Stratasys worth the price over RepRap style 3d printers?

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Stratasys worth the price over RepRap style 3d printers?(self.3Dprinting)

submitted5 years agobyfly2future

if you had a budget of 30k to get involved with 3dprinting would you buy 1x professional Stratasys machine or buy multiple RepRap style machines?

Im wondering what exactly you are paying all this money for with a Stratasys machine besides the soluble support system? is the software on the Stratasys machine so much better than the opensource software used on these RepRap style machines?

From researching it appears that the Makerbot/Rep-rap derived printers are producing parts just as good as the Stratasys systems… or is this just a lot of hype and the reality is that the parts quality is way different amongest these machines?

Being the technology is so new, Im just unsure if right now is the right time to buy a printer or give it another few months or so to see what other options come up with higher resolution, faster printing, etc.?

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The difference is how much time toy want to put into the printer. I convinced my last company to purchase a u print (one of Stratasys lower end models). It was awesome. No matter what designs i sent to it, they would come out fine (within the limitations of layer thickness, xy tolerance, and minimum feature size). Literally, the only thing that i needed to do were reload filament and occasionally change print heads. I still long for the soluble Support system as i sit here with my reprap.

With that being said, you trade off the ability to refine the machine for ease of operation. You get the layer heights and tolerances that stratasys offers. You pay 10x for filament over reprap. You will probably want to buy into a service contact as well.

The bottom line is that stratasys is plug and play while reprap requires much tinkering. Stratasys is EXPENSIVE while reprap is cheap.

If i had 10k to blow, i would get a strstasys mojo but i would continue working with my reprap as well.

Sorry for formatting or word errors. This is from my phone and i may have missed a few auto corrects

MendelMax 2.00 points1 point2 points5 years ago(5 children)

Hello! My school actually has a Dimension printer, and I actually believe Statasys and Dimension have merged into one now.

Here are some critiques from my point of view, as a student who has used it for 3 years now, and someone building their own reprap.

Large Build Area (ours has 12x12x12 inches)

Heated build environment is better for ABS prints, stops ABS shrinkage

Pretty much print and go, easier to operate

Filament swapping is easy, usually cartridges.

Can use soluble support material, and non-soluble break-away support that also works well

Not as good layer heights. Not bad tolerances mind you, but just not quite as good as a reprap

Commonly much slower than the higher end reprap designs

Material is crazy expensive. $250 for 5lbs of ABS, where it costs 95$ for filament for repraps. And no, you cant get around that. Due to a serial code and electronic filament level tracker in every spool, each one gets a unique ID and memory of its fill level. Respooling it would lock the spool out, I believe. There are firmware hacks, but that tosses the warranty fully out the window

Restrictive software. Our layer heights are limited to 0.23mm and 0.25mm. I have heard it can do much better, but again, this requires firmware hacks

In short, big machines are expensive but reliable, with massive build volumes and ease-of-use in mind

Repraps are the antithesis of this, with smaller build volumes (commonly 8x8x8 for bigger printers), higher precision and speeds, but require software and hardware tuning to achieve the best results.

I personally favor RepRaps, but I will avoid introducing bias as much as I can

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do the rep raps use soluble support material like the srarasys?

MendelMax 2.00 points1 point2 points5 years ago(2 children)

You can buy it, yes. Its called PVA but is about $56/lb instead of $21/lb. But Im sure the price from Stratasys is not cheap either

0 points1 point2 points5 years ago(1 child)

my work is looking at the stratasys u prints, which more expensive seem the best solution for an education setting, nice and enclosed no chopped off fingers

MendelMax 2.00 points1 point2 points5 years ago(0 children)

Well, chopped off fingers arent a worry, but burns are. The hot end reachers 165 Celsius, and the bed 65-100 Celsius depending on material. Some can be bought with enclosures; I recommend Solidoodle 2 or 3 with enclosure. And it pains me to say this, but even the Replicator 1 with dual extrusion or Replicator 2 with dual extrusion (if you wait for it to be released) would be a better choice. Just about any enclosed 3D printer would be best, I guess. And cheaper for material, so would allow you to use it for more stuff in education.

