Stratasys has released the details of its latest Objet and it is huge. Weighing in at a whopping 2.4 tons and measuring 9.4 x 6.9 x 6.4 feet, the new Objet 1000 Plus retains the print quality and material variety for which the Objet line is known.
Offering a build area of 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39.3 x 31.4 x 19.6 in.) and up to 40 percent higher print speeds than its predecessor, the Objet1000 Plus is targeted for manufacturing and prototyping applications in the aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer product industries.
Compatible with over 100 Stratasys materials, the new giant can produce flexible or tough parts with smooth finishes while taking advantage of Endur Digital Materials which combine two resins in a single material for a wider range of properties.
"The range of materials is quite extensive," says Ron Ellenbogen, Stratasys Product Marketing Director. "From rubber-like materials to 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."
The new printer's workflow is identical to smaller PolyJet 3D printing systems, so the increase in possible part size doesn't come at a quality cost, even though the Objet1000's new optimized print block movement affords a speed gain.
"Today's designers and engineers at manufacturing companies and service bureaus need an additive manufacturing system that can take on all challenges – large and small. We believe that's the big advantage of the Objet1000 Plus Production System. It is the first of its kind to combine large print sizes, multiple materials, accelerated print speeds, super fine resolution and a simplified workflow. If you need to create industrial 1:1 scale prototypes, large ergonomic production tools or low volumes of small parts – all with the superior surface finish and fine details engineers expect from Stratasys 3D printing – the Objet1000 Plus is the best choice," says Ellenbogen.