For a growing number of designers that depend on 3D computer-aided design, 3D Printing is quickly becoming a critical part of the design process. Printing physical prototypes prior to manufacturing enables design teams to create better designs with fewer changes, lower production costs and achieve shorter time to market. Dimension printers operate in an office environment and produce fully functional 3D parts to test form, fit and function. FISHER/UNITECH has partnered with the Dimension 3D Printing Group and its parent company, Stratasys, for over ten years. The company has successfully implemented hundreds of machines through the Midwest and Great Lakes region.
New Product Announcement - 1200es
To meet market demand for an affordable, networked printer capable of producing stronger models, the Dimension 3D Printing Group released the 1200es series in February 2008. The 1200es, starting at $26,900, features a 10x10x12 build envelope and utilizes ABSplus(TM), a material that is 40% stronger on average than standard ABS plastic.
The Dimension 1200es aims to achieve the characteristics of injection molded parts while providing the largest build size in the 3D printing marketplace. ABSplus has superior mechanical properties, surface finish, feature detail and process speed.
Direct Digital Manufacturing
These developments open up a new market for the Dimension printer in the area of direct digital manufacturing for low-volume production. Direct digital manufacturing or DDM, allows companies to bypass the step of creating a traditional mold when bringing a new product to market. DDM eliminates the time needed for tooling set-up and can produce parts with complex geometry. This technology can help small to mid-size manufacturers save weeks or months of manufacturing time meaning shorter time to market, new business opportunities and increased revenue.
For customers who own a 1200 printer (not a 1200es), Dimension is providing an upgrade package for $5,000. In addition, FISHER/UNITECH is offering 0% leasing on the 1200es, with 12, 24 or 36 month terms. Customers can include one year of maintenance in the lease contract for additional savings.
About FISHER/UNITECH (www.funtech.com)
FISHER/UNITECH, established in 1993, provides Product Lifecycle Management solutions to discrete manufacturing companies. The company's focus is on process improvement for product development. Process improvement is obtained through the integration of advanced software solutions to replace legacy systems. The applications include CAID, CAD, CAM, CAE, PDM, KBE, Reverse Engineering and Rapid Prototyping. Professional services are offered for design automation and data management which provides customers with a full service, one-stop source for complex PLM systems. The company offers advanced web-based delivery of education programs with its interactive, instructor-led 3DU. Please visit the company's website at (http://www.funtech.com) or call 800-816-8314.
About The Dimension 3D Printing Group (www.dimensionprinting.com)
The Dimension 3D Printing Group is a business unit of Stratasys, Inc., based in Minneapolis, Minn. Dimension 3D printers - which include the Elite, the Dimension 1200es Series and Dimension 768 Series - are networked, desktop modeling systems that provide CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) users a fast, office-friendly, low-cost alternative for building functional 3D prints. Dimension 3D printers build accurate models layer by layer using durable ABS plastic, allowing users to not only evaluate design concepts, but test 3D prints for functionality, form and fit. As the first large format desktop 3D printer that sells for less than $30,000, Dimension incorporates many key features found in modeling systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars more.