NEW FDM 3D PRINTER ENHANCEMENTS MAKE STRATASYS SOLUTIONS STRONGER, SIMPLER AND FASTER FOR DEMANDING INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS

  • New material ST-130 and Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit available to enhance the production of hollow composite parts and large models
  • ULTEM 9085 Aerospace grade filament with precise traceability enables manufacturers to produce parts in compliance with strict aerospace requirements
  • Tough PC-ABS material now on Fortus 380mc and Fortus 450mc 3D Printing Systems

Hong Kong, May 26, 2016 — Stratasys Asia Pacific, subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today introduced four new enhancements to Stratasys Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM®)-based 3D printers, fully optimizing select models for creating functional product prototypes, production tools and end-use parts for the most demanding manufacturing applications.

Easier to Manufacture Complex Hollow Composite Parts with New Sacrificial Tooling Solution

3D printed sacrificial tooling, or 3D printed molds and mandrels enables manufacturers to rapidly and cost-effectively create complex composite parts with geometries that would normally trap the tool. To further improve the process, Stratasys is introducing an innovative sacrificial tooling solution, featuring the new ST-130 material along with alternative fill patterns designed for faster dissolution, rapid build speed, and greatly improved tool quality and autoclave performance.

The new sacrificial tooling solution is available for the Fortus 450mc and 900mc 3D Printers.

“Ideal for automotive, aerospace and sporting goods industries, the new ST-130 material empowers manufacturers of composite parts with an accelerated, more cost-effective option for sacrificial tooling,” said Ryan Sybrant, Director, Manufacturing Marketing and Enablement at Stratasys.

The new material is available for the Stratasys Fortus 450mc and 900mc 3D Printers.

Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit – for Rapid Production of Composite Tooling

Producing the large composite parts and associated tooling, typing used in aerospace, automotive and similar applications, can take several weeks to many months for fabrication. To reduce production time and cost, Stratasys has developed the Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit. The new solution allows very large tools to be produced up to three times faster in ASA and ULTEM™ 1010 materials.

ULTEM 9085 Aerospace: First ULTEM Material with Full Aerospace Traceability

Aerospace engineers and manufacturers need materials that meet air worthiness requirements for flight hardware. To meet these challenging requirements, Stratasys produces ULTEM9085 Aerospace grade filaments to a detailed specification developed in consultation with multiple aerospace customers. While there is no change to the ULTEM 9085 material properties, the Aerospace designation enables full production traceability in compliance with strict aerospace requirements. In addition to the Stratasys Certificate of Compliance, each order of ULTEM 9085 Aerospace grade filament is provided with traceability documentation and a certificate of analysis confirming batch material properties.

Engineers can begin prototyping sooner - avoiding lengthy time-to-market for new aerospace designs and high costs resulting from late development design changes. ULTEM 9085 Aerospace is also optimized for low-volume or custom tooling applications. 

Tough PC-ABS Material Now Available on More Stratasys 3D Printers

With its high durability and smooth matte finish, PC-ABS is a natural choice for challenging applications, such as power-tool prototyping and industrial equipment manufacturing. Owners of the Fortus 380mc and 450mc 3D Printers will now have the ability to leverage PC-ABS, reducing time-to-market and high tooling costs for low-volume and custom production builds. 3D printing in real engineering thermoplastics results in stronger parts, more confident testing and prototypes that mimic the material properties of the final product. 

“We believe that these new enhancements will greatly increase the impact of Stratasys FDM 3D printing solutions, clearly demonstrating a commitment to the ongoing success of our manufacturing customers. Each new feature is designed to address specific manufacturing requirements - including speed, ease-of-use and creation of new industrial applications,” added Sybrant.

Download high resolution images of models produced through sacrificial tooling and the Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit here.

For more information about any of these enhancements, please contact a reseller or visit Stratasys' website

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For more than 25 years, Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) has been a defining force and dominant player in 3D printing and additive manufacturing – shaping the way things are made. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the company empowers customers across a broad range of vertical markets by enabling new paradigms for design and manufacturing. The company’s solutions provide customers with unmatched design freedom and manufacturing flexibility – reducing time-to-market and lowering development costs, while improving designs and communications. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the Stratasys ecosystem includes 3D printers for prototyping and production; a wide range of 3D printing materials; parts on-demand via Stratasys Direct Manufacturing; strategic consulting and professional services; and the Thingiverse and GrabCAD communities with over 2 million 3D printable files for free designs.  With more than 2,700 employees and 800 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents, Stratasys has received more than 30 technology and leadership awards. Visit us online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com/, and follow us on LinkedIn.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release relating to Stratasys’ beliefs regarding the benefits consumers will experience from the ST-130 material, Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit, and ULTEM 9085 Aerospace material, Stratasys’ expectation on the timing of shipping the ST-130 material, Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit, and ULTEM 9085 Aerospace material are forward-looking statements reflecting management's current expectations and beliefs. These forward-looking statements are based on current information that is, by its nature, subject to rapid and even abrupt change. Due to risks and uncertainties associated with Stratasys' business, actual results could differ materially from those projected or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that consumers will not perceive the benefits of the ST-130 material, Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit, and ULTEM 9085 Aerospace material to be the same as Stratasys does; the risk that unforeseen technical difficulties will delay the shipping of the ST-130 material, Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit, and ULTEM 9085 Aerospace material; and other risk factors set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Stratasys' most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 21, 2016. Stratasys is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by the rules and regulations of the SEC.



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