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Stratasys Ltd. today introduced a new large-format FDM® 3D printer for manufacturers. The Stratasys F770™ 3D printer features the longest fully heated build chamber on the market – 46 inches on the diagonal. The spacious build envelope is more than 13 cubic feet (372 liters), opening up new opportunities for manufacturing, prototyping and production part applications that are simply unavailable with smaller printers.

 

Priced under $100,000, the F770 printer is available for orders now and is expected to ship in late June.

 

The F770 prints standard thermoplastics and uses soluble support material, which allows parts with complex internal structures to be designed and printed with minimal post-processing. In addition, integrated GrabCAD Print™ software makes CAD-to-print workflow simple, even for parts with large, advanced geometries. Stratasys also provides enterprise application connectivity through the MTConnect standard and its GrabCAD Software Development Kit. Lights out, 24/7 operation is enabled through mobile device monitoring, a built-in camera, and up to 140 hours of unattended printing.

Sub-Zero Group Inc., based in Madison, Wisc., manufactures luxury appliances, and has been a beta customer for the F770. Doug Steindl, corporate development lab supervisor, says the F770 helps keep the printing of larger parts in-house, creating a cost savings of 30 to 40 percent. “It’s speed to market on everything,” he says. “Our 3D printing lab is faced with new product builds every six weeks. The faster we can turn things around, the better, and the quickest way we can do that is to keep as much in house as possible. The F770 delivers on that need.”

 

The F770 helps manufacturers avoid the high costs and long lead times of traditional machining, the complexity of some high-end 3D printers, and the poor quality and hidden costs of many other low-end large format 3D printers on the market. It provides the intuitive interface and ease of use of Stratasys F123 Series™ printers in a jumbo form factor. The system is accurate to less than .25 mm in the XY axis and features a build envelope of 1000 x 610 x 610 mm. Key applications include large jigs and fixtures, large functional prototypes such as vehicle panels, and large trays full of small production parts. 

It’s time to go big. As manufacturers scale up their embrace of 3D printers on the shop floor, size gives them the ability to print large or print many. At the same time, our experience working with the world’s leading companies has taught us that quality parts are non-negotiable, and labor productivity and capital costs are essential to competitive advantage. We built the F770 to truly deliver on every measure for manufacturing.

Dick Anderson, senior vice president of manufacturing at Stratasys

The F770 will be available with either ivory ASA or black ABS-M30™ material and SR-30™ soluble support material. 

 

A live event, with replay available, will be held on Wednesday, April 28, to provide more information, or visit the F770 product page.

 

Stratasys, FDM, F770, F123, GrabCAD, ABS-M30, and SR-30 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Stratasys Ltd. and/or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners, and Stratasys assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of these non-Stratasys products.