One year after introducing what has become the world's best-selling 3D printer â€” the Dimension uPrint â€” STRATASYS has expanded the product line with the uPrint Plus â€“ an enhanced version with lots of new features â€“ while still keeping the price under $20,000 (USD).
Like the DIMENSION uPrint personal 3D printer, the UPRINT PLUS has a small footprint for true desktop use [25 x 26 in (635 x 660 mm)]. uPrint Plus can print in eight colors of Stratasys ABSplus material, making it easier for designers to differentiate individual assembly components and better depict their product. The printer has a build envelope of 8 x 8 x 6 in (203 x 203 x 152 mm) â€“ 33 percent more volume than the uPrint, enabling larger models. uPrint Plus offers two resolution settings â€“ 0.010 in (0.254 mm) and 0.013 in (0.330 mm) â€“ to give users additional print options.
uPrint Plus also features two support-material enhancements that reduce material consumption and modeling time. The first, Smart Supports, is a software enhancement that reduces material usage by 40 percent, cutting costs. The second, SR-30, is an improved soluble support material that dissolves 69 percent faster, to speed the modeling process. Smart Supports are available for both uPrint and uPrint Plus.
â€œWhen the uPrint was introduced one year ago, it quickly became the best-selling 3D printer worldwide, with 1,000 units sold in the first 9 months,â€ says Dimension Product Manager Mary Stanley. â€œBased on its success and customer requests for expanded features, the uPrint Plus was created. Now designers, engineers and architects have expanded options for building models based on proven FDM technology.â€
uPrint Plus material colors include red, blue, olive, black, dark gray, nectarine, fluorescent yellow, and ivory. The new 3D printer is available now.
Stratasys has installed more than 11,000 3D printers and 3D production systems around the world. Stratasys is the worldwide leader in additive fabrication systems and is the inventor of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology, which enables CAD users to produce real parts directly from 3D CAD files. Its Fortus(TM) 3D production systems are used for direct digital manufacturing and precision rapid prototyping, while its DimensionÂ® 3D printers are low-cost, networked alternatives for building functional 3D models from the desktop.
Offering the lowest priced personal 3D printers, the best-selling office 3D printers, and 3D production systems, and on-demand services that produce Real Parts, Stratasys offers a total solution.
According to Wohlers Report 2009, Stratasys supplied 43 percent of all additive fabrication systems installed worldwide in 2008, making it the unit market leader for the seventh consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the process known as FDMÂ®. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds more than 250 granted or pending additive fabrication patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business & industrial equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries. Online at: WWW.STRATASYS.COM