Stratasys introduced Xtend 500 Fortus Plus, a high-volume filament package for its Fortus 3D Production Systems. Designed for reliable and unattended high-volume use, each Xtend 500 box contains 8194 cubic centimetres (500 cubic inches) of FDM thermoplastic material.
It delivers more than five times the output of standard canisters. When two material boxes are loaded into a Fortus 3D Production System, users can expect up to 400 hours of unattended run time.
Xtend 500 gives users the freedom of fewer material changeovers, resulting in streamlined 3D production. This feature can also contribute to reduced operation costs. ‘For our customers, and 3D printing in general, developing a larger volume package is a huge step in navigating away from day-to-day 3D printer planning and operations,’ said Brendan Dillon, product manager for Stratasys. ‘More time can now be spent on designing parts rather than wondering if the 3D printer is going to run out of material over the weekend.’
By implementing Xtend 500, manufacturers with prototyping needs and service bureaus producing large parts will benefit from reduced material changeovers, as well as logistical savings in shipping and storage. Xtend 500 is available in ABS-M30 (ivory and black) and PC and their respective support materials for the Fortus 450mc 3D Production System.
Owners of Fortus 360mc, 400mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems can also take advantage of Xtend 500 with a Fortus Plus system upgrade. Most system owners will benefit from streamlined logistics when they share material stock across systems.