The formnext 2017 exhibition in Frankfurt is still about a month away, but we’ve already been seeing announcements about the various 3D printing innovations companies like Materialise and RP Support will be showcasing at the Messe Frankfurt, November 14th through the 17th. Global 3D printing leader Stratasys will be making a few of its own technology announcements at the trade show, in order to demonstrate the continued impact and applications for full color, multi-material 3D printing.
The company will demonstrate how its 3D printing solutions address the needs of educators, designers, and manufacturers through advanced materials, continuous manufacturing, and rapid prototyping. At 10:30 AM on Stage 2 during the first day of the trade show, Christoph van Den Eertwegh of Stratasys customer Siemens Mobility will give a keynote presentation, titled “Siemens Mobility customizes low-volume production with additive manufacturing,” that will demonstrate how 3D printing technology decreases costs and improves lead times.
Right after Eertwegh’s keynote, Stratasys’ VP of Sales EMEA Andreas Langfeld will give a presentation about “Solutions for Additive Manufacturing” on the TCT Introducing Stage. Speaking of AM solutions, Stratasys will be showcasing its FDM-based F123 Series printers, which offer professional and productive rapid prototyping solutions, at formnext.
told 3DPrint.com last week, “These are the best selling 3D printers Stratasys ever did. They offer simplified operation, taking away barriers for customers to invest, and at an aggressive price point.”Andy Middleton, Stratasys’ President EMEA,
The F123 series is advanced, but also offers ease of use so customers can make sure their product designs are completely “evaluated and endorsed” before they are manufactured, which saves time and money, and makes it possible to deliver better products. It covers the entire prototyping workflow, starting with initial concept verification and moving on to design validation before the final, functional performance prints.
Another Stratasys 3D printer that is great for rapid prototyping – the J750 full-color, multi-material machine – will also be highlighted at formnext. Because of the J750’s ability to combine vivid color transparency with full color texture, users have more control over color and texture, which enables them to create more realistic prototypes.
Stratasys will explain to formnext visitors next month “how it will enable Stratasys J750 users to exercise more control over part geometries and aesthetic properties.”
Finally, the company will have its Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator on hand at formnext, as the modular unit of multiple FDM 3D printer ‘cells’ makes its European trade show debut. The scalable platform extends beyond the existing model of one human operator and one 3D printer to deliver mass customization and volume production – using the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator, 3D printed parts can be continuously produced with only minor interventions from operators.
“These are exciting times in the additive manufacturing world. Now you can print from anywhere to anywhere at any time, producing the exact same part you’re going to expect,” Stratasys Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Scott Crump said at RAPID + TCT this year when the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator was introduced. “Visualize a wave of 5,000 parts per day, way different from way industry is today. This system has enabled us to install at our development customers and have now printed tens of thousands of parts, this is not just a concept, this is in actual practice in the field today.”
Thanks to the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator, completed parts will automatically eject when finished, and new parts will begin. The solution was designed for organizations that require customized ABS parts with no tooling, continuous production capability, or improved supply chain efficiency through distributed manufacturing and just-in-time inventory.
At the Stratasys formnext Stand F40 in Hall 3.1, visitors will be able to get an up-close look at how the company is enabling mass customization of production parts, as well as its rapid prototyping skills – once they choose and order parts from several available designs, they can later pick up the completed part at the stand.
The company’s Fortus 450mc 3D printer will be running live during the show, to showcase FDM printing of tooling and production parts. The Fortus 3D printer line can often be found on the factory floors of many top tooling and low volume production manufacturers, thanks to its wide variety of real engineering materials.
While learning more about some of Stratasys’ additive manufacturing solutions, formnext visitors will also have the chance to learn more about the company’s growing materials portfolio, which includes high strength/high use options like Nylon and Nylon Carbon-filled materials for FDM printing and the flexible Agilus 30 and low-cost PLA material, both good for rapid prototyping.
3DPrint.com will be attending formnext, to bring you all of the latest news and announcements from the show floor in Frankfurt.
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