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New F123 Series 3D Printer Review

New F123 Series of 3D Printers

With the release of the new F123 series during SOLIDWORKS World in Los Angeles, Stratasys is broadening the accessibility of professional-grade 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Faster material swaps, easy-to-use software, intuitive user interface—all at a price point friendly to everyone interested in fused deposition modeling for any stage in the product development cycle.

  • Three Models: F170, F270, F370
  • New User Interface & Remote Print Monitoring
  • Prototyping, Manufacturing Tools, End-Use Parts
  • Minimal Set-Up & Auto Calibration
  • Improved Software Experience with GrabCAD Print
  • Easy Material Swaps & Automatic Material Changeover
  • Material Options: PLA, ABS-M30, ASA, PC-ABS

Fathom’s Seattle office has a 3D printer from the F123 series, the F370 and its already running in-house. The team has been putting the professional equipment through the paces, exploring the ins and outs. In this Q&A, check out what Fathom’s Seattle General Manager Dylan Oliver said about his one-on-one experience with the F370.


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What are some unique features of the F123 series that you are particularly looking forward to utilizing?

Dylan Oliver, Fathom General Manager—The features that really separate the new F123 line from previous Stratasys offerings are the new GrabCAD print software, universal tips for varying resolution, quick draft PLA, larger build area and more materials within the product category. The barrier to entry for a 3D printer with this much power has never been lower.

What level of precision can you expect from the F370? How does the F370 compare to other FDM printers from Stratasys?

Oliver—With .005”, .007”, .010 and .013” layers, the performance is generally on par with what is expected from the Fortus series.  I would say the F370 fits in somewhere between the Fortus 250mc and Fortus 380mc given the capabilities and price points.

How does the new GrabCAD software change the user experience?

Oliver— The new GrabCAD software simplifies the 3D printing process with an intuitive workflow, automatic file healing and native file imports.  The user interface is an improvement over the previous generation of slicing engine software from Stratasys, Catalyst and Insight.

What have you created so far using the F370?

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Oliver—We have created a series of controller prototypes starting with PLA, then ASA, then PC-ABS.  We have also built some parts with moving components and some mirroring parts in varying resolutions to compare the accuracy and appearance.

What industries do you see as the most likely to use this new series of 3D printers?

Oliver—I  see this as a versatile line that could be used to create early iterative prototypes and testable functional prototypes all the way through to end-use tooling fixtures. These systems will be popular across industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer electronics and many others. This series is a great entry point for 3D printing ownership and I think we will see many relatively new users making some of these systems their first in-house machines.


Featured Use Case—Center for Advanced Design

To learn more about this system, check out a featured case study with the Center of Advanced Design (CAD)—a product development firm in Minnesota. See how the team of design engineers who specialize in creating complex surface geometry for the plastics industry are using an in-house Stratasys F370 and GrabCAD Print software / / Read Story

Start a conversation with Fathom to chat with our experts about the F123 series and its easy-to-use functionality. Check out more specifics about the machine on the Fathom F123 series product page.

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