If you’re designing large parts, medium parts or lots of small parts for high value applications like automobiles and aircraft, you want an additive manufacturing system built for maximum versatility. So today’s announcement from Stratasys on the new large-scale Objet1000 Plus 3D Production System is good news for everyone – especially those engaged in industrial products, aerospace, automotive, medical technology, consumer products, service bureaus or anyone who is doing university research projects.
Simply put, this high performance dynamo gets everything right. It combines large-scale 3D printing with an expanded multi-material palette, accelerated print speeds, high resolution and lower cost per part to meet a wide range of demanding manufacturing applications.
Ron Ellenbogen, Stratasys Product Marketing Director, took a few minutes from his busy schedule to take us on an Objet1000 Plus deep dive.
Galit: What makes the Objet1000 Plus such big news in additive manufacturing?
Ron: The Objet1000 Plus brings exceptional versatility to the world of large scale 3D printing. It is a multi-purpose 3D Production System, the first of its kind to combine large print sizes and multiple materials to produce parts from a wide assortment of different materials at accelerated print speeds and super fine resolution. It also simplifies the workflow and makes it possible for manufacturers, designers and engineers to efficiently create industrial 1:1 scale prototypes, large production tools or low volumes of complex small parts – all with excellent surface finish, precision and fine details.
Galit: So, with these kinds of benefits, how can customers make the most of the Objet1000 Plus to improve their business?
Ron: Let me tell you about four areas that can really impact companies’ versatility and bottom line.
First of all you can 3D print large parts, like precise check gauges and large jigs and fixtures over 1 meter in length in one build, eliminating the need to split large files in CAD and later assemble the parts.
Secondly, you can 3D print many same or different small parts in one simultaneous job or even 3D print small detailed parts or injection molds in the free space around a large part to reduce the average print time and cost per part. Small parts added this way take no extra printing time.
Thirdly, the large envelope printing size and high resin capacity of the Objet1000 Plus combined with optimized movement of the print block reaps significant manufacturing benefits like long and unattended print jobs.
Finally, along with its size and speed benefits, the Objet1000 Plus offers Connex multi-material 3D printing capabilities to efficiently produce parts with diverse material properties and to allow for new product possibilities and faster response to customer requirements.
Galit: What challenges does the Objet1000 Plus solve for demanding manufacturing applications?
Ron: Based on our unique Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, it makes it simple to mix multiple materials and, since there are practically no limits as far as design complexity or detail are concerned, it opens the door to completely new creations and a wide range of part applications. From rubber-like materials to tough Digital ABS to various Shore A levels, up to 14 material properties are possible on a single part. And many parts can be produced with varying properties in a single run. For an even wider range of material properties, you can choose from more than 100 Stratasys materials including the tenacious Endur Digital Material which allows you to produce more durable prototypes for repetitive testing and tough assembly tools as well as production parts.
Part size is also not a problem. The system has an extremely large build envelope of 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39 x 31 x 19 inch), providing an excellent solution to produce full-scale prototypes and large, or small, production tools without loss of precision. As for print speed, the print area is efficiently traversed with a new optimized print block movement that reduces printing time by up to 40 percent than its predecessor for optimal performance, particularly for large parts built diagonally across the tray.
Last but not least, we know companies try to avoid manual work and so the Objet1000 Plus offers reduced post processing. The washable support material is quick and simple to remove with a specially designed water jet system, and for most applications the smooth, multi-material PolyJet parts require no polishing, rubberizing or painting.
This unique combination of multi-material versatility, alongside higher productivity and reduced post processing, results in optimal performance, improved workflow and potentially lower cost-per-part for a wide range of demanding manufacturing applications.
Galit: You’ve spoken to initial customers who have been using the Objet1000 Plus. Can you share any customer feedback?
Ron: One of our customers, a service bureau with high capacity needs for a wide range of applications, is using the Objet1000 Plus to rapidly produce high quality prototypes, jigs and fixtures for leading automotive and aerospace customers. Another customer, in the automotive industry, is using the Objet1000 Plus for rapid prototyping car parts. In both cases, the system is delivering impressive results in terms of higher printing speeds and an improved work flow. There is hardly any need for post-processing.
For more information about the industrial scale, multi-purpose Objet1000 Plus 3D Production System, contact a reseller or visit the Stratasys website. Images and a spec sheet are available by visiting the Stratasys newsroom.