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Range of 3D printers extended

18 April 2008

Dimension has added a fifth model to its range of 3D printers. The new model, named the Dimension Elite, has been developed to produce stronger parts with finer feature detail. Until now, if you wanted a 3D Printer to produce small components, such as electrical connectors or mobile phones, you had to compromise. You could have a weak part with good detail or a stronger part without the required detail.

The Dimension Elite has addressed this problem using a smaller slice interval to produce fine detail and a new material to increase the strength of small features. Dimensions’ success has been built on the functionality of the parts but the Elite, through the combination of new material and reduced slice interval, greatly increases the strength of small features, such as snap fit lugs and locating pins, dramatically increasing the scope for functional testing.

All the physical properties of the new ABS Plus material show a significant increase in strength, with the Elite material now being around 40% stronger. With a build envelope of 200 x 200 x 300mm, the Elite can also build larger parts with outstanding mechanical properties. Like all Dimensions, the Elite is clean, easy to use, and will run in a normal office environment.

The Elite also uses the much-acclaimed “Soluble Support Technology”, so a minimal amount of operator time is needed to go from CAD data to functional ABS plastic component.

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