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