Applications for Manufacturing Processes

Parts On Demand

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3D printing improves production efficiency

Unearth unique solutions at each stage of the product development and manufacturing life cycle with support from Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s engineering experts.

Assess market interest, discover how your part will function and bring your product to life while improving production efficiency and lowering costs for your bottom line.

Common 3D Printing Applications

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Rapid prototyping with 3D printing takes the guesswork out of new product design. A precise and quickly produced prototype communicates in a way that a CAD drawing never can.

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Build durable, low-volume production parts with an array of engineering-grade thermoplastics. Our manufacturing solutions help you get your product into the hands of customers more efficiently.

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You rely on jigs, fixtures, templates and gauges to maintain high quality production and efficiency. Put more complex and custom manufacturing aids on your production floor with 3D printing.

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Common Prototyping Applications

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Functional Prototyping

Functional prototyping allows you to verify designs, test part functionality, and demonstrate an idea well before moving into production when time and cost for changes becomes prohibitive.

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Concept Modeling

There is no better way to evaluate the merits of a new design than to bring it to life as a physical concept model. Low cost and quick to produce, precise concept models look and feel like the final product—ideal for presenting new items to key stakeholders early in the design process.

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Common Production Part Applications

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Anatomical Models

Serving a variety of tasks in the medical industry, including practice dummies, educational aids and preoperative planning, anatomical models are an integral element in efficient treatment and health care practices. Our 3D printing and Urethane Casting services open new possibilities for complex, anatomically-accurate models at less cost than traditional manufacturing methods.

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ECS Ducting

Additive manufacturing offers powerful solutions for ECS ducts with design freedoms that lend to optimized, consolidated components. Create strong ECS ducting unrestrained by traditional manufacturing limitations, all while taking advantage of light-weighting possibilities.

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Housings & Enclosures

Produce large, custom housings with seamless fits and integration of enclosure connections. Produce void-free, strong, water-tight or highly cosmetic parts with the right technologies and materials to deliver custom housings and enclosures to your specifications. 

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Common Manufacturing Tooling Applications

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Jigs & Fixtures

These often overlooked, but critical components for quality production often require several cycles of design and prototyping to attain the required performance. 3D printing provides a substantially simplified and cost effective fabrication process for productivity, efficiency and quality.

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Composite Tooling

Utilize 3D printing to create lightweight, agile, low-cost composite tools in days. Incorporate greater functionality and geometry complexity for light-weight layup tools, machining fixtures, trim tools and drill jigs.

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Forming Tools

Reduce lead times to forming tools with additive manufacturing. Build tools in days with built-in porosity and increased tool complexity to reduce thermal mass and control thermal gradients. 3D printing’s innate design freedom allows engineers to design for the end product and make design changes quickly.

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Investment Casting Patterns

Increase foundry business by making investment casting patterns more viable for your customers. 3D printed investment casting patterns significantly reduce lead times and eliminate high tooling costs. With excellent pattern accuracy and repeatability at less expense than conventional methods, the patterns translate to higher yields during casting.

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