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Dimension and Stratasys are one and the same. Dimension is a line of their printers.

0 points1 point2 points5 years ago(0 children)

If you have 30k to play with, why not look into photopolymer-style printers? You can get far better resolution (generally), and in some cases excellent build envelopes as well.

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Im a salesman for Stratasys printers, and I just recently went to an event where I got to see all the Makerbots/RepRaps/LulzBots working, and every part I saw printed was either severely warped or had some other bizarre quirk that forced them to reprint. So, I mean, if youve got the budget, then Id save yourself the pain of dicking around with a lower end printer.

And for the record, Stratasys Mojo printer is only about $10,000 🙂

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The new FDM-based F123 series enables high-quality, rapid prototyping, within any office or lab setting.

ByStephanie CondonforBetween the LinesFebruary 6, 2017 — 23:44 GMT (07:44 GMT+08:00)Topic:3D Printing

The 3D printing company Stratasys has launched a new series of printers that enables high-quality, rapid prototyping from any office or lab setting.

The new FDM-based F123 machines (which include the F170, F270 and F370) sit in a workspace like any other printer or copier. They should be easy to use, regardless of your experience with 3D printing, Stratasys says. Most operations can be accomplished with its touchscreen interface, or users can operate the machines remotely from any networked computer in a shared workspace.

The machines can be used through the whole prototyping workflow, from initial concept verification to design validation and final functional performance. According to recent Stratasys surveys, product designers and engineers have been looking for a 3D printer that enables easy, rapid prototyping for their entire workgroup. A range of industries, including the aerospace and automotive sectors, rely heavily on design workgroups to develop products, Stratasys noted.

Its pretty powerful having this much capability in a single system that sits right in our work space, Jesse Hahne, a partner with the Center for Advanced Design, said in a statement. Weve tried lower-end 3D printers in the past, and to be honest, theyre dimensionally inaccurate. The key for us to fast-track product development is getting physical samples in front of our customers as soon as possible.

Along with accessibility and ease of use, Stratasys research showed that product design teams are looking for 3D printers that offer a choice of materials. The Stratasys F123 Series accepts up to four material types in 10 colors. Its Fast Draft Mode can use PLA material to quickly produce conceptual prototypes at a low cost per part. Alternatively, the printers can use production-grade ASA and ABSl for stable, repeatable parts, or it could use engineering-grade PC-ABS for even stronger, impact-resistant parts.

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The worlds first multi-material full-colour 3D printer has been launched by Stratasys, the owner of the MakerBot range of printers.

It features triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials, reducing the need for separate print runs and painting.

The company said the Objet500 Connex3 Color Mutli-material 3D Printer would be a significant time-saver for designers and manufacturers.

It will cost about $330,000 (200,000).

By incorporating traditional 2D printer colour mixing, using cyan, magenta and yellow, the manufacturer says multi-material objects can be printed in hundreds of colours.

While the base materials are rubber and plastic, they can be combined and treated to create end products of widely varying flexibility and rigidity, transparency and opacity, the company said.

Stratasys marketing manager Bruce Bradshaw told the BBC: This will help industrial designers reduce the time it takes to bring prototypes to market by 50%.

The firms rival 3D Systems recently announced its own multi-material high-end 3D printer, the ProJet 5500X – but it offers a smaller range of colours: black, white, and certain shades of grey.

This limitation may not be a problem for businesses that only want to model and study the shape and behaviour of their designs and are willing to leave decisions about colour to a later point in the manufacturing process.

Even so, Duncan Wood, publisher of specialist 3D printing magazine TCT, told the BBC: This is groundbreaking stuff. Being able to produce single products incorporating materials of different rigidity and colour has been the holy grail of 3D printing to date.

This is industrial-grade technology that will afford designers a level of creativity theyve never had before.

