Interview Additive manufacturing giant trains its sights on the mould

Editor: Eric Culp

The various technologies of generative manufacturing have been heralded as the next industrial revolution. Andy Middleton, Stratasys general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, talks about the recent merger with Objet and how he can help toolmakers.

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Moulds made of plastics are already replacing metal ones like these used to produce Lego blocks in short production runs.
Moulds made of plastics are already replacing metal ones like these used to produce Lego blocks in short production runs.
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ETMM: Following your merger with Objet last year, should mould and die shops expect any changes?

Middleton: Speaking for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, which I am managing, we have well in excess of 7,000 machines combined out there in various industries. In the merger we are maintaining all of our resellers that were there prior to the deal, either from the Polyjet or Objet side or the Stratasys side. In addition, most of the resellers are going to have a wider product portfolio, which means we are opening up many of the resellers who were unable to sell Fortis or Connex machines from Objet, for example. We are opening up the sales network to allow them to deal with more products. So, the end user firstly will have continuity from this reseller and secondly will have access to even more products and materials from the same reseller. So for the die makers around here, and the initiative we’re starting with the Connex materials to produce those forms – I think we will have a better portfolio than we did before.

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ETMM: How many different additive technologies are now contained within the newly created Stratasys?

Middleton: Right now we are running the FDM (fused deposition modelling) technology from Stratasys, the Polyjet technology from Objet and the wax technology from Solidscape.

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