MINNEAPOLIS-Maker of direct digital manufacturing and precision rapid prototyping systems Fortus 3D Production Systems, a brand of Stratasys, has announced the availability of SR-30, a soluble support material for use with ABS-M30 and ABS-M30i thermoplastics. The material provides faster dissolve-times for the FDM additive fabrication process.

Compared with its predecessor (SR-20) the new SR-30 support material delivers a 69% reduction in dissolve time in an agitation tank, and a 46% dissolve time reduction in an ultrasonic tank, on average. SR-30 is initially compatible with two of the company’s additive fabrication machines-the Fortus 360mc and Fortus 400mc (formerly FDM 360mc and FDM 400mc).

“Fortus has a goal to improve throughput in all stages of the additive fabrication process, from loading the STL file to post processing,” says Fortus product manager Patrick Robb. “This new SR-30 formulation offers a real improvement in post-processing time. And the material saves more than just time. The time-savings translate to lower production costs as well. Using FDM with the new SR-30, engineers can create prototypes, manufacturing tools and production parts faster than before.”

Direct digital manufacturing (DDM) is the process of producing parts directly from computer-aided design (CAD) data using additive fabrication.

For more information, call (952) 937-3000, e-mail info@stratasys.com or visit www.stratasys.com.