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3D printing is helping experts across industries push the limits of innovation. As pioneers in fields like aerospace, automotive, education, medical devices and manufacturing find new, repeatable ways to solve problems using 3D printing, we share the details and documentation here.

3D Printers vs 3D Production Systems

When planning to purchase an additive manufacturing system, buyers will find capabilities and a price range wider than products from most any industry. Systems can range from several-hundred dollars for a hobbyist unit, to nearly $1 million for some high-performance systems. This paper helps clarify the differences found between the two product classes, helping you decide which platform is right for you.


FDM and Polyjet 3D Printing

Fused deposition modeling (FDM®) and PolyJet® are two of the most advanced and effective additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing technologies available. They span the range from budget-friendly, desktop modeling devices to large-format, factory-floor equipment that draw from the capital expenditure budget, and can produce a range of output from precise, finely detailed models to durable production goods. While there is crossover in applications and advantages, these two technology platforms remain distinct and bring different benefits.


A Shift to More Authentic Learning

Authentic learning has multiple labels: project-based, problem- based, inquiry learning. But at its heart, a student is given a genuine problem to solve that requires mimicking the work of professionals. In classrooms across North America, Stratasys 3D printing continues to deliver real-world design and production challenges to students in the classroom.


Five Best Practices: How Innovative Universitites are Incorporating 3D Printing into the Classroom

3D printing has recently seen a surge in popularity in universities and colleges across the country. Educators are rushing to implement 3D printing into their curriculum and classrooms. Implementing 3D printing technology is just the first step, however. This report offers advice for helping faculty integrate 3D printing into their courses to improve student learning.


Measure Twice, Cut Once

In these uncertain economic times, I remind myself to “measure twice; cut once,” a lesson my father taught me as a boy. It’s advice that is obvious and wise but so easy to ignore, especially when resources are tight.


Direct Digital Manufacturing: Practicing What We Preach

14 unique component designs and 32 total components in each new Stratasys Fortus 900mc are being produced via direct digital manufacturing. Many manufacturers build products in the 10s, 100s, or low 1,000s. In these cases, producing parts with injection moulding is often not a wise choice due to the high cost of tooling. With an additive fabrication system, manufacturers can eliminate tooling, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars for a single component or hundreds of thousands of dollars or more for a single project.


Direct Digital Manufacturing Part One: What is Direct Digital Manufacturing

The use of additive fabrication processes is what differentiates direct digital manufacturing (DDM) from conventional manufacturing methods, and it is from these technologies that unique advantages and opportunities arise. Direct from 3D digital data, a component is manufactured—layer-by-layer—without machining, molding or casting.


Direct Digital Manufacturing Part Two: Advantages and Considerations

The primary advantage of DDM is that it removes constraints imposed by traditional manufacturing processes, such as injection moulding or die casting. DDM fundamentally alters many of the “facts” and principles that govern conventional manufacturing enterprises. Since DDM is an additive process that eliminates tooling, there are many advantages that simply are not available with traditional processes. Read what those advantages and considerations are.


Direct Digital Manufacturing Part Three: How to Identify Opportunities

Due to direct digital manufacturing's unique processing capabilities and innovative advantages, it can be a challenge to easily identify target applications for DDM. Therefore, it is vital to understand how to recognize the opportunities. Read what some of those opportunities are.


Direct Digital Manufacturing Part Four: Industries and Applications

Direct digital manufacturing (DDM) is being applied in a diverse range of industries. Examples of DDM success are found in aerospace, automotive, consumer products, electronics and defense. Each of these industries, and many others, has applied DDM, and each will continue to see an increase in the number of DDM applications. Read how customers are using DDM today.


In-House or Outsource? Six Business Advantages to Owning an In-House 3D Printer

What many companies don’t realize is that 3D printing has advanced dramatically; the availability of a new breed of high-quality 3D printers at affordable prices now discredits the argument that they are too costly. What’s more, the lower upfront costs of 3D printers represents just the tip of the tangible benefits: Even with relatively few modeling builds, having in-house 3D printing capabilities provides a range of operational and business benefits that provide real bottom-line advantages.