Stratasys, yesterday, announced its entry into the Stereolithography segment with the launch of its new V650™ Flex Stereolithography 3D printer. The company aims to disrupt the existing market with its superior product offering which combine the power of large-scale printing across a wide range of resins.
The new printer will exhibit better quality, greater accuracy, and lower costs in 3D printed prototype and part development.
V650™ Flex Stereolithography 3D Printer
The V650™ Flex Stereolithography 3D printer is Stratasys’ entry into the Stereolithography segment. It is the result of more than four years of testing. The printer boasts of a 20”W x 20”D x 23”H build volume. It has interchangeable resin vats. The V650 Flex printer has been tested with a runtime of over 75,000 hours and more than 150,000 parts produced inside Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, the service business of Stratasys. The V650 Flex puts the power of verified resins and a configurable system to work – helping customers produce extremely durable, highly complex and accurate parts.
It is supported by a partnership with Royal DSM, a global purpose-led, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. The global customers will now have the freedom and choice to leverage the quality and high-performance of Somos® Stereolithography resins with the V650 Flex Stereolithography 3D printer.
Customers will now be able to produce high-quality, durable parts that meet requirements of a wide range of applications with the Stratasys & DSM Somos-verified resins.
The Stratasys V650 Flex Stereolithography 3D printer comes with a user-friendly, touch-screen interface developed in parallel with SolidView build preparation software.
Speaking about the V650 Flex Stereolithography 3D printer, Omer Krieger, EVP Products, Stratasys said, “While Stereolithography is one of the original 3D printing processes – mainly used to create master patterns or large concept models quickly and accurately – customers have been challenged by restricted systems that can’t be configured and materials at a high cost-per-part. The V650 Flex is the result of customer demand around the world wanting a better solution – fully configurable to match the specific application and use-case. The solution is truly one of the first large-scale systems for creating reliable, high-quality parts across design concepts, validation, investment casting, tooling, and injection moulding.”
“From the high-performance demands of automotive and aerospace industries to the durability and flexibility requirements of consumer goods, customers worldwide rely on Somos materials to create the highest-performing additive manufacturing prototypes and tools. Stratasys’ entrance into the Stereolithography segment is really a game-changer for the industry. Our collaboration allows customers to have greater access and flexibility for development of durable and reliable prototypes and tooling using Stereolithography 3D printing.”
The open vat configuration of the V650 Flex Stereolithography printer comes with recipes for DSM Somos resins commercially available directly from Stratasys – including:
- Somos® Element:The antimony-free Stereolithography resin, specifically designed for producing strong, stable investment casting patterns with fine-feature detail and very low residual burnout ash.
- Somos® NeXt:The resin that provides the accuracy of Stereolithography with the look, feel and performance of a thermoplastic.
- Somos® PerFORM:The material-of-choice for applications that require strong, stiff, high-temperature resistant parts, such as tooling and wind tunnel testing.
- Somos® Watershed XC 11122:A clear solution for designers looking for ABS and PBT-like properties for Stereolithography – producing highly detailed, dimensionally stable, optically-clear parts with water resistance.
Omer Krieger also added, “The Stratasys on-demand network of service personnel and resellers is designed to enable customers to achieve much more through Stereolithography than they have in the past. The fact that the V650 Flex printer is configurable and the resins already verified allows end-users to reach design precision previously unavailable in yesterday’s Stereolithography solutions.”
Stratasys V650™ Flex Stereolithography 3D printer will be exclusively unveiled at the upcoming Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Conference 2019 in Chicago.
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