery timelines.
Speaking about the first shipments Josh Martin, CEO and Co-founder of Fortify commented, “Shipping our first product is a monumental step for Fortify. Despite shutdowns due to COVID, our lean team has been able to push forward and deliver the technology with minimal disruption to our timeline. After several years of development and servicing customers remotely, we are thrilled to have customers using these machines at their site to bring products to market.”
FLUX ONE Composite 3D Printer
FLUX ONE is a composite 3D printer operating on their patented Fluxprint™ technology that brings together magnetics and digital light processing (DLP) 3D printing. Fortify’s Digital Composite Manufacturing (DCM) process 3D prints fortified composite materials.
In Digital Composite Manufacturing, functional additives must be uniformly distributed to achieve consistent material properties. Continuous Kinetic Mixing (CKM™) addresses this issue by blending resin and additives. Material is recirculated (and heated as required) throughout the printing process.
Continuous Kinetic Mixing (CKM™)enables printing of photopolymer resins with uniformly distributed functional additives. The system ensures that particles stay in suspension instead of agglomerating or settling to the bottom of the vat.
The uniform distribution is achieved through the magnets which come into play to orient reinforcing fibers in the same direction. The direction is changeable as needed on a layer-by-layer, section-by-section basis, for unprecedented strength in such parts. Such strength is ideal for the high-performance applications Fortify is targeting, including their beachhead application of injection mold tooling.
The tooling application is serviced by Fortify’s Digital Tooling resin, a proprietary blend of resin and ceramic fibers that is optimized for high-resolution parts which perform under pressure and temperature.
Explaining about the applications of FLUX ONE composite 3D printers, Paul Dresens, VP of Engineering at Fortify says, “The modular platform we are bringing to market gives us flexibility to serve a range of applications. We can tailor the systems for the advanced additive manufacturing applications enabled by our unique ability to achieve new material properties.”
Fortify will fulfill additional orders for FLUX ONE composite 3D printers this year, shipping printers to additional customer sites for tooling and advanced electronic applications.
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