Formlabs Delivers the Fuse 1+ 30W SLS 3D Printer
Formlabs also announces Nylon 11 CF Powder, a carbon-fiber reinforced material that expands applications for manufacturers.
July 14, 2022
Formlabs offers the Fuse 1+ 30W, an industrial selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Built off the Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, the Fuse 1+ 30W integrates upgraded components—including a powerful laser—to enable new high-performance materials and deliver throughput so customers can produce parts faster, the company reports. With an upgraded galvanometer system, the Fuse 1+ 30W has print speeds enabled by a laser and scanning speed of up to 12.5 meters per second.
In addition to the Fuse 1+ 30W, the company released Nylon 11 CF Powder, the latest addition to the Formlabs SLS materials library designed for the Fuse 1+ 30W for end-use applications. This nylon-based, carbon fiber reinforced powder will enable users to produce lightweight parts in-house.
“Since launching the Fuse 1 in January 2021, Formlabs has single handedly expanded the SLS market, accounting for more than 50 percent of SLS printer sales in that time,” says Max Lobovsky, CEO and co-founder of Formlabs. “With the Fuse 1+ 30W, we’re pushing SLS 3D printing to new heights—delivering truly rapid, high-throughput SLS printing at a price point that companies can afford.”
Serving a variety of industries from engineering and manufacturing to dental and healthcare, Formlabs bills itself as offering a professional 3D printer for engineers, designers, and healthcare professionals around the globe. Designed for reliability and an efficient end-to-end workflow, the printer integrates new components to improve throughput and material performance while operating as a compact, contained ecosystem.
Formlabs’ newest material, Nylon 11 CF Powder, can produce lightweight rigid parts that can withstand repeated impact. It is made for replacement and spare alternatives to metal parts, high-impact equipment and functional composite prototypes. With Nylon 11 CF Powder, Formlabs customers will get the best of nylon and carbon fiber with a stable, high-performance material that is designed for end-use applications that require high stiffness and strength.
Fuse 1+ 30W features include:
- high throughput and fast turnaround with 30W laser printing at scan speeds up to 12.5 meters per second, with parts delivered in-house under 24 hours;
- new, industrial-grade materials enabled by active powder handling system;
- printed material properties competitive with industry leaders thanks to a nitrogen supply option; and
- low-waste printing due to high packing density and powder recyclability, enabling low cost per part and a fast ROI.
Nylon 11 CF Powder features include:
- carbon fiber-filled;
- high stiffness and dimensional stability;
- high degree of vibration / impact resistance with a high strength-to-weight ratio; and
- thermally stable.
Fuse 1+ 30W are available to order now starting at $27,499 USD, and will begin shipping in late August.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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