Minneapolis, MN — (Nasdaq: SSYS) Stratasys today introduced a new additive fabrication system for prototyping and direct digital manufacturing applications. The FDM 360mc™ was unveiled at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (Pacific Design) Show in Anaheim.
The FDM 360mc was designed for users with demanding applications that require the same accuracy, repeatability, and material specifications of more expensive FDM systems but who don’t need as much speed or as many features.
The performance of the 360mc is the result of technology innovation and manufacturing process improvements in the extrusion head gantry, which enabled it to be straighter and stiffer. This enables the extrusion head to hold a tighter positional accuracy that can produce parts with a higher tolerance. These innovations were introduced last August on the FDM 400mc.
The FDM 360mc builds with ABS-M30, which offers substantial improvements over standard Stratasys ABS across a number of mechanical properties, including tensile strength, impact strength, and flexural strength. ABS-M30 mechanical properties for strength are up to 67 percent stronger than standard Stratasys ABS, expanding capabilities for functional testing or building production parts.
The FDM 360mc comes standard with a build envelope of 14 x 10 x 10 in (356 x 254 x 254 mm), which is upgradeable to 16 x 14 x 16 in (406 x 356 x 406 mm). Along with this upgrade comes two more material canisters bays, for a total of four bays (two build material and two support material). The larger build envelope and the additional material canisters enable users to run larger builds. When the first material canister is empty, an auto-changeover function loads the second canister and continues the build process uninterrupted. This allows users to leave the machine unattended for long periods of time.
Available slice thicknesses are 0.005 in (0.127 mm), 0.007 in (0.178 mm), 0.010 in (0.254 mm), and 0.013 in (0.330 mm) The FDM 360mc will begin shipping immediately.
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