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November 30, 2023
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Image courtesy of Stratasys
At a Glance
- Cost-per-part reduced by up to 25%
- ASA, PC, PA, and PEI among printable resins
- Toyota to use printer for prototyping, parts, and fixtures
Global automotive OEM Toyota has signed up to be the first customer to purchase the new F3300 3D printer from polymer 3D-printing solutions provider Stratasys. Toyota will utilize the F3300 for new production support, including parts and fixtures, and for prototyping applications to accelerate time to market.
Compatible with a range of plastics
The F3300 uses a portfolio of materials that address high-use applications in the additive manufacturing environment. They include widely used durable engineering thermoplastics, such as acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) and polycarbonate (PC), as well as higher-performing advanced materials like carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide (PA) 12 and Ultem polyether imide (PEI).
The F3300 is the latest fused deposition modeling (FDM) printer from Stratasys. It is capable of producing complex, high-precision parts that are crucial to vehicle design and usage from prototypes to end-use components. The printer has increased versatility with fast changeover and loading, automatic calibration, and high throughput.
Faster printing at lower cost, higher accuracy
The F3300 reportedly will lower cost-per-part by up to 25%, print at up to twice the speed of any other FDM production printer on the market, and increase accuracy by 25%. The output and possibilities now available with the F3300 align with Toyota's reputation of delivering high-quality, innovative vehicles to customers around the world.
"Having the opportunity to incorporate the F3300 3D printer into our additive operations represents a great leap forward toward achieving our corporate goals,” said Eduardo Guzman, advanced technologies manager at Toyota. “The new printer capabilities will help us accelerate the introduction of new additive manufacturing opportunities across our manufacturing operations.”
“We have a combined interest in delivering innovation and superior quality for our customers, and this partnership with Toyota demonstrates our mutual commitments to better, smarter, and more-sustainable production,” said Stratasys Chief Industrial Business Unit Officer Rich Garrity. “Built with manufacturing in mind, the F3300 will redefine additive manufacturing on the factory floor, with its speed, lower cost, and ease of service.”
About the Author(s)
Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.
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