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New Stratasys FDM Vantage X Rapid Prototyping System - New Stratasys FDM Vantage X Rapid Prototyping System
Wed, February 08 2006 | 11:49AM | PermaLink Feedback?

Rapid prototyping 'printers' are still horribly expensive and monolithic in size, but you can't help but think in a few years their cost and size will diminish to the point where 3D printing enters into the consumer realm.

"Stratasys says a new version of its popular FDM Vantage rapid prototyping systems, called the Vantage X, offers three more modeling material options and higher resolution than the previous base model, with a starting price of $99,000. Besides the standard polycarbonate (PC) and ABS plastic, the Vantage X offers a PC-ABS blend, PC-ISO, and ABSi options. ABSi offers improvements over standard ABS, including finer feature detail and surface finish smoothness. PC-ABS combines the strength of PC with the flexibility of ABS. And PC-ISO is a medical-grade plastic that meets ISO 10993 and USP Class VI material requirements.

The Vantage X can be ordered in either "A" or "P" configurations. The A configuration allows the use of ABS, ABSi, and PC-ABS. The P configuration allows the use of PC, PC-ISO, and PC-ABS. Material configuration options let users customize the machine to their specific application needs. Besides the new material options, the Vantage X offers a significant resolution upgrade for ABS, ABSi, and PC-ABS. The high resolution setting of 0.005 inch or "5 mil" (0.127 mm) gives users the option of excellent feature detail and surface finish smoothness in a thermoplastic part."

The full press release is posted here.

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