MakerBot Introduces 3D Printing Innovation

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METHOD X is capable of printing real acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) parts that have no warping or cracking – which typically occurs when printing modified ABS on desktop platforms without heated chambers.

METHOD X is a manufacturing workstation engineered to challenge traditional manufacturing with real ABS material, a 100°C chamber, and Stratasys SR-30 soluble supports to deliver exceptional dimensional accuracy and precision for complex and durable parts.

Desktop 3D printer manufacturers attempt to get around part deformation that occurs, due to the high shrinkage rate of the material, by using a heated build plate in combination with altered ABS formulations that are easier to print but compromise thermal and mechanical properties. With METHOD X, the 100°C Circulating Heated Chamber significantly reduces part deformation while increasing part durability and surface finish.

The MakerBot METHOD X combines industry expertise and technologies from Stratasys

MakerBot ABS for METHOD has thermal and mechanical properties similar to ABS materials used for injection moulding applications — making it ideal for a wide range of applications, including end-use parts, manufacturing tools and functional prototypes. A 100°C Circulating Heated Chamber provides a stable print environment for superior Z-layer bonding —resulting in high-strength parts with superior surface finish. With the MakerBot METHOD X, engineers can design, test and produce models and custom end-use parts with durable, production-grade ABS for their manufacturing needs.

Also new is the availability of Stratasys SR-30 material for easy and fast support removal. METHOD X is the only 3D printer in its price class that uses SR-30  —enabling unlimited design freedom and the ability to print unrestricted geometries, such as large overhangs, cavities and shelled parts. The combination of SR-30 and MakerBot ABS is designed to provide outstanding surface finish and print precision.

‘METHOD X was created for engineers who need true ABS for production-ready parts that are dimensionally-accurate with no geometric restrictions. METHOD X delivers industrial-level 3D printing without compromising on ABS material properties and automation in a new price category,’ said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot.

Engineered as an automated, tinker-free industrial 3D printing system, METHOD X includes industrial features such as Dry-Sealed Material Bays, Dual Performance Extruders, Soluble Supports, and an Ultra-Rigid Metal Frame. METHOD X’s automation and industrial technologies create a controlled printing environment so professionals can design, test, and iterate faster. The lengthened thermal core in the performance extruders are up to 50% longer than a standard hot end to enable faster extrusion, resulting in up to 2X faster print speeds than desktop 3D printers (compared to popular desktop 3D printers when using the same layer height and infill density settings. Speed advantage dependent upon object geometry and material).

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