Stratasys to offer Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printers with SAF Technology

The global additive manufacturing leader, Stratasys, has today outlined their plans about their upcoming product line of powder bed fusion-based 3D printers, the H-Series Production Platform, that will be powered by Selective Absorption Fusion (SAF) technology designed to meet volume manufacturing needs.

Part of a joint venture with Xaar and representing the culmination of more than 10 years of research and development, SAF-based industrial grade 3D printers is able to deliver a competitive cost per part at production level throughput and with the part quality, consistency and reliability that ensures satisfaction and high production yield.

So How Does It Work?

With a counter-rotating roller, powder layers are coated onto a print bed and absorber fluid is printed to image the part layers. The imaged layers are then fused with an IR lamp going over the entire span of the print bed in the same direction.  Part consistency is thus ensured regardless of placement with the uniform thermal experience.

Key Features

  • Big Wave powder management system means less fresh powder is required for lower operational costs
  • Industrial Piezo-electric print heads usage for high throughput, durability, and high nesting densities
  • One-pass print-and-fuse technology means less consumables replacement for minimal downtime
  • Supports unique, high specialty functional fluids to process a broad range of powders

SAF technology represents a significant innovation that opens up new opportunities to address applications in industries such as automotive, consumer goods and electronics, and industrial equipment.

As a result, we will enable a shift of many applications from traditional manufacturing and also enable the creation of products that can only be produced additively.Omer Krieger, Stratasys’ executive VP of Product strategy and Corporate development

According to internal market analysis, there is significant growth especially for manufacturing applications which is projected to reach $25 billion by 2025. Research company, CONTEXT, meanwhile estimates that polymer powder bed technology-based printer revenues will see a compounded year on year growth of 21% annually from 2020 to 2024.

SAF technology 3D printers are scheduled for launch from the third quarter of 2021.

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