The new Stratasys F123 3D Printer Series is designed for SOLIDWORKS prototyping

Article by Rod Mackay created/updated February 7, 2017

Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, have just unveiled a new professional, versatile and fast Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) based F123 Series (F170, F270 and F370) at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles CA. The new machines are designed to make professional SOLIDWORKS prototyping more accessible for workgroups.

The Stratasys F123 Series empowers virtually any SOLIDWORKS user, regardless of 3D printing experience, to build durable and accurate prototypes using a range of functional FDM 3D printing materials. A single Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printer addresses the complete prototyping workflow, from initial concept verification to design validation and final functional performance, to ensure product designs are thoroughly evaluated and endorsed before manufacturing – resulting in better products and shorter lead times.

Stratasys F123 Series

Stratasys F123 Series

SOLIDWORKS Prototyping

Take a look at the following video to see how the Stratasys F370 is used by SOLIDWORKS customer, Center for Advanced Design (CAD), a product development firm in Minnesota, USA:

CAD are a team of design engineers who specialize in creating complex surface geometry for the plastics industry. The agile team of six handles everything from industrial design concepts and digital sketching to assisting clients with implementation by building production tooling. Their ability to advance projects quickly keeps their specialized team very busy.

“It’s pretty powerful having this much capability in a single system that sits right in our work space. We’ve tried lower-end 3D printers in the past, and to be honest, they’re dimensionally inaccurate. The Stratasys F370 matches the CAD input every time with accurate, high quality prototypes,” said Jesse Hahne, Partner, Center for Advanced Design. “The key for us to fast-track product development is getting physical samples in front of our customers as soon as possible. With our new Stratasys F370, we’re able to get brand new iterations in a matter of hours. This rapid prototyping solution has truly become a member of our team.”

Stratasys F123 Models

Stratasys F123 Models

Rapid Prototyping in Office and Classroom Environments

Design workgroups play a dominant role in product design and development in consumer products, aerospace, automotive and other key industries. According to recent Stratasys surveys, accessibility, ease of use and material choice are among the top priorities in the wider adoption of 3D printing for rapid prototyping in workgroups. The F123 Series addresses these and other rapid prototyping requirements to potentially accelerate the adoption of 3D printing for product design and development.

Stratasys F123 in the office

Stratasys F123 in the office

The exterior design of the Stratasys F123 Series was created together with leading industrial design firm Designworks, a BMW Group Company. Most operations are easily performed using a touch screen user interface. Stratasys F123 Series can be operated remotely from any networked computer in a shared workgroup setting and build progress can be monitored from portable devices. Installing and replacing material is equally fast and easy.

A long-time member of the SOLIDWORKS Partner Program, Stratasys also announced a GrabCAD Print Add-In for SOLIDWORKS prototyping. It enables the user to estimate and 3D print parts for a range of Stratasys systems, including the F123 Series without leaving the SOLIDWORKS environment, giving 3D printer access to the entire community of SOLIDWORKS design and engineering professionals.

Stratasys F123 Materials

The Stratasys F123 Series is available in three models with build sizes ranging from 10 to 14 inch (25.4 cm to 35.56 cm).

The Stratasys F123 Series accepts up to four material types in 10 colours to support a wide range of prototyping and tooling applications. For example, the F123’s new Fast Draft Mode leverages PLA material to quickly produce conceptual prototypes at a low cost per part. Production-grade ASA and ABS are ideal for producing strong, stable, repeatable parts and for even stronger, impact-resistant parts there is engineering-grade PC-ABS.

SOLIDWORKS Prototyping

Head design iterations printed with PLA material

Enhanced user experience dominates the Stratasys F123 Series design, with no special 3D printing expertise required to achieve professional results. Fueled by Stratasys Insight software, almost any CAD file can be utilized while Stratasys’ GrabCAD Print eliminates time wasted on file conversion and STL preparation.

Experience the F123 Series

Fill out the form below to join us for a live webinar on February 13th to learn about the new Stratasys F170, F270 and F370 3D Printers. We will provide you with:

  • F123 Series technical specifications
  • An in-depth look at the F123 Series features and performance
  • Industries and application highlights
  • F123 Series case studies
  • A demo of the intuitive GrabCAD Print software add-in for SOLIDWORKS
  • Information about the PLA model material available with the F123 Series
  • And more!

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.

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