3d printing and rapid prototyping

3d printing and rapid prototyping

3D printing and rapid prototyping

Rapid Prototyping, also known as 3D printing, is an additive manufacturing technology. The process begins with taking a virtual design from modeling or computer aided design (CAD) software. The 3D printing machine reads the data from the CAD drawing and lays down successive layers of liquid, powder, or sheet material — building up the physical model from a series of cross sections. These layers, which correspond to the virtual cross section from the CAD model, are automatically joined together to create the final shape.

Rapid prototyping uses a standard data interface, implemented as the STL file format, to translate from the CAD software to the 3D prototyping machine. The STL file approximates the shape of a part or assembly using triangular facets.

Typically, rapid prototyping systems can produce 3D models within a few hours. Yet, this can vary widely, depending on the type of machine being used and the size and number of models being produced.

Rapid prototyping techniques offer multiple benefits, such as:

  • Fast and effective communication of design ideas
  • Effective validation of design fit, form, and function
  • Greater design flexibility, with the ability to run quickly through multiple design iterations
  • Fewer production design flaws and better end-products!

3D printing applications

Take your 3D CAD designs from on-screen to in-hand with realistic 3D models. Test form, fit and function. Print assembly tools on the fly or manufacture small quantities of production parts. It’s all possible with Stratasys 3D Printers.

Which printer is right for your business?

We have created a chart to help you better understand the Stratasys 3D printer range and what each type of printer is best suited to.

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 Exclusive South African agents for Stratasys

Stratasys Ltd. was formed in 2012 by the merger of Stratasys Inc. and Objet Ltd. The company manufactures 3D printers and materials that create prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. The company’s 3D printers are based on patented FDM® and PolyJet® technologies.

Stratasys systems are used by manufacturers to create models and prototypes to aid in the new product design process. And they are becoming widely used for production of finished goods in low-volume manufacturing. Systems range from affordable desktop 3D printers to large production systems for direct digital manufacturing.

Stratasys products we offer and maintain

Stratasys Idea Series

Liberate your creativity. Accelerate your design process. A Stratasys Mojo, uPrint SE or uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer brings professional 3D printing to your desktop or small team workspace. Soon, you’ll be asking yourself how you ever got through the design process without one.

Size up each system to find the affordability and speed right for you — then harness the power of 3D printing!

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Stratasys Design series

Precision 3D Printers

Precision 3D Printers set the industry standard for final-product realism. Based on PolyJet 3D Printing technology, these systems give you the best surface quality and fine details together with the widest range of material properties on the market and the ability to print multi-material models.

Performance 3D Printers

Powered by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, Performance 3D Printers deliver 3D modeling in real ABSplus thermoplastic. Parts are durable and dimensionally stable — perfect for tough testing. And materials are affordable, meaning you can work iteratively with frequent 3D modeling.

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Stratasys Production Series

The Stratasys 3D Production Series brings world-class prototyping, tooling and digital manufacturing to your designers and engineers. The Fortus 250mc is the most compact and affordable machine, offering advanced 3D manufacturing capabilities in an office-friendly footprint. Fortus 900mc 3D Production Systems offer the widest range of Fused Deposition Modeling materials, including high performance thermoplastics, for amazingly durable, accurate parts as large as 914 x 610 x 914 mm with predictable mechanical, chemical and thermal properties.

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3D printing and rapid prototyping consulting

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