Strengthen announced the introduction of two new 3D printing systems and a new software platform to enable more end-use applications.
The company introduced the Flux One printer last year and has now expanded its portfolio to include Flux Core and Flux 3D. The funds from the last equity capital round are intended to facilitate the scaling of its manufacturing processes.
Every Fortify 3D printing system is equipped with patented Continuous Kinetic Mixing technology, which mixes resin and additives to achieve consistent material properties. It is able to process heavily filled photopolymers while maintaining homogeneity. The Flux One system is suitable for printing rugged molds, fixtures, and fixtures thanks to its Fluxprint Z-axis magnetic field in the Z-axis, allowing the system to overcome the challenges of Z-axis anisotropy in 3D printing. Meanwhile, the new Flux 3D system relies on a different configuration of Fortify’s Fluxprint magnet alignment technology called Fluxprint 3D. Fluxprint 3D is a 3-axis magnetic field designed to give users “unprecedented control” to align fibers in each axis with parts as they are printed. Applications for the Flux 3D include heat sinks, heat exchangers, and high performance industrial connectors. Flux Core is referred to as the company’s base 3D printer and is considered ideal for processing viscous particle-filled resins that do not require magnetic alignment. Applications include RF devices and electronic applications.
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“The novel technologies built into the Flux One printer can be used for a variety of use cases,” commented Josh Martin, CEO of Fortify. “While there is room for growth in the tooling and fixture market, an area where Fortify is currently adding value with our reinforced materials, there is an order of magnitude greater potential for end-use parts. By providing versions of our FLUX printers that are tailored to specific use cases, we give users the opportunity to pursue these markets. “
This hardware suite is complemented by the new Flux Developer software, with which users can access all processing parameters and exceed the limits of the material properties. Foritfy’s 3D printing technology users can now control variables such as exposure time and intensity, material flow, resin temperature, resin viscosity and the mechanics of the build plate. According to Fortify, this allows users to develop, optimize and integrate new materials. Currently, the company has provided half a dozen materials designed for mechanical and electrical performance. However, the offering has been expanded to include Flux Developer software to make it easier for users to accelerate their application development.
“With the growing excitement for our ability to process filled photopolymers, we are seeing demand from customers looking to explore materials beyond what is currently available,” added Ben Arnold, vice president of business development, Fortify. “Flux Developer is the toolkit you need to test and optimize new materials for your target applications.”
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