Minneapolis-based Stratasys bought Israeli multi-material specialist Objet in April 2012.

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Stratasys Dimension 1200es ABS Prototype 3D Printer

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First introduced in 2008, Stratasys Dimension 1200es is an FDM based, entry-level printer aimed squarely at companies that want to introduce additive manufacturing to their prototyping and product design scheme.

Using proprietary ABSplusmaterial, the Dimension 1200es is capable of building objects that are true to their CAD models. It also features a display resolution thats ideal for most product prototyping jobs. Beyond geometric precision, Stratasys ABSplusmaterial offers a 40% improvement in tensile, impact and flexural strength over traditional ABS material.

Like many other Stratasys 3D printers, the Dimension 1200es materials come packaged in cartridge format. In the case of the 1200es, each cartridge holds 923 cm3 (56.32 in.3) of material and costs roughly $260.

The Dimension 1200es also comes with two different options for support material. The first option, a breakaway support material, can be removed from any print by hand or with delicate tool work. The second option is a soluble support material.

While a Dimension system that supports breakaway material is less expensive than one that uses the soluble option, that price break comes at a cost. The soluble material system gently dissolves the support material away from a part, leaving even the most delicate components free of fractures that might occur with breakaway material.

There is one other key difference in the support material systems. To dissolve its support material, the 1200es soluble comes packaged with a circulating chemical bath that uses relatively environmentally friendly chemicals. Printed models are removed from their print base and deposited into a pre-heated solution. After several hours, all support materials are dissolved leaving only the ABSplusmodel intact.

According to Brian Hagerty, Senior Support Technician at Austin Community Colleges A&E CAD Department, the Dimension 1200es has been a valuable machine for introducing students to the world of prototyping, One of the most valuable aspects of[the Dimension 1200es]is its ease of use. We typically process 20-25 large projects over the course of a 16 week semester. As the only technician incharge of our machine, I appreciate being able to change materials, tips and other components in no time.

Beyond its ease of use, the 1200es has demonstrated that its more than capable of producing functional prototypes that accurately represent the geometry of their original CAD models. Students have used the 1200es to produce a fully functional Howell V Twin Engine. Built using over 100 parts printed on the Dimension 1200es, the ACC Howell V Twin has been an excellent tool for teaching students GD&T, complex assemblies and digital manufacturing techniques. Whats more, the 1200es was able to produce parts with such precision that the V Twin actually achieves compression through its strokes.

For our purposes, the[Dimensions 1200es]has been an excellent intermediate tool that gives our students the ability to verify their designs before they begin machining them from metal, said Hagerty. Holding a part in your hands and verifying its fit can be a reassuring and cost saving measure.

Though the 1200es has been instrumental in teaching students about complex assemblies, one of Brians main concerns with the machine has been its intermittent failure to track material use. According to Brian the 1200es will sometimes continue to build models even when not feeding build or support material. In those situations the firmware controlling the 1200es accounting of material continues to click toward zero even when no material is extruded.

Because Stratasys cartridges rely on RFID tags to control how the printer and material work together sometimes the 1200es forces cartridges to be replaced even when ample material is still available. With material and support cartridges priced at $260, that waste can add up quickly.

Though the Dimension 1200es does face occasional mechanical issues, those problems are not uncommon in 3D printers extruding a plastic or polymer material. Setting aside those functional issues, the Dimension 1200es is a strong fit for educational environments or product design firms that want to ease their way into additive prototyping. For companies that need multi-material prints with high-resolution surface finishes, or who need end use parts, printers like Stratasys Connex series may be a better option.

Material:ABSplus; Soluble or Breakaway support material

Color: 9 colors: Black, Blue, Yellow, Gray, Olive, Natural, Nectarine, Red

Build Envelope Options: 254 x 254 x 305 mm (10 x 10 x 12)

Layer Thickness: 0.33 mm (0.013 in.) or .254 mm (.010 in.)

Printer Dimensions: 838 x 737 x 1143 mm (33 x 29 x 45 in.)

