Zortrax launches new materials, medical 3D printer and Powerful Trio offering at Formnext

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Polish 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax announced an important expansion of its product range at Formnext. 

With its Powerful Trio offering, Zortrax has introduced an end-to-end 3D printing package which has been validated with Henkel and BASF Forward AM, so that users know they’ll get guaranteed results right out of the box. This bundle will be joined by a display of Ultracur3D resins that have been approved for Zortrax machines. A new 3D printer has wide-ranging medical potential.  

“Zortrax and BASF Forward AM joined forces already in the early stages of the machine development, allowing a well-thought-through validation process and excellent fit of resins to the Inkspire 2 characteristics,” said Dr. Piotr A. Bazuła, Global Key Account and Business Development at BASF. “The unique composition of the printer’s high intensity UV light engine, easy, automated, and user-friendly Cleaning and Curing Stations are a perfect match with the Ultracur3D resins.” 

The Zortrax booth at Formnext 2022. Photo via Zortrax.
Formnext 2022: The Zortrax booth. Photo by Zortrax.

Zortrax’s FFF and resin printing portfolio 

Zortrax first made a name in Fused Filament Fabrication with the M200 Plus and M300 Plus. Since then, the firm has expanded on this offering by launching the Endureal (Inventure and Endureal), machines that have wider material compatibility as well as dual extrusion functionality, high temperature deposition capabilities and dual extrusion capability. 

Zortrax entered the resin 3D printer market with the Inkspire launch in 2018. Designed to address low-to-medium scale production needs, the machine features a high-resolution LED, which is capable of printing third-party resins, provided they’re curable at a wavelength of 405nm. That said, the Inkspire’s open-material nature hasn’t stopped the firm developing its own materials. 

The company’s space-grade ZPEEK 3D printer material was launched last year. A new Z-PEI 1010 PEI filament was also introduced. These filaments, when combined with the Endureal, are said to produce high-strength and chemical-resistant parts. Zortrax recently introduced the Inkspire 2 as part of its expansion plan. This machine has a seven-fold more powerful light engine and unlocks greater material compatibility.

The Zortrax Powerful Trio offering. Photo via Zortrax.
Zortrax Powerful Trio offer. Photo via Zortrax.

An extensive Formnext refresh

Across its comprehensive launch offering at Formnext, Zortrax’s headline announcement has been the introduction of its Powerful Trio. This product bundle contains a Zortrax Inkspire 2 Cleaning Station and Curing Station as well as a range engineering resins created by Henkel and BASF Forward AM. The idea behind the package is that models it has been used to produce have been checked and approved by both partners, so adopters know exactly what they’re getting into. 

Zortrax now has a range Ultracur3D resins approved for use in its Zortrax Inkspire 2 printer. This is in addition to the previous relationship Zortrax had with BASF. Other material news: The company will be showcasing new materials, including the Endureal resin and LPD Plus resin, at its booth. Victrex AM200 FIL is a PAEK with high heat, abrasion and corrosion resistance, for demanding applications. 

Zortrax has exhibited the first successful demonstrators using an electrically activated motion printed on the M300 Dual 3D printing machine under a European Space Agency contract. As part of the initiative, the firm has been able to deploy a multi-material printing feature it’s developing for its Z-SUITE software, to achieve 4D printing. 

Zortrax introduced a tool that converts.gcode to.zcodex2 and.zcodex2 files. This will allow Endureal users to adapt files more easily. Zortrax also announced a new 3D printer, and complementary software for medical customers. However, attendees will need to visit hall 11.1, stand B28 to learn more. 
Follow this link for all the Formnext 2022 news.

Zortrax-validated BASF Forward AM and Henkel Loctite resins. Photo via Zortrax.
Zortrax-validated BASF Forward AM resins and Henkel LOCTITE resins. Photo via Zortrax.

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The Zortrax booth in Formnext 2022 is the featured image. Photo by Zortrax.

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