US Special Ops are looking for a 3D Printer
Posted By sculpteo on Aug 16, 2011 | 1 commentAccording to Wired Danger Room “the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) announced on Monday that they’d like to buy a 3D printer. Specifically, they want to get their hands on a Stratasys Dimension BST1200es series 3D printer”
This 3D Printer has a starting price of 18 500 EUR only. Its large build capacity allows to print large functional, durable models (in build sizes up to 10″ x 10″ x 12″) for evaluation and testing under real-world conditions. The ABSplus modeling material it uses is a production-grade thermoplastic durable enough to perform virtually the same as production parts.
The Dimension SST 1200es uses Soluble Support Technology which dissolves the supports in a water-based solution. This process is recommended for detailed or delicate models.
The Dimension BST 1200es uses Breakaway Support Technology in which the supports are simply snapped off to reveal the final model. Breakaway supports can be more convenient if there is no ready access to a sink or water supply.