Challenge Traditional Manufacturing with High Strength Composite Ready Printers

By Bill Resch on

Your challenge is clear: high productivity and worker safety, low cost and materials that can withstand the rigors of a manufacturing environment. Traditional manufacturing has its place, but it is not the only path to strong parts. Additive manufacturing (AM) using carbon fiber-filled nylon material produces strong, lightweight parts with a high strength-to weight ratio for rapid prototyping, short-run production parts and even production-grade parts.

F123CR 3D printers

Stratasys F190CR Stratasys F370CR
Build volume 305 x 254 x 305mm 355 x 254 x 355mm
Filament bays Two Four
Machine size 1626 x 864 x 711mm 1626 x 864 x 711mm
Weight 227kg 227kg
Heated chamber Yes Yes

F123 printers proven long life will optimize customers investment life cycle and meet their workload needs with proven 99% uptime, and 99% first print success. Built to withstand manufacturing environments, with MT connect and workflow software options. See how Stratasys brings all of that to the table and more.

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High Strength Composite 3D Printing

The Stratasys F190CR and F370CR allows you to meet deadlines and stay on budget, with high strength composite printing.

  • Equipped with hardened components to operate with composite materials.
  • Print carbon fiber-reinforced materials like ABS-CF10 and Nylon CF10.
  • Ideal for work holding fixtures, soft jaws, and component parts with composite 3D printing.
  • Print parts in a fraction of the time and cost it takes to machine a metal equivalent.

Composite Material: Nylon-CF10 Key Attributes

  • Filled with 10% chopped carbon fiber strands.
  • Chemical resistant material.
  • Superior surface finish.
  • Accuracy of up-to 0.2 mm.
  • Slice heights: 7, 10, 13.
  • High-performance strength and stiffness are key mechanical property strengths.
  • 84% stronger than ABS-CF10.
  • Soluble support allows for design freedom and complex geometries.

The New FDM Nylon-CF10 bridges the gap between lower temperature composites and the strongest AM composites offered on high temperature machines. Produce stiffer, stronger, chemically resistant parts with a lower part cost using F190CR and F370CR. Nylon-CF10 provides the ability to print complex geometries accurately, with soluble support. It is a lightweight material available now on Stratasys affordable and accurate F123CR series printers.

Combating supply chain disruptions with on demand printed 3D parts

As additive manufacturing continues to move forward and expand in capabilities, 3D printing can solve an increasing number of major supply chain issues. Worried about the aluminum shortage jacking up the prices? No problem — today’s Stratasys F123CR series 3D printers can meet the material specs with light weight composite options competing with traditional machined aluminum parts, printed in anywhere from just hours to days. Thanks to 3D printing, companies may no longer need to store spare parts physically in a warehouse. Instead, they can print these parts on demand, where required, and rapidly deliver these items to the customer.

Digital Inventory

Lastly, the creation of a digital inventory allows for an inventory reduction as well as simple duplication and modification of all the additive tooling. There is no longer a need to store the physical tool when there is CAD data for the tool that can be quickly and cost-effectively reproduced as needed.

Stratasys is leading the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. Through smart and connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and parts on demand, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every stage in the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care.

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