Global automaker Toyota has become the first customer to commit to purchasing the new F3300 3D printer from polymer 3D printing solutions provider Stratasys. Toyota will use the F3300 to support new production, including parts and fixtures, as well as prototyping applications to reduce time to market.
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Compatible with a range of plastics
The F3300 uses a portfolio of materials aimed at demanding applications in the additive manufacturing environment. These include widely used long-lasting engineering thermoplastics such as acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) and polycarbonate (PC), as well as higher performance advanced materials such as carbon fiber reinforced polyamide (PA) 12 and Ultem polyetherimide (PEI).
The F3300 is the latest FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) printer from Stratasys. It is capable of producing complex, high-precision parts that are critical to vehicle design and use from prototypes to final components. The printer offers increased versatility with fast changing and loading, automatic calibration and high throughput.
Faster printing at lower cost, higher accuracy
The F3300 will reportedly reduce cost per part by up to 25%, print at up to twice the speed of any other FDM production printer on the market, and increase accuracy by 25%. The performance and capabilities now offered by the F3300 are consistent with Toyota’s reputation for delivering high-quality, innovative vehicles to customers around the world.
“Having the opportunity to integrate the F3300 3D printer into our additive operations represents a major step forward in achieving our company goals,” said Eduardo Guzman, manager of advanced technologies at Toyota. “The new printer capabilities will help us accelerate the introduction of new additive manufacturing capabilities into our manufacturing operations.”
“We have a shared interest in delivering innovation and the highest quality to our customers, and this partnership with Toyota demonstrates our mutual commitment to better, smarter and more sustainable production,” said Rich Garrity, Chief Industrial Business Unit Officer of Stratasys. “Designed specifically for manufacturing, the F3300 will redefine additive manufacturing on the factory floor thanks to its speed, lower cost and ease of maintenance.”