Stratasys shared details about SAF technology in March. The industrial-grade additive manufacturing technology executes key 3D printing steps in the same direction across the print bed to provide a uniform thermal experience – and therefore part consistency – for all printed parts regardless of their placement in the build. SAF can also contribute to lower operational costs and increase their predictability. For example, the Big Wave™ powder management system reduces powder aging, while the warranty-protected industrial piezo-electric print heads have been designed to require no regular replacement.
The H350 is designed to meet the needs of customers in industries such as commercial goods, automotive, and consumer goods and electronics that benefit from the ability to quickly produce large volumes of 3D-printed parts with compelling and predictable economics. Service bureaus and contract manufacturers also benefit from the industrial-grade performance of the system. Applications include end-use parts such as covers, connectors, hinges, cable holders, electronics housing, and ducting.
Goetz Maschinenbau, a Germany-based service bureau providing on-demand parts, is beta-testing an H350 3D printer. The company provides a variety of automotive, consumer goods, and medical industry customers with end-use plastic parts, and already owns Stratasys FDM and PolyJet systems. Adding a new SAF-based 3D printer is a significant growth opportunity for the company, as it expands beyond CNC machining for end-use parts.
“We have ambitious plans to grow our business and we believe adding a Stratasys H350 will be a key component of that growth,” says Owner Philipp Goetz. “We have fulfilled orders for both large parts as well as up to several hundred smaller parts. We are impressed with the performance of the system and SAF technology, with consistent parts throughout the build volume. The system is impressively reliable.”
The H350 provides several control features designed to ensure the system is production-ready for companies ready to embrace additive manufacturing at scale. All build data is logged for process traceability and remains fully under the customer’s control. Materials can be controlled, tracked and traced, and print-settings can be fine-tuned for each customer’s needs.