F370: The Best of the F123 Series

20th September 2021

The Stratasys F123 Series comprises three powerful FDM printers: the F170, F270, and F370.

Any of these offer a versatile additive manufacturing solution for a range of industries. So, how to decide, and what makes the F370 top of the range?

Key Differences

Each of the F123 Series printers accommodates a build size respective to its price point.

Maximum build sizes:

  • F170 – 254 x 254 x 254 mm
  • F270 – 305 x 254 x 305 mm
  • F370 – 355 x 254 x 355 mm

Despite the differences in build trays, each of the machines has the same footprint at 1,626 x 864 x 711 mm.

The F170 and F270 both have access to the same selection of materials:

PLA – Polylactic Acid material made from renewable resources. Available in a variety of colours, PLA is perfect for economical prototyping and fast design verification. PLA’s low melting point makes it require less power and heat to use.

ASA – A general purpose thermoplastic for a variety of 3D printing applications. Strong, aesthetically pleasing, and UV resistant, it’s a valuable resource for objects that will see outdoors usage and a moderate degree of mechanical stress.

ABS-M30 – Building upon versatile ABS material, this iteration is strong and tough yet lightweight. Another general use material that is right at home with functional prototypes as well as production parts and tooling such as jigs and fixtures.

ABS-CF10 – Takes the capabilities of ABS plastic and add carbon fibre filaments. Carbon-reinforced thermoplastics present lightweight yet strong and rigid solutions for tools and engineering applications, in many cases presenting a cheaper alternative to machine tooling.

TPU 92A – Resilient, tear-resistant polyurethane ideal for living hinges, flexible ducts and hoses, and more. Typical moulding and casting used to make elastomer parts can be replaced with a method that demands far less time and cost.

The F370 also has all of these materials, with another two added to its roster:

PC-ABS – Polycarbonate-ABS is a widely used industrial thermoplastic. It’s valued for having the properties of ABS enhanced with the superior strength and heat resistance of PC. Commonly used in automotive and electronics applications.

Diran 410MF07 – A nylon-based thermoplastic with exceptional qualities for manufacturing tools. It holds exceptional toughness and low surface friction, making it excellent for non-marring surfaces on jigs and fixtures, tools, and more. It also possess resistance to hydrocarbon-based chemicals – ideal for a wealth of factory floors.

Go Further with Insight

Every printer of the F123 Series comes with GrabCAD Print software which offers multiple printer support from a computer or phone, real-time data and job alerts, remote scheduling, and more.

But on top of this, the F370 also comes with Stratasys Insight software. Insight grants greater control of the printing process for operators who want to optimise their jobs to the last detail.

With Insight, it’s possible to change build orientation for optimal strength and surface finish, program pauses into builds to allow specialised work such as embedding electronics into parts, and specify material thickness for certain sections of a part to tailor strength and stability.

For additive manufacturers that want greater control of parameters and of the work they do, Insight is the perfect complement to an already-versatile and powerful printing solution.

Contact SYS Systems today. We’re a nine-times Stratasys Platinum Partner, certified for our expert sales, advice, and support.

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