Motley Fool  May 26  Comment 
Between the infrastructure, expertise, and resources that HP has at its disposal, it's clear the tech giant shouldn't be taken lightly by 3D Systems, Stratasys, and other 3D printing stock investors.
Benzinga  May 26  Comment 
Seattle-based start-up Glowforge is making headlines after raising $9 million in a Series A funding. While it is very common and often un-newsworthy for start-ups to raise funds, the individuals behind the financing coupled with the company's...
Motley Fool  May 22  Comment 
In the realm of 3D printing stocks, Stratasys' razor-and-blade business model is performing better than 3D Systems'.
Motley Fool  May 21  Comment 
The leading 3D printing company's share price got a nice boost from a Wall Street firm's favorable comments today.
Benzinga  May 21  Comment 
Analysts at Oppenheimer upgraded Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) from Market Perform to Outperform. The price target for Stratasys is set to $50. Stratasys shares have dropped 63.02 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has...
Benzinga  May 21  Comment 
Motley Fool  May 19  Comment 
Here are some bright spots in Stratasys' subpar Q1 earnings results.
Benzinga  May 19  Comment 
The 3D printing concern Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS)'s consumer and desktop, unit which recently fired 20 percent of its staff, will refocus its business on professional and education markets, according to its chief executive. The market...
Motley Fool  May 18  Comment 
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Motley Fool  May 15  Comment 
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Motley Fool  May 14  Comment 
An interview with MakerBot CEO, Jonathan Jaglom.


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Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Stratasys, Inc. (SSYS) is a leading manufacturer of in-office rapid prototyping (RP) and manufacturing systems for automotive, aerospace, defense, industrial, electronic, medical, education, and consumer product OEMs. With the use of patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM ) and PolyJet rapid prototyping processes, engineers and designers use the RP system to create precise physical models, tooling, and precise three-dimensional (3D) prototypes out of plastic and materials using a workstation-based computer-aided design (CAD). The same prototypes are used in testing form, fit, and function throughout the design and development process. Essentially, Stratasys' systems allow design engineers to model highly complex geometries in a wide range of high-performance engineering materials with in-office RP systems that require no chemical post processing, special venting, or facility modification.

To get a better grasp of how the technology works, it is important to understand the process involved in developing the 3D model. First, a 3D geometric model is created on a CAD workstation. This model is imported into a proprietary software program that is downloaded into the RP system. A spool of modeling material feeds into a moving FDM extruding head, which heats the material into a semi-liquid state. This material is then deposited one layer at a time on a temperature-controlled modeling chamber. As the material is injected on the work base the material solidifies, creating a strong laminated model.

In addition to prototyping machines and materials, SSYS offers two software products (Catalyst and InSight) that convert 3D CAD databases into data formats for use in the company's prototyping machines. Catalyst is an entry-level software product that enables users to build prototype parts with one push of the button. InSight increases build speed and allows designers to engage in individual editing. According to the Wohlers Report 2007, Stratasys supplied 41% of all systems installed globally in 2006, making it the unit market leader, for the fifth consecutive year. The company holds over 180 granted or pending RP patents worldwide.


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