3D printers enable quick prototyping in multiple industries

May 16, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
RS Components is extending its portfolio of 3D printers with two products from Zortrax Addressing a wide range of users, the printers can provide automotive design and development engineers with the ability to produce cost-effective rapid prototyping, enabling a quicker time to market. Users can quickly produce concept mock-ups, prototype designs for functional testing or even low-volume production.

Employing single-extruder LPD (layer plastic deposition) printing technology, the Zortrax M200 and M300 3D printers are said to be reliable, efficient and offer high dimensional accuracy and repeatable precision. This enables the high-quality printing of detailed elements that duplicate models without loss of the original appearance, as well as completing extensive print jobs with almost no maintenance. 


The M200 pack is fully integrated plug-and-play system that allows users to get up-and-running immediately and includes the 3D printer, starter kit, dedicated intuitive software bundle Z-SUITE, and compatible material. Specifications of the M200 include: workspace dimensions of 200 x 200 x 180mm; 90 to 400-micron resolution, wall thickness capability of 400 microns (minimum) to 800 microns (optimum); and single printable point resolution of 400 microns. Other key specifications include material diameter of 1.75mm and a nozzle diameter of 0.4mm. 


Materials are available in a selection of professional grades, qualities and colors to suit different design requirements, and include Z-ABS, Z-ULTRAT, Z-HIPS, and Z-PCABS. The Z-ULTRAT filament comes in pastel shades of yellow, pink, purple, blue and turquoise; Z-ABS in white and pure black; Z-PCABS is a polycarbonate ABS ivory filament; and Z-HIPS comes in black. The range also enables the selection of materials that offer high durability against mechanical stress or high resistance to temperatures or even chemicals.


The Zortrax M300 3D printer builds upon the capabilities of the M200 and offers a larger workspace with dimensions of 300 x 300 x 300mm and 140 to 300-micron resolution, optimal wall thickness dimension of 800 microns, and single printable point resolution of 400 microns. The M300 is ideal for designs using the Z-HIPS material, and provides a spool preview to allow users to check the material usage and color. The M300 pack comprises the printer, side covers, starter kit, key to Z-SUITE software, and two spools of material.


Compatible with stl, obj, dxf and 3mf file types, both machines