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Stratasys to disrupt traditional stereolithography 3D printing

01 April 2019

The new V650 Flex stereolithography 3D printer from Stratasys is the company’s entry into the stereolithography segment.

This unique offering combines the power of a large-scale system with a configurable environment for fine-tuning across a broad range of resins – giving customers greater accuracy, choice, and lower costs in 3D printed prototype and part development. 

Backed by a partnership with DSM, a global, purpose-led, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, customers have the freedom to capitalise on the quality and high-performance of Somos stereolithography resins with the V650 Flex 3D printer. Available from Stratasys and backed by years of extensive utilisation at its service bureau, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, DSM Somos-verified resins enable customers to produce with confidence – high-quality, durable parts that meet requirements of a wide range of applications. 

“While stereolithography is one of the original 3D printing processes – mainly used to create master patterns or large concept models quickly and accurately – customers have been challenged by restricted systems that can’t be configured and materials at a high cost-per-part,” said Omer Krieger, EVP Products, Stratasys. “The V650 Flex is the result of customer demand around the world wanting a better solution – fully configurable to match the specific application and use-case. The solution is truly one of the first large-scale systems for creating reliable, high-quality parts across design concepts, validation, investment casting, tooling, and injection moulding.”

With a build volume of 20” (50.8cm) W x 20” (50.8cm) D x 23” (58.4cm) H and interchangeable vats, the V650 Flex printer has reliability built-in, with runtime of over 75,000 hours and more than 150,000 parts produced inside Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. The V650 Flex puts the power of verified resins and a configurable system to work – helping customers produce extremely durable, highly complex and accurate parts.

“From the high-performance demands of automotive and aerospace industries to the durability and flexibility requirements of consumer goods, customers worldwide rely on Somos materials to create the highest-performing additive manufacturing prototypes and tools,” said Hugo da Silva, VP of Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “Stratasys’ entrance into the stereolithography segment is really a game-changer for the industry. Our collaboration allows customers to have greater access and flexibility for development of durable and reliable prototypes and tooling using stereolithography 3D printing.” 

The open vat configuration of the V650 Flex stereolithography printer comes with recipes for DSM Somos resins commercially available directly from Stratasys – including:

Somos Element: The antimony-free stereolithography resin, specifically designed for producing strong, stable investment casting patterns with fine-feature detail and very low residual burnout ash. 

Somos NeXt: The resin that provides the accuracy of stereolithography with the look, feel and performance of a thermoplastic.

Somos PerFORM: The material-of-choice for applications that require strong, stiff, high-temperature resistant parts, such as tooling and wind tunnel testing.

Somos Watershed XC 11122: A clear solution for designers looking for ABS and PBT-like properties for stereolithography – producing highly detailed, dimensionally stable, optically-clear parts with water resistance. 

“The Stratasys on-demand network of service personnel and resellers is designed to enable customers to achieve much more through stereolithography than they have in the past. The fact that the V650 Flex printer is configurable and the resins already verified allows end-users to reach design precision previously unavailable in yesterday’s stereolithography solutions,” concluded Krieger.

Learn more about the power of Stratasys at https://www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/V650.


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