3-D Printer Line Expansion

The Dimension uPrint 3-D printer from Stratasys (Minneapolis, MN) is available in an enhanced version with a variety of new features.

The Dimension uPrint 3-D printer from Stratasys (Minneapolis, MN) is available in an enhanced version with a variety of new features.

The uPrint Plus has a small footprint for true desktop use [25 x 26 in (635 x 660 mm)]; and can print in eight colors of Stratasys ABSplus material, making it easier for designers to differentiate individual assembly components and better depict their product. The printer has a build envelope of 8 x 8 x 6 in (203 x 203 x 152 mm)—33 percent more volume than the uPrint, enabling larger models. uPrint Plus offers two resolution settings —0.010 in (0.254 mm) and 0.013 in (0.330 mm)—to give users additional print options.

The printer also features two support-material enhancements that reduce material consumption and modeling time. The first, Smart Supports, is a software enhancement that reduces material usage by 40 percent, cutting costs. The second, SR-30, is an improved soluble support material that dissolves 69 percent faster, to speed the modeling process. Smart Supports are available for both uPrint and uPrint Plus.

uPrint Plus material colors include red, blue, olive, black, dark gray, nectarine, fluorescent yellow and ivory. "When the uPrint was introduced one year ago, it quickly became the best-selling 3D printer worldwide, with 1,000 units sold in the first 9 months," says Dimension Product Manager Mary Stanley. "Based on its success and customer requests for expanded features, the uPrint Plus was created. Now designers, engineers and architects have expanded options for building models based on proven FDM technology."