Innovation is driving progress at Stratasys. In keeping with their continued improvements, Stratasys has released an entirely new class of FDM printer, the Stratasys F3300. This printer was officially unveiled at Formnext in Frankfurt Germany, on November 7th, 2023.
Stratasys invented FDM extruded filament printing back in 1989. Since that time, we have seen continual improvements in the technology, from heated build chambers to automatic bed leveling and self-calibration. How is Stratasys pushing the boundaries of FDM capabilities in the all new F3300? They’ve focused on throughput and ease of use.
What’s special about the Stratasys F3300?
The Stratasys F3300 is ready to redefine the 3D printing landscape in the dynamic additive manufacturing space. It’s not just bigger and faster than its predecessors, it’s equipped with new features to maximize part throughput, cost efficiency and the operator experience for manufacturing floor applications.
Game Changing Capabilities
With the increasing demand for printed parts, some manufacturers are finding speed and throughput to be a pain point. Stratasys aimed to resolve this by optimizing the F3300 to save time. It has many new features that all work together to shave down print and operator time.
This fast-printing production machine will be a game changer. The Stratasys F3300 was engineered for unprecedented throughput. Unlike legacy FDM printers, the F3300 can print twice as fast saving on one of the most valuable resources, time. Double your throughput, with this additional speed.
The F3300 has some mechanical advantages to achieve its speed. It has an increased gantry speed due to its lateral motors allowing the extruder print heads to move quickly and precisely. The use of multiple extruders extends the total active print time. The multiple extrusion tips allow for faster material changeovers by reducing the heat-up and cool down times.
These speed increases make the F3300 a powerful tool for demanding industries.
Automatic Tool Changer
The F3300 is the first FDM printer to boast an automatic tool changer. The tool changer allows the machine to switch to a different spool of material quickly and automatically during a print. If every material bay is loaded with the same material, that gives you access to longer print times for larger prints. Or, with different materials loaded you can print in multiple materials on one build tray if the materials have a similar print temperature profile.
The extra-large material bays and spools allow for longer print jobs. The F3300 has four material bays that can hold 250 cubic inch spools. The bays have integrated material dryers to keep the atmosphere inside optimal.
Cost Per Part Reduction
Due to the increased throughput, you’ll yield more parts with better material pricing. Resulting in an overall price reduction per part.
The printer has a build platform of 23.6x 23.6 x 31.5”. The large tray is accompanied by four different printing slice heights of 0.007 in, 0.010 in, 0.015 in, and 0.020 in. Allowing for more control over the build parameters of each part.
Print at double the speed without compromising part quality. This printer was designed to print faster but maintain an exceptional tolerance and build quality.
The multiple print heads serve as a redundancy, meaning that standby extruders can take over if the primary unit faults, avoiding a failed build.
New features make the F3300 even more operator friendly, with streamlined operation and minimal oversight. Many of the frequently accessed parts are positioned at the front of the printer for better accessibility, making swapping out materials and extruders less cumbersome. The material feeding is simple, just load the material and feed the filament end into the feed port.
The large touchscreen control panel is right up front too. The intuitive interface gives the machine operator the ability to see status updates without disrupting a build and displays two internal camera views in full color, making it easy to see what’s going on during a build.
How does the F3300 compare to the F900?
The F3300 has a smaller print capacity than the F900 but can print at a quicker speed. Both printers will prove to be well equipped for the manufacturing space. The F900 has gone through rigorous testing and has already been approved to produce aerospace components with an aerospace machine certification. The certification paired with the F900’s ability to print high end thermoplastics sets it apart from the all new F3300. As time progresses the F3300 will likely broaden its array of tuned materials, but for now it will run the selected assortment it’s launching with.
What industry is a good fit for the F3300?
While many industries could adopt the Stratasys F3300, the main sectors to benefit from its improved throughput are aerospace, automotive, service bureaus, and government.
The automotive industry is going to be an absolute win for the F3300. It’s large build capacity and throughput are going to be a great value add to automotive production facilities. The F3300 can quickly print jigs, fixtures, and other manufacturing aids.
Interested in the specs? Download the spec sheet here.