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MakerBot LABS Extruder Transforms Method 3D Printer into an Open Materials Platform

BASF 3D Printing Solutions and LEHVOSS Group join other filament suppliers in the Method Materials Development Program.

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MakerBot has announced the availability of the MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder for Method. The new extruder turns Method into an open materials platform, enabling users to print with a wide variety of third-party materials on an industrial 3D printing platform.

The new MakerBot LABS extruder encourages engineers to push the limits of what’s possible with Method 3D printers by experimenting with new 3D printing materials. Method’s industrial capabilities are ideal for printing parts with advanced materials that allow engineers to unlock new 3D printing applications. With its 100°C heated chamber, Method can produce parts that are stronger and more accurate than those printed on a desktop 3D printer with a heated build plate. Soluble SR-30 supports from Stratasys and water soluble PVA enable the user to print complex geometries with advanced engineering materials that are difficult to print successfully on a desktop 3D printer.

With a modified hot end, the new MakerBot LABS extruder gives users advanced customization options for new materials, including interchangeable nozzle assemblies and expanded print settings in MakerBot’s print preparation software, MakerBot Print. The LABS extruder can reach up to 300°C, and includes sensors that track temperature, materials and extruder jams.

The Method Materials Development Program allows leading filament companies to qualify their materials for the MakerBot LABS extruder. The program has gained significant momentum since it was announced and MakerBot has added leading materials suppliers BASF 3D Printing Solutions and LEHVOSS Group to its growing list of partners, which also includes Jabil, Polymaker, KIMYA and Mitsubishi Chemical.