Recommended Uses: Functional Prototyping; ConceptModelling; Education

Primary Industries: Automotive; Aerospace; Consumer Electronics; Architectural Modelers; Tooling Manufacturers

Who Should Use the Dimension 1200es:

The Dimension 1200es is best suited for companies looking to ease their way into AM prototyping. With its relatively low cost its an excellent system for improving prototype turnaround time.

In addition to its use as an entry level AM machine, its easy to use interface makes it an ideal tool for educating staff or students about AM technology.

Why Wouldnt You Use the Dimension 1200es:

Anyone looking for a 3D printer with the ability to produce end-use parts should shy away from the 1200es. Though its products are of relatively high quality they lack the surface finish of other Stratasys systems.

Additionally, many other 3D printing systems have much faster build and support removal speeds, making them more suitable for rapid prototyping needs.

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The Stratasys F370 provides the highest capability and largest build size of the Stratasys F123 3D Printer Series. The system combines powerful FDM technology with design-to-printGrabCAD Printsoftware for the most versatile and intelligent solution available. Create complex, durable parts for prototyping applications as well as manufacturing jigs, fixtures and tools. Share projects between multiple users. And do it all without the need for dedicated expert staffing.

USER-FRIENDLY, OFFICE-FRIENDLY.The F370 is easy to operate and maintain for all levels of experience plus it is exceptionally quiet, making it perfect for any classroom or office setting. Material swaps are fast and easy, calibration is automatic and minimal set-up is required (simple plug and play).

SMARTER SOFTWARE.GrabCAD Print software simplifies the entire 3D printing processwith an intuitive CAD-like application anyone on your team can use, with the ability to manage print jobs remotely. The F370 also includes Insight software for advanced control of printing parameters.

VERSATILITY AND PERFORMANCE.The Stratasys F370supports four material options including engineering-grade PC-ABS, and aneasy-to-remove soluble support. Print everything from fast, low-cost concept models to durable assemblies.

MORE EFFICIENCY.The all-new fast draft modefeature produces initial design concepts quickly and economically; print twice as fast as standard build mode while consuming just a third of the material on average.  With four internal spool bays and auto material change-over, you can load two spools each of build and support materials for more versatile output or longer print runs.

PLAfor quick concept and verification models with good tensile strength

ABS-M30in six colors for great tensile, impact and flexural strength

ASAfor UV stability and the best aesthetics

PC-ABSfor the highest impact strength, plus the mechanical properties and heat resistance of PC and the surface appeal of ABS

355 x 254 x 355 mm (14 x 10 x 14 in)

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The Stratasys F270 lets you print everything from fast, low-cost concept models to durable assemblies. And the Stratasys F270 gives the option of up to three different materials, along with our easy-to-remove soluble support material. Create complex parts and assemblies with no compromise on accuracy, detail and repeatability. Even for your earliest design iterations, you can expect Stratasys quality and dependability.

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The new Stratasys F270 is easy to operate and maintain for all levels of experience. And, its adept at every prototyping stage, from concept verification to design validation to functional performance.

Minimal setupmeans you can simply plug and play to give your entire office access to professional 3D printing.

Auto-calibrationensures you spend less time troubleshooting and more time prototyping.

Fast and easy material swapsto help maximize your design teams productivity.

GrabCAD Print™ softwaresimplifies the entire 3D printing process with an intuitive CAD-like application anyone on your team can use. And with features like detailed reporting and remote monitoring, you can easily manage your print jobs from outside the office. Combined with the ability to seamlessly share projects between users, it all adds up to a more streamlined, efficient workflow.

The Stratasys F270 series lets you print everything from fast, low-cost concept models to durable assemblies. And the Stratasys F270 gives the option of three different materials, along with our easy-to-remove soluble support material. Create complex parts and assemblies with no compromise on accuracy, detail and repeatability. Even for your earliest design iterations, you can expect Stratasys quality and dependability.

