MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 19, 2007— (NASDAQ: SSYS) Stratasys today announced a new build option that increases throughput up to 50 percent compared with previously available options.
The enhancement affects the FDM Titan and FDM Vantage systems
using ABS plastic. The exact throughput improvement will depend on
part geometry, and average speed improvement is 40 percent.
The build option employs a new layer thickness, measuring 0.013
inch (0.330 mm), which is best suited to larger geometry, where the
highest resolution is not required or when faster speed is needed. FDM
layer thickness options now include 0.005, 0.007, 0.010, and 0.013 in.
(0.127, 0.178, 0.254, and 0.330 mm).
"Users can select layer-thickness options to tailor their part's
surface finish, feature detail, and build speed to the job at hand,"
says product marketing manager Fred Fischer. "The new '13 slice'
option gives you more flexibility. With one system, you can build
anything from very fine, intricate parts like cell-phone pieces to a
large engine block. These options will also give more choice for those
doing direct digital manufacturing."
The new build option covers the following T-Class systems: Titan,
Titan Ti, Vantage i-a, Vantage X, Vantage S, and Vantage SE.
This enhancement is available at no charge to users on
maintenance/warranty contract via a software update. Users wishing to
receive the update should contact their customer service
Stratasys Inc., Minneapolis, makes rapid prototyping and direct
digital manufacturing systems. Stratasys equipment is used in
industries such as aerospace, automotive, defense, medical, and
consumer products. In 2005, the company installed 34 percent of all
systems sold worldwide, making it the unit market leader for the
fourth consecutive year, according to Wohlers Report 2006. Stratasys
patented the rapid prototyping process known as fused deposition
modeling (FDM(R)). The process creates functional prototypes or parts
directly from any 3D CAD program using ABS plastic, polycarbonate,
PPSF or other materials. The company holds 180 granted or pending
global prototyping patents. In addition to manufacturing products,
Stratasys is the exclusive North American distributor of Arcam rapid
manufacturing and prototyping systems. On the Web: www.Stratasys.com
FDM Titan and FDM Vantage are trademarks, and FDM is a registered
trademark of Stratasys Inc.
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