White Papers

White Papers

Expert insights on additive manufacturing and 3D printing

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.

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Production Floor Trends

This paper addresses justifying additive manufacturing through jigs & fixtures.

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Implementing Preoperative Surgical Planning Using 3D Printing

Surgical planning programs using 3D printed anatomical models offer clinical and economic benefits. In this white paper you’ll learn how hospitals can implement such programs, including information on required resources and ways to overcome barriers, based on the experience of several prominent vascular research institutions.

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FDM and PolyJet

The Clinical and Economic Promise of 3D Printing for Surgical Planning

Evidence supporting the use of 3D printing in surgical planning continues grow. This white paper by Quorum Consulting, experts in healthcare and pharmacoeconomic research, provides the data behind improved clinical outcomes associated with 3D printing, as well as where it can provide a positive economic impact.

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FDM and PolyJet

3D Printing for Surgical Planning – Identification of Candidate Procedures and Resulting Value

Maximizing the benefits of surgical planning using 3D printed models relies on appropriate application within the broad range of possible medical procedures. Based on the evidence published to-date, this white paper shows how doctors have used this technology and the medical applications that promise the best returns.

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FDM and PolyJet

Assessing the Potential of Additive Manufacturing for Lower-Cost Tools in the Automotive Industry

A study conducted by the Center for Automotive Research examined the application of additive manufacturing in the automotive industry. This white paper focuses on the study’s research to create lower-cost lifting tools and quantifies the financial opportunity.

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Optimized Production for Agile Manufacturing

Making the most out of a 3D production system relies on how it’s used. This e-book highlights six manufacturing applications using FDM Technology and the profit-boosting results for the companies that use it.

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Five Ways 3D Printing Is Transforming the Automotive Industry

Additive manufacturing is making a positive impact on the auto industry in more ways than one. This white paper reveals how it’s helping.

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FDM Lightweight Structures Design Guide

FDM Technology offers several material options with qualities suitable for lightweight structures needed for many aerospace and automotive applications. Strong, lightweight FDM structures can reduce operating costs and optimize material use. This design guide offers details on how to select the right material and build method for a given application.

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Enhancing Clinical Preparedness

Stratasys analyzed 31 peer-reviewed publications on 3D printing in medical education. This detailed white paper examines the impact of the technology on the training experience.

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FDM and PolyJet

Manufacturing the Future

3D printing as a best practice in manufacturing not only improves productivity, it opens the door to more opportunities for success. As the global market continues to expand, manufacturers who embrace 3D printing will continue to lead the way.

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FDM and PolyJet

3D Printing, Now and Beyond

3D printing is set to become an exponential technology, shaping the future as it is applied to more industries around the world every day. It is capable of revolutionizing almost every industry in some way. The question is only how.

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FDM and PolyJet

Advancing Health Care With 3D Printing - Applications and Guidance on Material Selection

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3D printing benefits patients, providers and payers through improved economics and outcomes. It accelerates medical device development, reduces cost and gives physicians better tools to administer care. This white paper illustrates specific medical applications using FDM and PolyJet technologies and offers guidance on material selection for requirements like strength, biocompatibility and sterilization.

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FDM and PolyJet

Manufacturing with ESD PEKK Material

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Certain applications in the space and electronics industries require strong, lightweight materials that incorporate electrostatic dissipative (ESD) qualities. To meet this requirement, Stratasys created ESD PEKK, a new thermoplastic with excellent mechanical, thermal and ESD properties. This white paper offers details on using ESD PEKK and performance comparisons with two other 3D printing thermoplastics.

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Six Steps to Building ROI Into Your Curriculum

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One of the most effective ways to teach students is to give them projects and problems from real life. Here’s how you can offer your students usable career skills by creating partnerships with local businesses.

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FDM

Choosing the Right Material for Injection Molds

A pump manufacturer evaluated four 3D printing materials -- two PolyJet and two SLS -- to determine its ideal material for injection molding.

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PolyJet

3D Printing and Dental Implants

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Digital technology and 3D printing have significantly elevated the rate of dental implantology success through the use of custom surgical guides. Learn how 3D printed surgical guides are created and utilized during surgery, and the benefits they provide to surgeons and patients through versatility and cost and time savings.