The Stratasys F270 also features the all-new fast-draft mode to produce initial design concepts quickly and economically. Now you can print twice as fast as standard build mode while consuming just a third of the material on average. For even more efficiency and savings, choose PLA. A thermoplastic made from renewable resources, PLA gives you the speed of fast-draft mode while keeping material expenses down. Spend less, create more. Thats smarter 3D printing.

The all-in-one power of the Stratasys F123 series gives you value all around with expanded capabilities and unprecedented accessibility. New and improved features save time and material. Incredible ease of use with both the hardware and the software means you dont need special 3D printing expertise. Super quiet and office friendly. Reliable, consistent printing ensures less waste. Designed for the way you work, its a smart business move.

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Model Materials:PLA*, ABS-M30™, ASA, QSR support material

Layer Thickness:PLA (0.254mm), ABS & ASA (0.330mm-0.127mm)

Accuracy:Parts are produced within an accuracy of +/- .200 mm, or +/- .002 mm/mm, whichever is greater.

Material Delivery Options:Stratasys F270 = 4 material spool bays, 2 for model, 2 for support located in a drawer on the front of the unit

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Size and weight:1626 x 864 x 711 mm; 227 kg with consumables

Power Requirements:100132V/15A or 200240V/7A. 50/60 Hz

Regulatory Compliance:CE, FCC, EAC, EMC (low-voltage directive), TUV, FCC, RC, RCM, RoHs, WEEE, Reach

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GrabCAD Print™ softwaresimplifies the entire 3D printing process with an intuitive CAD-like application anyone on your team can use. And with features like detailed reporting and remote monitoring, you can easily manage your print jobs from outside the office. Combined with the ability to seamlessly share projects between users, it all adds up to a more streamlined, efficient workflow.

The all-in-one capabilities of the Stratasys F370 help CAD continuously improve product designs, like their popular motocross helmet. Feedback on a previous version prompted CAD to make design changes more in line with what riders want a helmet that can accommodate a neck brace and a camera.

3D printings contributions across the design, engineering and manufacturing disciplines are not new. The technology has been available in various forms for over thirty years and is often lauded as the next industrial revolution.

Despite some inflated claims, theres no denying that 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, has achieved its place as a valuable design and manufacturing methodology, and a cornerstone of rapid prototyping (RP). It lives up to the promise of making businesses more competitive by giving them the tools to streamline and enhance the product-creation processes.

This white paper will show theres never been a better time to invest in 3D printing, a fact made possible by the introduction of the Stratasys F123™ 3D Printer Series. These 3D printers were designed to remove the barriers designers and engineers face by making the RP process more efficient and productive. Youll see how the Stratasys F123 Series addresses typical rapid prototyping pain points and lets companies create better products faster, reducing the time to market.LEARN MORE

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Stratasys Releases Objet Eden260VS to Strengthen Dental 3D Printing

Last year, Stratasys strengthened its dental 3D printing division even further witha dental advisory boardand, now, at the beginning of 2015, the company has already introduced its first dental-related product, an update to its popularObjet Eden260V3D printing platform.  The newObjet Eden260VS Dental Advantageis meant to be even more useful for mid-sized dental labs and mid-to-large-sized orthodontic labs.

Stratasys latest Objet Eden system is compatible with all of the companys previous dental materials, including VeroDent, VeroDentPlus and VeroGlaze, but the printer has a number of new features.  The 260VS adds a new soluble support option, along with automated support removal, for easily cleaning small, detailed dental parts.  This feature, not available on previous PolyJet dental machines, can ultimately reduce time spent on cleaning supports from such items as the removable die inserts in dental models.

Timed well for the release of their new dental printer, the company has also announced that theirVeroGlazematerial currently meets the dental requirements of being considered a Bio-compatible photopolymer.  As a result, VeroGlaze can be used to print items that will have short-term contact with mucous membranes, like veneer try-ins with realistic tooth coloring.

