May 30, 2017 | By Tess

Polish 3D printing company Zortrax has unveiled the newest update to its Z-SUITE 3D printing software. The platform, already available for update, now supports external printing material profiles. This new feature will give users of the Zortrax M200 and Zortrax M300 3D printers more freedom in terms of experimenting with materials outside of the Zortrax ecosystem.

Up until now, users of the Zortrax M200 and Zortrax M300 3D printers have been limited to 3D printing with the company’s own branded materials. An integrated 3D printing environment made up of proprietary solutions (including 3D printers, software, and printing materials) is one of the factors which has helped Zortrax guarantee reliable hardware and the high quality and repeatability of 3D printed models.

Still, in the spirit of consumer choice, the creative maker community has asked the Polish 3D printing company to expand its material allowance, to enable users to experiment with 3D printing materials beyond the Zortax range. It seems the company has listened to these requests.

The Z-SUITE platform allows users to select 3D print settings in an easy and intuitive way via a computer. With these settings, makers can choose what infill level they want for their print, whether to divide the print into multiple parts, what scale it should be printed at, and at what speed. The software also has settings related to the materials that are to be used for printing. These settings allow the software to adjust the operating temperature of the printer, correlating it with material properties to ensure top printing quality.

Zortrax M200 3D printer (left) and M300 3D printer (right)

“We received signals from users who wanted the option to experiment with external printing materials not in our current range,” said Rafał Tomasiak, CEO Zortrax S.A. “The newest software update is the response to these signals. It opens us to completely new target groups. But please keep in mind that the only way to ensure top quality and hardware reliability of our solutions is by using Zortrax materials.”

While Zortrax’s R&D department is always working on developing new types of 3D printing materials, the company currently has seven materials on offer. They are:

  • Z-ABS for printing concept models, mock-ups, gadgets, or figures. Available in 11 colors.
  • Z-PCABS is extremely durable and resistant to high temperatures. It is best used for printing items such as casings, moving parts, or structural elements. Available in Ivory.
  • Z-PETG ensures models have a shiny surface resistant to mechanical damage, time, and light. It is also highly resistant to salts, acids, bases, and solvents. Available in grey and black.
  • Z-ULTRAT is an original Zortrax polymer with increased resistance to external factors, and which allows for further mechanical processing. Available in 22 colors.
  • Z-GLASS is a light-transmitting material for printing items with transparent surfaces which imitate glass or plastic.
  • Z-HIPS reduces the risk of deformation and the time required for model processing. Its unique structure absorbs light and reduces visible imperfections. Available in 7 colors.
  • Z-ESD is resistant to electrostatic discharge and is perfect for printing objects such as electronics casings. Available in black.

Makers can download the Z-SUITE 1.10 update here.

 

 

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