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PolyJet

Orthodontics and 3D Printing

The benefits of digital dentistry include decreased labor-intensive and time-costly practices and increased profitability and efficiency.

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PolyJet

Asia Pacific: A Dynamic Region for 3D Printing

Asia Pacific is the key region for potential 3D printing adoption. This growth potential is supported by an extensive industrial base, supportive government policies and funding in research and development in Japan, China and South Korea.

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FDM and PolyJet

Authentic Learning

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The educational shift to include authentic, or hands-on, real-world, learning also includes introducing students to 3D printing technology, design, prototyping and verification. Featuring case studies from STARBASE, Project Lead the Way, Chico High School and more.

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FDM and PolyJet

Seven 3D Printing STEM Projects

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This white paper includes instructions on seven 3D printing projects for STEM students in high school and younger to complete, such as building a catapult and creating a source of hydroelectric power.

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Turning Students Into Inquisitive Creators

Giving students access to 3D printers turns them into thinkers, designers and builders well before they reach the job market. Featuring success stories from several collegiate-level design and manufacturing projects

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PolyJet

Five Best Practices: How Innovative Universities Are Incorporating 3D Printing Into the Classroom

This white paper presents five best practices for universities to successfully incorporate 3D printing into classrooms. Real-life examples come from Savannah College of Art and Design, Coventry University, the New England Institute of Technology and more.

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Sterilization of 3D Printed Medical Devices

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FDM technology can be used to 3D print a range of medical devices. In collaboration with the University of Texas - El Paso, Stratasys tested nine FDM materials using four sterilization methods: autoclave, ethylene oxide, hydrogen peroxide, and gamma radiation. In this white paper, you’ll learn which method was found to be most effective.

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Antimicrobial Coating for FDM Medical Devices

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Demand for surgically viable 3D printed medical devices is growing. In this white paper, you’ll learn how a commercially available, water-based, antimicrobial coating can reduce or eliminate bacteria on 3D printed devices without the need for autoclaving.

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Four Ways 3D Printing is Shaping Product Design and Manufacturing

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Desktop 3D printers — including uPrint and Mojo — offer outsized 3D printing capabilities and ROI while retaining office-friendly size.

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PolyJet Materials: A Range of Possibilities

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PolyJet technology delivers over 1,000 material properties that range from rigid to flexible, opaque to transparent, neutral to vibrantly colored and standard to biocompatible. Learn how the technology works and how it can be used to meet diverse design, engineering and manufacturing requirements.

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PolyJet

Perfecting Dental Treatments Via 3D Printed Models & Removable Dies

Clinical and laboratory workflows have progressed from the analog manipulation of materials to a systematic, digitally verifiable process. In this white paper, you'll learn an easy method of utilizing consistent and reproducible 3D printed verification protocols to ensure success of a restorative treatment plan.

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PolyJet

Seamless Integration of the ExoCAD Model Creator with the Stratasys Eden260V 3D Printing System

The exocad Model Creator add-on module allows a physical model to be printed directly from an intra-oral or impression scan with different pinning modalities. In this white paper, you'll learn about the seamless integration of Model Creator with the Objet Eden260V 3D Printer from Stratasys.

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PolyJet

In-House or Outsource?

The benefits of 3D printing and rapid prototyping are numerous and well recognized. Whether it’s design validation, functional testing or faster launch of new products, executives seldom need to be convinced of the benefits. Still, many businesses continue to outsource 3D printing because they believe ownership is cost prohibitive. In this White Paper you will learn six business advantages of owning an in-house 3D printer.

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FDM and PolyJet

Connex3: The New Versatility Standard In 3D Printing

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Connex3 technology offers a vast — even daunting — array of capabilities. This white paper will help you maximize its prototyping power in your shop and build colorful, multi-material models.

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PolyJet

FDM and PolyJet 3D Printing: Determining which technology is right for your application

Understanding the differences between FDM and PolyJet is the baseline for selecting the right technology for your application, demands and constraints.

