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22nd February 2018, Eden Prairie, MN

Additive manufacturing in action at JEC World

As the only additive manufacturing solutions provider at JEC World 2018, Stratasys will provide visitors with the opportunity to see the Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer running live on in Hall 6 at stand G59, demonstrating the ability to rapidly address high-temperature composite applications in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional production methods.

The company’s development of high-temperature materials the increased throughput of its production 3D printers, enable the manufacture of high-temperature lay-up/sacrificial tooling in hours or days, rather than the weeks or months it would take to produce and procure tooling made from traditional methods. 3D printed tooling also offers disruptive cost-savings compared to traditional tooling materials and numerous other less quantified benefits, such as dramatic weight savings.

Hollow inlet duct by Swift Engineering, created using the Stratasys FDM-printed sacrificial tooling solution. © Stratasys

Companies such as McLaren Racing, Edalis, Swift Engineering and Champion Motorsport Porsche are already enjoy dramatic time and cost savings of up to 90%.

Stratasys will also highlight its FDM Nylon 12CF material – the industry’s first FDM composite 3D printing material. The carbon fibre-filled thermoplastic contains 35% chopped carbon-fibre and is strong enough to replace metal, allowing designers to develop more practical and functional designs. The company will demonstrate how the impressive mechanical properties of FDM Nylon 12CF enables engineers to explore the transition from traditional metal parts to 3D printed plastic composites.

This is illustrated by Dutch 3D service bureau, Visual First, which is using FDM Nylon 12CF carbon-filled thermoplastic to replace metal machine parts for its customer, The Chocolate Factory.

Also, as part of JEC World’s application showcase programme, Stratasys has had two parts selected for display in the Automotive section of the Innovation Planets area. Stratasys will display a sacrificial tooling application developed for Champion Motorsport Porsche and a composite fairing lay-up tool.

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