Motley Fool  Jul 19  Comment 
Piper Jaffray issues a doomsday prediction for 3-D printing stocks. But not for all of them...
Forbes  Jul 18  Comment 
Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Stratasys, Ltd. (NASD: SSYS), where a total volume of 4,822 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is...
Benzinga  Jul 18  Comment 
There is likely to have been a significant slowdown in system demand in the June quarter, Piper Jaffray’s Troy D. Jensen said in a report. He downgraded the rating on Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) from Overweight to Neutral, while reducing the...
TechCrunch  Jul 1  Comment 
 Singer Björk has commissioned a set of wild 3D-printed masks for her upcoming shows. These masks, made in conjunction with MIT’s Mediated Matter lab and Stratasys, are called Rottlace and have a strange, hairy quality thanks to advances in 3D...
Motley Fool  Jun 29  Comment 
Which of these 3D printing stocks should you prefer for your portfolio?
Benzinga  Jun 28  Comment 
3D printing and companies used to be all the hype. 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) saw its stock flirt with the $100 per share mark in late 2013 and early 2014 to now trade at a single digit price. Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) saw it...
Motley Fool  Jun 27  Comment 
Continued fallout from the U.K.'s surprising decision to leave the European Union has probably driven the 3D printing maker lower.
Motley Fool  Jun 25  Comment 
From their all-time highs, 3D Systems and Stratasys have lost over 80% of their value. Is it time to buy?
Motley Fool  Jun 4  Comment 
The 2D printing king and the start-up with a lightning-fast tech have recently entered the 3D printing market. Here's how they and their 3D printers stack up on some key measures.
Motley Fool  Jun 3  Comment 
The leading diversified 3D printing company is getting a new CEO just as it's on the cusp of doing battle with compelling new entrants HP Inc. and Carbon.


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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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