3D Printing Industry | 7/13/2018 | Umair Iftikhar
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Stratasys has commenced shipping of its latest FDM 3D printer designed to address the growing demand of carbon-fiber composite applications.

The Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition (CFE) industrial 3D printer, priced at $70,000, is the cost-effective option from Stratasys’ high-end production 3D printer range which is priced from $200,000.

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“Our customers are pushing us for easier access to carbon fiber,” explained Pat Carey, Senior Vice President of Sales at Stratasys.

“They want an affordable solution but in a reliable, industrial-quality system. So we’re now offering a more accessible system that’s based on our Fortus 380mc platform. Because the 380mc CFE is dedicated only to carbon-fiber-filled Nylon 12 and one other material, we’re able to currently offer it at the lowest price for any of our industrial printers.”

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The Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition 3D printer. Photo via Stratasys.

According to Stratasys, composite material has seen a year-over-year market growth of 8 to 12% due to its lightweighting capabilities, which decreases energy consumption. Last year, reducing the need for high-strength metal parts, Stratasys released its advanced carbon fiber composite material, Nylon 12CF.

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Designed for functional prototypes and end-use components in automotive and aerospace industries, Nylon 12CF displays high fatigue resistance and stiffness. Furthermore, this material is 35% chopped carbon fiber by weight and one of two materials compatible with the new Fortus 380mc CFE 3D printer (with the other material being ASA).

The Nylon 12CF applications also include short production runs in a high-strength material and producing lightweight assembly tools.

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Team Penske used carbon-fiber-filled Nylon 12 to produce side view mirrors housing for each of their Cup Series drivers. Photo via Stratasys.

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