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Motley Fool  Dec 16  Comment 
This 3D printer bypasses the razor-and-blade approach that 3D Systems and Stratasys employ and significantly lowers operating costs.
TechCrunch  Dec 11  Comment 
 As we enter the second half of this, the Decade of 3D Printing, we are coming to a crossroads. On one hand the Rebel open source RepRap crowd are clamoring to keep 3D printing free, man, while the Imperial forces of 3D Systems and Stratasys –...
Benzinga  Dec 10  Comment 
Longbow initiated coverage on 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE: DDD) Wednesday with an Underperform rating and $25 price target. Analyst Joe Wittine’s price target is the lowest of all analysts tracked by Bloomberg and the stock is currently...
Motley Fool  Dec 7  Comment 
This quick primer will get you up to speed on the current 3D printing investment environment.
Motley Fool  Nov 22  Comment 
Discussing the latest 3D printing developments with Terry Wohlers, President of Wohlers Associates.
TechCrunch  Nov 21  Comment 
 3D printer company Makerbot experienced almost exponential growth. After a few years in a cramped Brooklyn warehouse, the team grew from 20 to 600 in a few short years and the company was bought by Stratasys, a major player in the professional...
Motley Fool  Nov 19  Comment 
When we directly compare key metrics from their third-quarter earnings reports, which company emerges victorious: 3D Systems or Stratasys?
TheStreet.com  Nov 17  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) –– Arts and crafts honcho Martha Stewart is taking her passion for the "do-it-yourself" craze to the next dimension -- the third dimension. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced it has teamed up with 3-D printing...
Motley Fool  Nov 12  Comment 
Regardless of the 3D printing company's results, investors expect continued growth in the industry to keep improving ExOne's long-term fortune.




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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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