Expanded capabilities support customers’ needs through the entire product development cycle
MINNEAPOLIS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 15, 2012 — RedEye On Demand, a rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing service provider, and business unit of Stratasys Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), today announced it has added cast urethane molding to its services offering. A complementary capability to RedEye On Demand’s existing Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and PolyJet services, the addition of cast urethane strengthens the company’s ability to support its customers’ rapid prototyping and manufacturing needs through the entire product development cycle.
“With pressure to decrease the time and costs associated with bringing a product to market, there is increased demand for suppliers with full-service production capabilities - particularly in the medical, automotive and heavy machinery industries,” said Richard Garrity, Stratasys vice president of RedEye On Demand. “With the addition of cast urethane services our customers will realize the benefits in time and money associated with utilizing one source for their conceptual 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and short-run production needs.”
Typically used to produce durable, short-run production components quickly, cast urethane molding is ideally suited for a wide range of materials for prototyping or end-use applications. A bridge between rapid prototyping and injection molding, cast urethane molding combines the durability of an FDM additive-manufactured part with the surface finish of a traditionally manufactured part.
Because of the urethanes’ ability to simulate thermoplastic material characteristics, such as heat deflection, impact strength and durometer, the technology is often used to produce parts for visual models in color and texture studies, product testing and verification, and low-volume production of fewer than 100 parts.
Additional RedEye On Demand services and applications include:
- White Paper: Direct Digital Manufacturing: Impact and Opportunity Part 1 – Freedom to Redesign
- Case Study: RedEye On Demand Defines Museum-Quality 3D Printing in Creating a Historical Replica for the Smithsonian
- Case Study: RedEye On Demand Creates Robot Model for International Space Station
- Video Tour of the RedEye On Demand Facility and Systems at Work
RedEye On Demand, by Stratasys, makes prototyping and the production of low-volume, complex parts fast and easy. RedEye assists engineers in all phases of product development from conceptual modeling to the production of end-use parts. As the leader in on-demand, 3D printing services and powered by the innovation of Stratasys, product developers rely on RedEye for the breadth and reach of its manufacturing technologies. These technologies include Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), PolyJet and cast urethane molding. RedEye’s global distributive manufacturing network includes more than 125 additive manufacturing systems worldwide. Through its vast network, RedEye is able to streamline and expedite the development time for parts, reducing costs and time to market. Online at www.RedEyeOnDemand.com
Stratasys Inc., Minneapolis, is a maker of additive-manufacturing machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts. The company markets under the brands uPrint and Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus Production 3D Printers. Stratasys manufactures 3D printers for Hewlett Packard, which it sells under the brand Designjet3D. In 2011, Stratasys acquired 3D printer maker Solidscape Inc. According to Wohlers Report 2011, Stratasys had a 41-percent market share in 2010, and has been the unit market leader for the ninth consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®) process. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds more than 285 granted or pending additive-manufacturing patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business and industrial equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries. Online at: www.Stratasys.com
RedEye, FDM, Stratasys, Fortus and Dimension are registered trademarks, and Redeye On Demand and FDM Technology are trademarks, of Stratasys Inc.
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