Stratasys Transforming product design, development and production using AM

Editor: Barbara Schulz

Germany – Visitors to Formnext in Frankfurt will be able to see Stratasys demonstrate how its advanced 3D printing technologies are transforming the face of product development and manufacturing.

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The Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printer is the ideal solution for the most demanding manufacturing applications, delivering high performance tooling, jigs & fixtures and final production parts, Stratasys says.
The Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printer is the ideal solution for the most demanding manufacturing applications, delivering high performance tooling, jigs & fixtures and final production parts, Stratasys says.
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Showcasing examples from automotive to aerospace; medical to consumer goods and electronics, visitors will hear how companies are disrupting their traditional manufacturing processes – from prototyping to tooling, through injection molding and final part production – enabling them to become more productive, efficient and profitable. Stratasys will demonstrate how its additive manufacturing solutions are driving efficiencies for manufacturers across an array of factory-floor applications. Visitors will be able to hear how world-leading names such as Airbus, Opel, BMW and Schneider Electric, are utilising 3D printing to transform traditional manufacturing processes such as composite tooling, injection moulding and robust final part production. The company will also highlight how its FDM and Polyjet technologies are streamlining the design cycle and securing substantial efficiencies within concept modeling and advanced prototyping applications. Visitors will discover how Stratasys customers are reducing their time-to-market with realistic prototypes that combine rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials, as well as those who are witnessing staggering time and cost savings through integration of Polyjet technology within the injection molding process. Stratasys will also host an insightful and informative ‘Future Zone’ where visitors will hear about the company’s recently-announced Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators. Introduced to respond to the needs of customers’ most challenging applications, these next generation manufacturing technologies are designed to break barriers in part performance and propel production efficiency for aerospace and automotive manufacturing.

Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator eliminates size constraints Building on Stratasys' success using FDM 3D printing for non-loaded or lightly-loaded aircraft interiors, the new Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator shows what’s possible when size constraints are eliminated and speed and repeatability are increased by an order of magnitude or more. At IMTS, a customised, 3D printed aircraft interior panel has been on display to help customers begin to think about the possibilities available with this next generation technology. Next-gen 3D Demonstrator has the ability to build on an infinite size platform, meaning that its thermoplastic technology could be used for building very large objects, including airplane wings. Possible future applications include the use of multiple robotic arms and, perhaps even more importantly, long fibre composites through continuous, adjustable extrusion size and deposition rates, because the aerospace and automotive industries are looking to do much more than offer customisation without the cost, they need to increase performance while reducing weight. Composite materials have been adopted throughout the aero and auto industries specifically for that purpose, but there is significant untapped potential in unlocking composite manufacturing from its current constraints.

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