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Fortify Now Shipping FLUX ONE Composite 3D Printers to Customer Sites

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Boston-headquartered 3D printing startup Fortify is now shipping its FLUX ONE 3D printers to customers. Shaking up the industry in March as they announced the impending release of the new 3D printing platform, the inventors of magnetic 3D printing have now created a unique process centered around engineering applications; for instance, a typical use for the FLUX ONE 3D printer would be in mold tooling.

Some of the most classic benefits of 3D printing are on display with this new technology, allowing industrial users greater versatility, along with the ability to print objects like fiber-reinforced photopolymer mold tools quickly—and with exponential savings on the bottom line. Tooling mechanisms are used with the Fortify Digital Tooling resin, comprised of resin infused with ceramic fibers, meant for the production of quality, high-resolution 3D printed parts expected to be strong under both temperature and pressure.

“Shipping our first product is a monumental step for Fortify,” said Josh Martin, CEO, and Co-founder of 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.”

Two different proprietary Fortify technologies are integrated into FLUX ONE printers: CKM and Fluxprint. Not only do they present the opportunity for greater optimization in the performance of parts for tooling applications, but also allow for engineering additives to be included.

The Fortify team stated in a recent press release sent to 3DPrint.com that they will also be shipping more FLUX ONE 3D printers out this year to other customers engaged in applications for tooling and more complex electronics.

“The modular platform we are bringing to market gives us flexibility to serve a range of applications,” said Paul Dresens, VP of Engineering at Fortify. “We can tailor the systems for the advanced additive manufacturing applications enabled by our unique ability to achieve new material properties.”

Fortify was founded in 2016 by Randall Erb and Joshua Martin, researchers from Northeastern University. The two shared a growing interest in 3D printing with composites, and their ultimate goal was to make big changes to the technology in terms of speeding up the process and creating faster turnaround, along with improving materials often associated with more conventional processes. The result was the invention of Fluxprint, or magnetic 3D printing.

Fortify’s digital composite manufacturing (DCM) process is now being used in tooling, aerospace, and automotive industries. Find out more about this dynamic company, their advanced materials, and how they are disrupting an already disruptive industry in a recent interview between our Executive Editor Joris Peels and Fortify founder Joshua Martin.

 

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