Acquisition Stratasys acquires stereolithography provider RPS
Israel/UK — With the acquisition of UK-based RP Support (RPS) and its Neo product line for industrial stereolithography systems, Stratasys is adding a complementary technology to its polymer solutions portfolio.
RPS' Neo line of 3D printers features dynamic laser beam technology that is said to enable high accuracy, detail and low variability across the entire scope of a large build platform. The open material system processes resins with a wide range of properties, including chemical resistance, heat tolerance, flexibility, durability and optical clarity. The stereolithography printers can produce parts up to 800 x 800 x 600 mm, providing a large build area in a small space. In addition, all Neo systems are Industry 4.0 ready and feature Titanium control software with camera, network connectivity, support for remote diagnostics and adjustment of parameters during the build phase. The printers can automatically email progress reports on jobs, it says. Stratasys plans to integrate its Grab CAD Print workflow software into future versions of the product. Yoav Zeif, CEO of Stratasys, believes that the Neo products are superior to other solutions currently on the market because they offer an open choice of materials, low service requirements, and reliable and accurate builds with easy day-to-day operation.
RPS industrial stereolithography systems are suitable for applications such as tooling, investment casting models, anatomical modeling, orthodontic aligner molds and large design parts. The global sector for industrial stereolithography systems is estimated at approximately $ 150 million, and Stratasys expects it to continue to grow at a rate of approximately 10 % per year.