New material allows 3D printing to be used for high volume production

Posted on 18 Nov 2015 by Tim Brown
SUP706 from Stratasys is ideal for cleaning multiple small parts simultaneously - image courtesy of Stratasys.
SUP706 from Stratasys is ideal for cleaning multiple small parts simultaneously - image courtesy of Stratasys.

Stratasys, the maker of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced a new soluble support material that is designed to significantly reduces the time and manpower required to clean 3D printed models.

The material – SUP706 for PolyJet triple-jetting 3D printers – makes the process of 3D printing far more efficient, so much so that it potentially now enables companies to efficiently scale-up the use of 3D printers to high volume production.

SUP706 automates post-processing of 3D printed parts with a simple two-step, soak-and-rinse process, giving users the ability to maximize productivity while achieving a low cost-per-part.

High-production environments including service bureaus and internal prototyping shops will experience a faster and easier support material removal process.

“The development of SUP706 provides a great combination of advantages for 3D printing users,” said David Tulipman, director of product management for PolyJet consumables at Stratasys.

“Owners of PolyJet-based 3D printers can now print small, intricate features with greater reassurance, and clean several parts at once, enabling high volume 3D printing that’s both cost-effective and hassle-free.”

Harder, Stronger, Better

Also recently added to the Stratasys material portfolio is ULTEM 1010 Resin for the Fortus 3D Production Systems.

This high-performance thermoplastic offers the best heat resistance, tensile strength and chemical resistance of any fused deposition modelling (FDM) thermoplastic.

Ideal for aerospace, automotive, food processing and medical device applications, ULTEM 1010 resin combines strength and thermal stability for advanced industrial tooling.

The Manufacturer has partnered with Stratasys to produce a webinar to further explain the transformational benefits of 3D printing, specifically for injection moulding, jigs and fixtures, End of Arm Tools and production parts.

The webinar is taking place on December 3 at 2pm (BST). Click here to register.

The webinar will show how UK-based additive manufacturing experts, FDM Digital, developed ground breaking tooling applications for major aerospace and automotive OEMs and saves up to 70% on its tooling costs. Check out the video below from FDM Digital for more information.