MakerBot have announced the METHOD Materials Development Program and MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder for METHOD to enable 3D printing with a wide range of engineering-grade materials from leading filament suppliers. A growing list of partners starting with Jabil, KIMYA, Polymaker and Mitsubishi Chemical are working to qualify filament for use with the MakerBot METHOD platform.

 

“The MakerBot METHOD platform brings features to engineers that were previously only available on much more expensive industrial 3D printers. These features enable METHOD 3D printers to achieve industrial reliability, precision and engineering performance by tightly controlling the entire printing environment, from the heated chamber to the sealed filament bays and performance extruder,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO of MakerBot. “We also recognise that many of our customers want a way to experiment with different materials to explore new 3D printing applications. With the MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder, we are opening more advanced settings for customisation, allowing both users and our development partners to print and qualify a wider range of engineering-grade materials on the METHOD platform.”

 

 

MakerBot is currently working with Jabil, KIMYA, Mitsubishi Chemical and Polymaker to qualify the following materials for MakerBot LABS for METHOD:

 

Jabil PETg ESD: Jabil Engineered Materials PETg ESD is an easy processing, Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) product for printing parts that meet sensitive electronics and could be damaged by electrostatic discharge.

KIMYA ABS CARBON: An ABS composite material with 30% chopped carbon fibre for improved stiffness and compression strength, as well as lower weight than regular ABS.

KIMYA ABS ESD: An ABS-based ESD material filled with carbon nanotubes that is ideal for applications that require protection against electrostatic discharge, such as manufacturing fixtures and electronics enclosures.

KIMYA PETG CARBON:PETG reinforced with carbon fibres for excellent stiffness and increased tensile strength over regular PETG.

Mitsubishi Chemical DURABIO™: DURABIO is an engineering, bio-based, BPA free resin. It combines PMMA’s transparency with a higher chemical and scratch resistance compared to polycarbonate (PC). The core applications for the material are in automotive, housing, interior and exterior décor.

Polymaker PolyMax™ PC: An engineered PC filament combining excellent strength, toughness, heat resistance and printing quality.

Polymaker PolyMax™ PC-FR: Flame retardant PC filament (UL94V-0/1.5 mm) displaying excellent toughness strength and heat resistance. It opens new applications in the automotive, railway and aerospace industries.

 

The METHOD manufacturing workstation includes industrial 3D printing features, such as the Circulating Heated Chamber, Dual Performance Extruders, Dry-Sealed Material Bays and industrial SR-30 soluble supports, which make it ideal for printing with advanced, engineering-grade materials and our partners can now leverage these capabilities to print advanced materials on the platform.

 

MakerBot has modified the Experimental Extruder hot end to make it easier to change the nozzle assembly and plans to offer additional nozzle configurations in the future. The extruder gives users advanced customisation options for new materials, including interchangeable nozzle assemblies and expanded print settings in MakerBot’s print preparation software, MakerBot Print.

 

The MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder is expected to launch in an open beta program in December 2019. The MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder is expected to go on sale in Q1 2020 and the extruders will be available for both METHOD and METHOD X.

 

MakerBot LABS for METHOD will be showcased at Formnext, one of Europe’s largest additive manufacturing conferences at the MakerBot booth F99 in Hall 12.1, November 19-22, 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

The MakerBot METHOD platform, which included the METHOD and METHOD X 3D printers, is designed to enable engineers to achieve dimensionally accurate, repeatable and consistent parts for rapid production. Powered by Stratasys®, METHOD combines industrial features and capabilities with MakerBot’s accessibility and ease of use to provide engineers with an industrial 3D printer at a disruptive price point. METHOD is able to print with a variety of materials, including ABS, ASA, PETG, Nylon and more.

 

Partner Quotes

“We work closely with OEMs to develop new materials that address key challenges for industrial customers. Shifting from prototyping to production of finished products with additive manufacturing is one of the core areas we focus on and it requires a printer than can produce high quality parts with industrial materials. We have been very impressed with the print quality of the METHOD X. The heated chamber and the SR-30 support material are ideal for printing complex end-use parts with KIMYA ABS-based materials,” said Pierre-Antoine Pluvinage, Business Development Direct, KIMYA – Additive Manufacturing by ARMOR.

 

“PolyMax™ PC-FR allows industrial customers to print end-use parts that comply with existing fire rating standards. With its heated chamber, METHOD bridges the gap between industrial materials and production-ready printed parts as it offers consistent results with engineering materials,” said Dr. Xiaofan Luo, President, Polymaker

 

“Jabil is excited about the opportunity to work with MakerBot to provide third-party materials for the METHOD Platform. The Materials Development Program should provide MakerBot customers with access to a broader range of materials and, ultimately, unlock more applications for additive manufacturing,” said Matt Torosian, Director of Product Management Additive Manufacturing, Jabil.

 

“Mitsubishi Chemical is constantly working on creating new engineering materials solutions for industrial 3D printing and very proud to cooperate with MakerBot, a leading high-end printer manufacturer,” said Dick C. Hoogerdijk, Director, Marketing and New Business Development, Mitsubishi Chemical.