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FDM and PolyJet

Precision Prototyping: The Role of 3D Printed Molds in the Injection Molding Industry

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PolyJet technology gives companies the ability to build injection molds in-house, quickly and easily.

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PolyJet

Additive Manufacturing Trends in Aerospace: Leading the Way

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Aerospace is a leader in incorporating additive manufacturing into every process, from concepting to near-end-of-life repairs, and its research can benefit a wide spectrum of industries.

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New Mindset in Product Design

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3D printing can accelerate the design process, improve designs and cut costs. Read Stratasys' white paper on 3D printing.

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Motor Trends

Additive manufacturing (AM) has been crucial in the motor sports world for years. Stratasys details its impact on the race industry.

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3D Printing with FDM

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This guide will walk you step by step through the FDM process and its applications.

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Constant Improvement: The state of additive manufacturing for aerospace

An aerospace expert discusses the state of additive manufacturing  and how FDM technology has advanced the aerospace industry.

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3D Printing Jigs, Fixtures and Other Manufacturing Tools

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Learn how by substituting additive manufacturing for your current methods of making jigs and fixtures, you can reduce cost and accelerate delivery.

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How to Justify the Cost of a Rapid Prototyping System

To designers, engineers and product managers, rapid prototyping systems are invaluable. Stratasys discusses how to justify costs to decision makers in your company.

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Measure Twice, Cut Once

In harsh economic times it's essential to maximize prototyping capabilities as efficient as possible. Stratasys discusses how to cut costs without cutting corners.

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The Truth about Speed

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This paper explains how speed is a fundamental advantage of 3D printing (or additive manufacturing), which is critical in the race to bring new products to market.

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Top Five Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing Into Your Product Development Lifecycle

This paper goes through the top five reasons to integrate 3D Printing into your product development lifecycle.

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PolyJet

How to Design Your Part for Direct Digital Manufacturing

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Stratasys system engineer Jim Comb walks through the process of designing your parts for direct digital manufacturing.

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Direct Digital Manufacturing Part One: What is Direct Digital Manufacturing

What is DDM? Stratasys founder Scott Crump details DDM concepts and benefits. Read more on Stratasys.com.

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Direct Digital Manufacturing Part Two: Advantages and Considerations

In Part Two of our Direct Digital Manufacturing series Scott Crump details the advantages and considerations of DDM technology.

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Direct Digital Manufacturing Part Three: How to Identify Opportunities

In Part Three of our Direct Digital Manufacturing series, Stratasys Co-founder Scott Crump delves into the opportunities of DDM. See how your business can take advantage of this evolving technology.

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Direct Digital Manufacturing Part Four: Industries and Applications

Part 4 and the last of our Direct Digital Manufacturing series moves into the applications and industries of DDM. Read more on Stratasys.com.

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Rapid Manufacturing with FDM in Jig and Fixture Construction

Günter Schmid and Ulrich Eidenschink of BMW discuss the reasons for the use of FDM testing and production jigs and fixtures.

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Is Now the Time to Try Direct Digital Manufacturing?

This paper goes through the benefits of Direct Digital Manufacturing.

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Fortus 360mc-400mc Accuracy Study

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To quantify the capabilities of the Fortus 400mc and Fortus 360mc, Stratasys performed an in-depth analysis of accuracy, precision and repeatability. 

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Fortus 900mc Accuracy Study

Applications beyond concept modeling and general prototyping have stringent demands for qualifying a process' capabilities. Stratasys puts the Fortus 900mc to the test.

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Thermoplastics: The Strongest Choice for 3D Printing

Since inception the FDM material family has expanded to include 11 options, including three engineered thermoplastics. Giving numerous characteristics to cover a wide array of applications.

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Stratasys Soluble Cores Functional Testing

Stratasys submitted soluble polymer structures to the CAPE Laboratory of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for testing to determine their feasibility for use as sacrificial mandrels in composite forming. The samples were subjected to conditions similar to those experienced during the composite molding process. This white paper details the testing process, conditions and findings.

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The Accuracy Myth

As additive manufacturing is called on to produce parts that do more than look good, there’s a growing emphasis on dimensional accuracy and repeatability over resolution.

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