Stratasys Spotlight

Next-gen 3D Demonstrators Break Barriers in Part Performance and Production Efficiency

The future of 3D printing isn’t about making the same parts in another way. It’s about making parts that couldn’t be made before, or parts that couldn’t be made cost-effectively before. And this is why Stratasys put much effort into researching new 3D printing solutions for long-term manufacturing strategies. Read more about two 3D printing concept demonstrators – the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators.

Issue No.9, 25 Oct 2016

Next-gen Industrial FDM 3D Printing Leads Manufacturing Forward

3D Demonstrators Designed for Bigger, Lighter Auto and Aerospace Parts

With almost 30 years’ history in the market, 3D printing has always been put into comparison with traditional manufacturing methods in making parts in less time and cost. However, the continuous advancement technology is bringing us the future of much more possibility in addition to making the same parts faster and cheaper.
3D printing is becoming an integrated part of long-term manufacturing strategy and the transformation to Industry 4.0 as engineering giants such as Boeing, Ford and Siemens explore possibilities to build large low-volume light-weight parts or composite parts, through the latest Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator (IB-3D) and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator (RC-3D).
Though still at their proof of concept phase, the two 3D Demonstrators revolutionize industrial 3D printing standards and hope to provide answers to individual manufacturers’ unique needs in flexibility and in production, part size and material.
Read our blog to learn more about how the two 3D Demonstrators break traditional manufacturing barriers.

Multi-National Schneider Electric Plans “Factory of the Future” with 3D Printing

Accelerating Time to Market with 3D Printed Injection Molds and Assembly Tools

With efficiency enhancement central to the company’s value proposition, the French multi-national energy conglomerate Schneider Electric SE was keen to explore ways to streamline certain manufacturing processes to achieve both short- and long-term efficiency goals. They have eventually found ways to slash cost and minimize time – and one is through 3D printing injection mold inserts and assembly tools.
Schneider Electric realized as much as 90% reduction in cost and over 80% compression of time after integrating PolyJet 3D printing technology into its product development cycle to replace aluminium molds with Digital ABS molds in the prototyping stage.
“This year, Schneider will launch around 400 new solutions, which is more than one a day,” says Sylvain Gire, Vice-President, GSC Transformation-Industrialization at Schneider Electric. “Therefore, it is critical that we adopt technologies that help us reduce time-to-market.”
The blue chip company also commented that they planned to 3D print final tools in the future, which is a key strategy in its Factory of the Future program.
Learn more about how Schneider Electric has transformed its manufacturing efficiencies with Stratasys 3D printing and is looking to build its Factory of the Future.

Assessing the Potential of 3D Printing in Low-Cost Tooling for Automotive Industry

3D Printed Tooling Highlights Opportunities for the Automotive Industry

As the capabilities of 3D printing evolve and expand, so will its adoption within the automotive industry. This white paper explores the possibilities and offers evidence of notable opportunity in 3D printed tooling.
Read the white paper to learn:

  • How the auto industry has applied this technology
  • Where its possibilities lie
  • Which tooling application offers significant potential
  • How the cost savings add up


Extreme Redesign 2017: Remake Your World with GrabCAD Platform

Submit Design for the Stratasys 13th Annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge before March 9, 2017!

Redesign an existing product to improve how a task is accomplished, or design something entirely new that addresses an unmet need.
Since the inception of the contest, Stratasys has awarded more than $140,000 in scholarships during a 13-year period. Each year, we call on tomorrow’s engineers, artists and architects to design a better future in this challenge.
This year, participants can find all the details and submit entry at Over the years, GrabCAD has hosted 100s of engineering and design challenges with companies such as GE, NASA, and Microtechnologies, as well as Stratasys Education, Stratasys Medical and MakerBot.
See the complete contest rules, and enter your design in one of these three categories:

  • Engineering: Secondary Education (middle/high school)
  • Engineering: Post-Secondary (university, college, or post-secondary)
  • Art, Jewelry & Architecture (any grade level)
Visit the Extreme Redesign Page on the Stratasys Website or go directly to GrabCAD to learn more and submit a design.


Customer Story: Victoria University of Wellington Transforms Applied Learning with 3D Printing

In New Zealand, the word “tutū” means to fidget or fiddle with something allowing you to learn with your hands. For the program director of the Victoria University of Wellington’s Industrial Design Department – Ross Stevens – who has been using Stratasys 3D printers since 2004, applied learning is downright transformational. 3D printing not only supports tutū, it reduces the time associated with production so Stevens can help more students and departments.
The university also works closely with Weta Workshop, a New Zealand firm that develops special effects and props for movies like “Lord of the Rings” and “Avatar.” As a research project, students recently designed 3D printed aquatic creatures for use as dynamic and interactive film props. The project titled Lissom presented a more physical and realistic alternative to using computer-generated imagery in film.
Read the VUW’s full story to find out how tutors and students at the university leverage 3D printing to create intricate models.


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