3D printing works with you from start to finish
Whether you’re testing out a bold new idea or you’re ready for digital manufacturing, Stratasys 3D Printers build models and parts for every application along the way.
CONCEPT MODELS: Early in the design process, you can use FDM to make models to review form, fit and ergonomics. Then update your design based on any flaws you have identified. Again print, review and update your design. Repeat the iteration process until you find the perfect concept. Shifting from the 2D world to physical parts will accelerate the product development process and lower cost. The 3D part is much better at communicating the design, so you can make better decisions faster.
FUNCTIONAL PROTOTYPES: To prove out your design, you can make a functional precision prototype. Use FDM parts for performance tests and rigorous engineering assessments. Producing functional prototype components typically takes from a few hours to overnight. It will allow you to catch flaws before they become costly engineering changes. It also reduces time-to-market and maximizes product performance.
MANUFACTURING TOOLS: In your company’s manufacturing process, is there a need for jigs, fixtures, gauges, patterns, molds, and dies? You can make them with production printers instead of spending the time and money to machine, fabricate, mold or cast them. FDM production printers not only reduce time and cost for manufacturing tools, they can improve your production assembly process. Layer-based production gives you the freedom to design lightweight, complex, ergonomic shapes that can make your assembly process more efficient.
FINISHED GOODS: Follow the lead of visionary entrepreneurs, aerospace companies, medical device makers, and limited-production automakers. For runs of 5,000 or less, instead of using the traditional manufacturing processes of molding, machining or tooling, consider using a production printer to make your parts. Eliminating traditional manufacturing processes cuts time and cost while freeing you to make design revisions whenever necessary. Free from the constraints of traditional manufacturing processes, you can also create new opportunities in custom or extremely low quantity applications.
ADVANCED APPLICATIONS: When you combine the geometric complexity, control and speed of 3D printing with the variety of materials available with FDM & PolyJet technologies, traditional manufacturing restrictions disappear. Stratasys patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology works with production-grade engineering thermoplastics, including ABS, PC and high-performance materials like ULTEM 9085.And, Stratasys PolyJet photopolymer materials range in properties from rigid to rubber-like, with transparency from glass-like to opaque. PolyJet photopolymers simulate standard and engineering plastics and let users mix different material properties in the same part in a single job.
FINISHING: Stratasys 3D printers let you seal, polish and paint models, prototypes and parts for a smooth surface and fine feature details. And, with the production-grade thermoplastics, Stratasys FDM 3D Printers allow you to sand, drill, glue and paint – bonding 3D printed parts together to grow beyond the build envelope.
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