Gearbox™ HT2 compared to Stratasys Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition

Gearbox™ HT2 compared to Stratasys Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition

Posted by Matt Howlett on 16th Jul 2019

We designed our Gearbox™ HT2 printer to enable our customers to take advantage of the broadest array of materials on the market - including advanced composite materials such as our CarbonX™ Carbon Fiber grades of materials. The combination of our Gearbox™ HT2 and CarbonX™ CF allows for the printing of production parts, functional prototypes, and large-scale tooling with exceptional dimensional stability, strength, and stiffness.  

Our CarbonX™ Carbon Fiber reinforced grades of filament encompass the broadest range of CF materials on the market (HERE). Our customers who use our exotic grades - CF PEKK and CF-PEEK for example - want to take full advantage of these advanced materials but have found there is a limited number of options for an industrial grade printer to mate with these materials. Gearbox™ HT2 was designed to allow our customers to fully utilize these grades by incorporating high-temp extrusion, heated build chamber, industrial mechatronics and controls, and on-board filament drying technology.  HT2 is our answer when customers ask which printer we recommend to make CF-PEKK and CF-PEEK parts.

In 2018, Stratasys responded to the growing demand for CF materials by releasing their Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition (CFE) printer and marketed this machine as their go-to option for making industrial-grade CF parts.  Now that we are offering the HT2 printer, we receive a lot of questions from customers asking how our printer compares to the Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber printer.  In an effort to answer these questions, we took a look at the specs and material options available to both systems in order to offer a direct comparison. 

Check out the stats below - I think you'll agree that the Gearbox™ HT2 is a far better option if you need the ability to make large industrial-quality parts without the inherent limitations of the printer manufacturer telling you which material you can and can't print in a machine that you paid for. 

Gearbox™ HT2 Advantages

  • 5X larger build volume
  • Lower cost printer (≈$20K less!)
  • Significantly lower cost materials
  • Open materials offering 100's of options - 380mc CFE offers only 2
  • On-board filament heater and dryer 

Comparison Specifications

Manufacturer 3DXTECH Stratasys Stratasys

3D Printer Model

Gearbox HT2 Fortus 380mc
Carbon Fiber Edition
Fortus 380mc
Build Volume 18 x 18 x 32in
(10,368in3)
457 x 457 x 812mm
14 x 12 x 12in
(2,016in3)
355 x 304 x 304mm
14 x 12 x 12in
(2,106in3)
355 x 304 x 304mm
Printer Price (est.) $55,000 $75,000 $125,000
Filament Availability Open-Source
(Lower Cost)
Closed
(Stratasys Only)
Closed
(Stratasys Only)
Built for Carbon Fiber YES YES NO
Heated Build Chamber 120°C 120°C 120°C
On-board Filament Capacity ≈16kg ≈4kg ≈4kg
Available Materials 100's Available
2 7
Carbon Fiber PEKK YES - -
Carbon Fiber PEEK YES - -
Carbon Fiber PEI (ULTEM®)  YES - -
Carbon Fiber PC YES - -
Carbon Fiber NYLON YES YES -
Carbon Fiber ABS YES - -
Carbon Fiber PETG YES - -
Carbon Fiber PLA YES - -
ESD-Safe PEKK YES - -
ESD-Safe PEI (ULTEM®)  YES - -
ESD-Safe PPS YES - -
ESD-Safe PVDF YES - -
ESD-Safe PC YES - -
ESD-Safe ABS YES - YES
ESD-Safe PETG YES - -
ESD-Safe PLA YES - -
Flame Retardant PC/ABS YES - -
Flame Retardant ABS YES - -
Glass Fiber NYLON YES - -
Glass Fiber ABS YES - -
Glass Fiber PETG YES - -
PEKK YES - -
PEEK YES - -
PEI (ULTEM®) YES - -
PPSU YES - -
PSU YES - -
PPS YES - -
PVDF YES - -
PC YES - YES
PC/ABS YES - YES
NYLON YES - YES
ASA YES YES YES
ABS YES - YES
PETG YES - -
PLA YES - -
Available Support Materials


Water Soluble Support YES YES YES
Break Away Support YES - -
Filament Pricing (Est.)
CF-NYLON $90/kg $300/kg -
PC $85/kg - $225/kg
PC/ABS $85/kg - $225/kg
NYLON $68/kg - $250/kg
ESD-ABS $95/kg - $225/kg
ASA $38/kg $200/kg $200/kg
ABS $30/kg - $200/kg



The future is limitless. The future is Gearbox™ HT2.

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