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UltiMaker Method XL 3D printer can be used to print production plastics at a lower cost than industrial-style printers, company says.

UltiMaker Method XL 3D printer can be used to print production plastics at a lower cost than industrial-style printers, company says.

The Method XL 3D printer is designed to offer industrial quality in a desktop printer. Image courtesy of UltiMaker.

UltiMaker introduces the Method XL 3D printer, designed to bridge the gap between desktop and industrial printing. It works with various open materials for fused filament fabrication printing, including ABS-R and ABS Carbon Fiber. 

The company says the printer offers a “perfect fusion of accessibility and performance” by offering high quality in a desktop printer. The build volume is 305x305x320 mm (12x12x12.6-in.). The build space and build plate are heated. The build volume temperature can reach up to 100°C, which the company says enables optimal results when printing with ABS, and helps eliminate problems associated with warping and deforming.

Ultimaker says that the printer can be used to print production plastics at a lower cost than industrial-style printers. The Ultimaker RapidRinse fast-dissolving water-soluble support material can be combined with Method XL to make ABS printing simpler. Method XL also syncs directly with CloudPrint software for a direct workflow from CAD file to printed part. 

The air filtration system in the printer has been integrated into the bottom of the unit to save space.

“UltiMaker's mission is to grow the adoption of 3D printing in manufacturing. We saw that there was a lack of production-level industrial capabilities in more accessible and easy-to-use 3D printers,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO at UltiMaker. “With Method XL, we believe we are bringing customers the best 3D printing solution in the market for engineering applications.”

UltiMaker says the Method XL is compatible with a range of industrial-grade materials through its open materials platform and the LABS Experimental Extruder. Materials currently available through the LABS program include Jabil TPE SEBS, a soft material with flexible, rubber-like properties; Polyaker PolyMax PC, a polycarbonate material; and LEHVOSS PAHT 9891, a carbon fiber-reinforced nylon able to withstand high temperatures. Method XL also offers an external moisture-controlled material case. 

The printer comes equipped with a HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter for safer 3D printing indoors.

The Method XL is now available from UltiMaker dealers. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website. 

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