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The Latest Addition to our Lab: Meet the Stratasys F900

We are delighted with our new Stratasys F900. Both the F900 and our Fortus 900mc have the largest build size of any FDM system. That’s an amazing 914.4 x 609.6 x 914.4 mm of build space for us to play with. Twice.

The addition of the F900 has doubled our capacity and halved lead times for print runs using the 900 technology.

Fluxaxis Production Manager, Jake Augur, is very happy with the latest addition to our Lab:

"The F900 puts us in a unique position in the Additive Manufacturing market. We're now the only bureau in the UK with two 900-class machines."

So, what sets the F900 apart?

The F900 is the ultimate manufacturing-grade production 3D printer. There’s a growing demand for production-grade, custom 3D-printed tooling and parts. Engineers and designers have specific requirements and the Additive Manufacturing industry is fulfilling these at an increasingly rapid rate with new print systems able to handle a range of exciting new materials.

The F900 is built specifically with manufacturing and heavy industries in mind. It offers the widest array of engineering-grade materials and is designed to handle all sorts of demanding manufacturing needs, producing robust production parts, jigs and fixtures whilst also being ideal for factory tooling and functional prototypes.

It easily fulfils the key triple demands of reliability, repeatability, and durability. When it comes to fine detailing and fast building, the F900 enables us to modify and tweak these demands as each project requires.

The F900 system offers a wide range of thermoplastics with advanced mechanical properties and parts printed on this system can endure high heat, caustic chemicals, sterilization and high-impact applications. And our F900 has certainly been busy. In the last few months few it’s produced a series of life-sized cartoon characters set to be installed in some flagship retail stores, automotive parts, jigs, tools and a variety of fixtures.

“The F900 gives us access to a much wider palette of advanced materials such as high-performance polymer, Antero 800 and Nylon CF. It also means that when exciting new materials emerge in the future, we’ll be ready and can hit the ground running. It’s a great addition to our Lab!” says Fluxaxis Production Engineer, Simon Poon.

Here’s a reminder of the benefits these two materials, exclusive to the F900 series:

Nylon CF

This is currently one of the stiffest materials available for printing and Stratasys printers are the only ones in the industry that include a 35% Carbon Fibre minimum in their material, compared to a much lower percentage industry-wide. Stiffness is an especially important property for component manufacture. If you require stiffness, but don’t need the strength of a metal, then designing a part to be manufactured in Nylon CF makes sense. The predictability of how a component will behave when in context, is paramount. Many manufacturers are replacing parts with 3D printed Nylon CF components as this material delivers the desired stiffness and predictable functionality.

Antero 800

This material belongs to a high-performing family of high-temperature thermoplastics. It’s a PEKK polymer and is pretty much the acme of thermoplastic print materials. It also has an exceptional chemical resistance making it ideal for parts that come into contact with corrosive fluids. Antero 800 is especially useful for the oil, gas and transport industries and is in fact, the newest material to be certified for use in rail, automotive and aerospace. It carries the same certification as Ultem 9085, which we already offer on our Fortus 900.

Want to know more about what this print system could do for you? Please get in touch!