May 24, 2023
UltiMaker has launched its new Method XL 3D printer, a desktop unit that offers a larger build volume along with a heated build chamber and heated build plate.
The printer offers a 305 mm x 305 mm x 320 mm build volume and a dimensional accuracy of ± 0.2 mm. According to the company, the Method XL is engineered to create large, complex parts that are durable using industrial-grade materials like ABS-R and ABS Carbon Fiber. The heated chamber, which can reach up to 100°C, is designed to enable optimal results when printing with ABS, which can help eliminate problems associated with warping and deforming. New to the Method series is Method XL's heated build plate, which provided additional protection against warping and layer adhesion issues. Both the heated build plate and the temperature-controlled heated build chamber combine to create a stable environment for printing accurate and strong parts of any size, the company says.
In addition, the air filtration system in the printer has been integrated into the bottom of the unit to save space.
“UltiMaker's mission is to grow the adoption of 3D printing in manufacturing. We saw that there was a lack of production-level industrial capabilities in more accessible and easy-to-use 3D printers,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO at UltiMaker. “With Method XL, we believe we are bringing customers the best 3D printing solution in the market for engineering applications. Method XL is the only 3D printer in its price class with a heated chamber and heated build plate to print large and accurate parts with injection molding plastics like ABS. With the ability to print larger parts, customers can achieve greater output and efficiency, making Method XL an excellent choice for those looking to take their 3D printing to the next level.”
In a briefing at the recent RAPID+TCT conference, Goshen added that the combination of the heated chamber and build plate provides better adhesion for the first layer of material, as wlel as more uniformity and less warping at the base of the build.
Ultimaker says that the printer can be used to print production plastics at a lower cost than industrial-style printers. The Ultimaker RapidRinse fast-dissolving water-soluble support material can be combiend with Method XL to make printing with ABS simpler. Method XL also syncs directly with CloudPrint software for a more seamless CAD file to printed part workflow, the company says.
Method XL is compatible with a range of industrial-grade materials through its open materials platform and the LABS Experimental Extruder. Materials currently available through the LABS program include Jabil SEBS, a soft material with flexible, rubber-like properties; Polymaker PolyMax PC, a polycarbonate material; and LEHVOSS PAHT 9891, a carbon fiber-reinforced nylon able to withstand high temperatures. Method XL also offers an external moisture-controlled material case. The printer comes equipped with a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter for safer 3D printing indoors.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.