MakerBot Introduces New Solution to Simplify ABS 3D Printing Workflow with METHOD X Platform
The new MakerBot RapidRinse ™ fast dissolving carrier and ABS-R materials are designed to make industrial applications of 3D printing with ABS as easy as printing with PLA
BROOKLYN, NY, Oct. 19, 2021 – (BUSINESS WIRE) – MakerBot, a Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) company, today announced a new breakthrough solution that greatly simplifies 3D printing with ABS polymer material by adding Effectively streamlines workflows and reduces the need for more equipment and additional costs. The new MakerBot RapidRinse ™ and ABS-R materials are designed for high performance on the MakerBot METHOD X® and METHOD X carbon fiber 3D printers and are suitable for printing a range of industrial applications to specification, from manufacturing tools to production parts.
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RapidRinse is a new and unique, patent-pending, fast-dissolving carrier material that eliminates cumbersome and costly post-processing procedures. RapidRinse dissolves easily in warm tap water and does not require the harsh chemicals typical of some soluble substrates. RapidRinse can dissolve significantly faster than other substrates that dissolve at high temperatures under the same conditions.1 Without the need for solvents, engineers no longer need to purchase additional post-processing equipment. The water-soluble properties of RapidRinse are intended to make processing an easier and safer carrier material that leaves minimal residue.
ABS is one of the most sought after, but difficult materials to successfully print on a desktop 3D printer because it will shrink, warp, curl, or crack without the right conditions. ABS-R is a new ABS formulation that provides superior printing reliability and performance for consistent, repeatable ABS prototypes, tools and parts. ABS-R is optimized to work with the new RapidRinse fast dissolving liner to provide the best print quality and user experience.
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METHOD X’s heated chamber, a patented VECT ™ (Variable Environmental Controlled Temperature) 110 technology, combined with proprietary RapidRinse soluble carriers, are designed to deliver unparalleled ABS parts as easily as PLA, but with superior material properties. RapidRinse printing on METHOD X can produce dimensionally accurate ABS parts of ± 0.2mm (± 0.007 in) 2, giving engineers greater confidence in producing parts that meet specifications.
“Our goal with METHOD has always been to make industrial 3D printing on a desktop 3D printer easy, reliable and accurate. With RapidRinse and ABS-R, we continue to deliver on this promise, ”said Nadav Goshen, CEO of MakerBot. “METHOD is the only desktop 3D printer in its price range with a heated chamber that can print a range of advanced polymers, composites and metals – all on one machine. Additionally, RapidRinse is another step we are taking with Stratasys in our ongoing efforts to support sustainable manufacturing practices and industrial safety standards. “
The addition of RapidRinse and ABS-R strengthens METHOD X’s growing portfolio of advanced materials in technical quality. MakerBot materials for METHOD are formulated to meet the highest standards. METHOD X’s unique environmental control capabilities allow it to print the same polymers, composites and metals used in popular manufacturing processes, from injection molding to machining. Its modular 6-in-1 extruder platform also enables quick switching between material groups, which prevents cross-contamination and faster extruder dismantling.
METHOD 3D printers have been developed and tested for over half a decade to print non-stop using over 15 Stratasys patented technologies.
RapidRinse and ABS-R are expected to ship in December 2021. Please visit http://www.makerbot.com/methodx for more information.
MakerBot, a Stratasys company, is a global leader in the 3D printing industry. The company helps create the innovators of today and the businesses and educational institutions of the future. Founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2009, MakerBot is committed to redefining the standards of 3D printing for reliability, accessibility, precision and ease of use. Through this commitment, MakerBot has one of the largest installation bases in the industry and also operates Thingiverse, the largest 3D printing community in the world.
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The statements in this press release that relate to Stratasys and / or MakerBot’s beliefs regarding the benefits consumers will experience from the use of MakerBot RapidRinse ™ and ABS-R materials and the timing of their expected delivery are forward-looking statements, that reflect the current expectations and beliefs of management. These forward-looking statements are based on current information, which by their nature is subject to rapid and even abrupt changes. Due to the risks and uncertainties associated with Stratasys’ business, actual results could differ materially from those projected or implied in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the degree of our success in introducing new or improved products and solutions that are gaining market share; the degree of growth of the 3D printing market in general; the duration of the global COVID-19 pandemic which, if widespread, could continue to materially affect our business, financial condition and cash flows, as well as those of our customers and suppliers; the impact of potential price or margin shifts in the products or services we sell, including a shift toward products or services with lower margins; the effects of competition and new technology; potential further burdens on earnings that we may have to incur due to the impairment of additional goodwill or other intangible assets; to the extent of our success in successfully completing acquisitions or investing in new business, technology, products or services; possible changes in our management and board of directors; global market, political and economic conditions, and particularly in the countries in which we operate (including risks related to the impact of the coronavirus on our business, supply chain, liquidity, cash flow and customer orders; costs and potential liability related to litigation and regulatory Litigation; risks related to our infringing our intellectual property rights or our infringing the intellectual property rights of others; the extent of our success in maintaining our liquidity and funding our business and capital needs; the impact of tax regulations on our results of business and the financial condition and other risk factors set out under the heading “Risk Factors” in Stratasys’ latest annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2021 (p EC) has been asked to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made in our 2020 Annual Report and in the Foreign Private Issuer’s Report on Form 6-K, which includes Stratasys’ unaudited, condensed consolidated financial statements and its report on its Includes operating results and financial position for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021 that we filed with the SEC on May 5, 2021, and August 5, 2021, as well as our other reports filed with or submitted to the SEC that interested To inform parties of the risks and factors that could affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects. All guidance and other forward-looking statements contained in this press release apply as of the date of this press release, and Stratasys and MakerBot undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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1 Based on internal tests showing that RapidRinse filament dissolves significantly faster than competing soluble carrier materials.
2 0.2 mm or ± 0.002 mm per mm of stroke (whichever is greater). Based on preliminary internal tests of selected geometries.
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