Director of global dental at Stratasys, Avi Cohen, says of the new machine,Stratasys is fully committed to the digital dentistry market. The Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage brings supremely accurate 3D printing technology to any dental lab seeking to benefit from the future of digital dentistry and orthodontics. The easy-to-use Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage meets the needs of those dental and orthodontic labs seeking professional grade 3D printing capabilities with Stratasys signature PolyJet speed, accuracy and consistency. As our most versatile 3D printing solution for the dental sector to date, this new 3D printer meets a broad range of application needs that demand delicate features or fine and complex details, while offering low cost of ownership.

The Objet Eden260VS is a small upgrade to the companys dental printing division, but the continued refinement of the product will help Stratasys tackle the growing dentistry market. To learn more about the new system,visit the Stratasys website here.

Michael Molitch-Hou previously served as Editor-in-Chief of 3D Printing Industry, he is now the Editor of Engineering . coms 3D printing section. He has covered additive manufacturing technology day in and day out since 2012 and has hundreds of article to his credit. He is the founder of The Reality Institute.

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So farTCT 2017has featured a number of 3D printing hardware and software releases fromUltimakerCarbonandBCN3D.

With more announcements still to come throughout the week, we have a roundup of some the latest news and exhibits to be released on day one at the NEC in Birmingham.

Polish 3D printing company ZMorph are exhibiting their new multitooldesktop printer,the Z Morph VX.

Online electronics marketplace Monoprice is demonstrating the open source MP Select Mini V2 3D printer suitable for in-school use and light manufacturing.

FELIXprinters, based near Utrecht in the Netherlands, has launched a new FFF 3D printer. TheFELIX Tec 4features an improved semi-automatic calibration process, a flexible build plate (to help remove the printed object), and compatibility with a number of filaments.The printer is available both in assembled form and as a DIY kit, where the upgraded and improved parts can be placed on to a Felix Tec 3 printer.

Guyson, a family-owned manufacturer based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, has revealed its latest contribution to 3D printing a robot controlled product finishing station. Known as the Guyson PRS, the system features a blasting function and a powder recovering system. The product is especially aimed at additive manufacturing in the aerospace, medical implant and automotive sectors.

HPs distribution partnership and new research customers

HP have announced that it will beextendingits partnership with German chemical and consumer goods company Henkel. Amended terms in the agreement make Henkel the first global reseller of HPs Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printers.

The company has also announced a string of new high-profile customers across Europe, including Danfoss Group, ETH Zurich, Jaguar-Land Rover, KTM, and The Manufacturing Technology Center.

Stratasys have developed a Veroflex Rapid Prototyping solution to reduce design to market time for spectacles and the process more cost-efficient. The Veroflex material, printed using aJ750 polyjet 3D Printeraims to produce precise, functional models whilst maintaining a stiff yet flexible material.

The materials 3DTalk panel hosted by Women in 3D Printings Nore Tour was a hit at the shows Tech Stage. Speaking on the selection of this years topic Tour highlighted the 3D printing trifecta commenting, When talking about 3D printing and what advances the technology,  a few things come to mind: use of the technology of course, but also, hardware, software and materials.

We believe it is important to have a dedicated talk about why and how to market and advance new materials for 3D Printing [] We wanted to cover the question of materials on a large scale, not focusing on one 3DP process rather than [an]other.

Nora Tour General Manager at Sculpteo USA and founder of Women in 3D Printing kicks off the 3DTalk at TCT 2017. Photo by Michael Petch for 3D Printing Industry.

LimitState, a developer of analysis and design software for engineers is exhibiting its recently released LimitState:FORM software for optimization of CAD files.The technology is based on research conducted at the University of Sheffields Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing. It is also exhibited alongside the firms industrial strength STL file fixing tool LimitState:FIX.

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Featured image shows Stratasys demonstrating 3D printing applications for McClaren at TCT 2017. Photo by Michael Petch for 3D Printing Industry

Rushabh Haria is a writer at 3D Printing Industry. Hailing from South London, he has a degree in Classics. His interests include the application of 3D printing technology to art and its popularisation.

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