European 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax prides itself on its rigorous research and development team, which works hard to continue designing new products and adding functionalities to its Z-SUITE software so the company can adapt to the constantly changing 3D printing market. The M200 has been used to 3D print all sorts of interesting projects, like fashion accessories, complex models of heart chambers, and the casing for a set of custom speakers. In the fall, Zortrax globally released its new M300 3D printer, and earlier this month updated its software so it could support external material profiles.
As the young company continues to grow, it also continues to develop more innovative products. At this week’s Zortrax Experience Conference, held in Olsztyn, Poland, the company showcased a bevy of new products. Over 100 of the Zortrax’s business partners, which sell its products in over 80 countries, attended the conference, joining other special guests and company representatives.
The first is the Zortrax Inventure 3D printer, which we have been eagerly awaiting since it was first introduced in early 2015. Zortrax is also releasing new Z-PLA Pro and Z-ASA Pro 3D printing materials and the latest Z-Suite Version 2.0 software. The Inventure, which uses Zortrax’s Layer Plastic Deposition Plus technology, will be commercially released on June 20, and will also come with the dedicated DSS (Dissolvable Support System) station, for simple, fast dissolution of support material in heated water.
Zortrax CEO Rafał Tomasiak said, “We used Zortrax Experience to present new products for all elements of our ecosystem. The star is the Zortrax Inventure 3D printer. The new version of the original Z-SUITE software offers numerous useful functions, which will improve the day-to-day operations of our clients even more. We are very glad to have been able to present everything live, right here in Olsztyn, where it all began.”
The Inventure 3D printer has a closed chamber with a HEPA filter, and an original system that allows for 3D printing of Z-ULTRAT Plus and Z-SUPPORT materials at the same time; the two separate nozzles help the materials change automatically, and the extruder reaches a maximum temperature of 380°C. It features a material diameter of 1.75 mm, built-in encoders, and a 140 x 140 x 140 mm build volume.
The easy-to-use DSS Station saves you time and effort: it has a fluid-flow station and a DSS Activator that dissolves the support material. Just leave your print in a water-based fluid for a few hours, and the supports are gone.
Once it’s released later this month, the Inventure will be accompanied by the Z-SUPPORT, Z-PETG, and Z-PLA materials; more will be available at a later date. The Z-PLA material has a matte surface and provides an increased level of detail. According to Zortrax, the biodegradable Z-PLA works for applications that use intricate detailing, like producing architectural models and industrial designing and modeling. This material will also work with the company’s M200 and M300 3D printers.
Its Z-ASA Pro material is well-suited for constructing larger models at ABS-level resistance, as it is resistant to external factors like UV rays and humidity. It offers reduced shrinkage and chemical resistance, and even holds up under severe weather conditions.
Starting on July 18, the company’s Z-Suite 2.0 software will be available in beta version; until the full version is released, Z-Suite 1.11 will still be able to support the new Inventure 3D printer and Zortrax’s new materials. A multitude of new developments will be available in Z-Suite 2.0, including:
option to work in multiple tabs
grid repairs, so the user can establish errors in a model and set the software to fix them automatically
Zortrax works with a network of over 160 resellers, so its products are available on all major global markets. Discuss in the Zortrax forum at 3DPB.com.