By DE Editors
Stratasys(Minneapolis, MN) is offering three more modeling material options andhigher resolution in new version of its FDM Vantage rapid prototypingsystem. The Vantage X has a starting price of $99,000. Concurrent withthis introduction, the base model FDM Vantage i price will be lowered,so systems prices will now range from $85,000 to $195,000.
Besides standard polycarbonate (PC) and ABS plastic, the Vantage Xoffers a PC-ABS blend, PC-ISO, and ABSi options. ABSi offersimprovements over standard ABS, including finer feature detail andsurface finish smoothness. PC-ABS combines the strength of PC with theflexibility of ABS. And PC-ISO is a medical-grade plastic that meetsISO 10993 and USP Class VI material requirements.
The Vantage X is available in “A” or “P” configurations. The Aconfiguration allows the use of ABS, ABSi, and PC-ABS. The Pconfiguration allows the use of PC, PC-ISO, and PC-ABS. Materialconfiguration options let users customize the machine to their specificapplication needs.
Besides the new material options, the Vantage X is said to offer “a significantresolution upgrade for ABS, ABSi, and PC-ABS.” The high-resolutionsetting of 0.005 inch or “5 mil” (0.127 mm) gives users the option ofexcellent feature detail and surface finish smoothness in athermoplastic part.
The Vantage X is scheduled to start shipping in mid February. For further details, visit stratasys.com.
Sources: Press materials received from the company. Meeting with company.