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24th July 2019, Eden Prairie, MN

Stratasys’ cost-effective solutions at Composites Europe 2019

Preform tool produced with the Stratasys F900 Production System using ULTEM 1010 resin produced by IDEC and Wehl & Partner. © Stratasys

Preform tool produced with the Stratasys F900 Production System using ULTEM 1010 resin produced by IDEC and Wehl & Partner. © Stratasys

Stratasys will demonstrate its latest 3D printing solutions for composites at this year’s Composites Europe in September. Visitors will learn how a host of industries can enjoy significant time and cost efficiencies when implementing additive manufacturing throughout their production operations.

Stratasys will showcase the versatility of its FDM and PolyJet technologies for the entire product development process, from fully-functional prototypes, to tooling and final production parts. A number of key customers such as Eckhart, IDEC and Wehl & Partner, Santa Cruz and McLaren, will be represented on stand.

High-performance and cost-effective

For composite tooling applications, 3D printing offers a compelling business case, compared to traditional tooling methods. Stratasys’s development of high-temperature materials, as well as the increased throughput of its FDM production-level 3D printers, enable the manufacture of complex lay-up / sacrificial tools in hours or days, rather than the weeks or months it would take with traditional manufacturing, the company explains.

On stand, Stratasys will display a number of customer examples, which showcase how durable, yet lightweight 3D printed composite tools are being utilised across a range of industry sectors. One such example is a Santa Cruz bicycle featuring a number of carbon-fibre parts produced using 3D printed tools. Using Stratasys FDM 3D printing, the high-end mountain bike manufacturer is able to rapidly produce fully functional prototypes and iterate more designs fast than ever before, which has significantly streamlined its overall design process.

Another key customer represented on stand will be IDEC and Wehl & Partner, a leading Spanish provider of composite solutions for aerospace. Using its Stratasys F900 Production System and ULTEM 1010 resin, the company produced a preform tool in less than sixty hours, a dramatic 67% reduction compared to traditional methods.

Tailored solutions, innovative results

Operating live on stand will be Stratasys’ flagship solution for the composites industry, the Fortus 380 Carbon Fibre 3D Printer. The Fortus 380CF features Stratasys’ high-performance Nylon 12 carbon fibre thermoplastic material. Containing 35% chopped carbon-fibre, Nylon 12CF is strong enough to replace metal, allowing designers to develop more practical and functional designs.

Stratasys will demonstrate how the impressive mechanical properties of FDM Nylon 12CF enable engineers to explore the transition from traditional metal parts to 3D printed plastic composites. The high stiffness-to-weight ratio of FDM Nylon 12CF is suitable for functional performance testing demands in automotive, aerospace, recreational goods, and industrial manufacturing sectors.

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