Stratasys: Converting Ideas into Design Automatic Integration

Additive manufacturing allows businesses to quickly and cost-effectively develop functional prototypes for product testing or even run a limited production line without having to worry about line limits and minimums while also allowing quick modifications when necessary. The growing adoption of additive manufacturing technologies in automotive and aerospace industries is primarily driven by the demands for the production of complex, lightweight, and small components.

Stratasys founded in 1989 in Minnesota, is a global leader in additive manufacturing, providing a complete solution to the customer for more than 30 years and has solutions that address every aspect of the product development process. The company's technologies are used for a variety of applications, the first and the foremost application of 3d printing or rapid prototyping is in the area of coming up with the quick design, rapid prototypes of some initial design models.

That is the area where the industry looks at where the ideas quickly convert into the design that can be tested for form, fit, and function. As the technology becomes advanced and the material properties become better, a lot of advanced materials are available in 3d printing technology. The applications move towards the shop floor where people are using the technology for making jigs, fixtures, quality checking tools and it is something which is becoming more and more popular. The adoption rate has been very high globally as well as in India.

"Ashok Leyland has been a very active user of our technology for a long time. They recently had designed a blower cover to meet the CVMR regulations on time. They went on record to say that Stratasys technology has helped them to save 14,138 man-days and 74 lakhs of manufacturing costs in the two years usage of our technologyā€¯ signifies Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Stratasys India and SEA.

Complete Product Development Process
Moreover, from the broader spectrum of the industry, the company addresses the customers in automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer
goods, health care, medical devices, as well as the education sector. The 3d printers and also the materials that run on the printer are made by the company. The 3d printers come in various sizes and multiple technologies that vary from one application to the other. On the engineering side, the products are mostly for applications for large prototypes, applications, objects, pictures for tooling, and end-use parts. Also, the company has technologies that are being used actively in the healthcare domain where complex surgeries can be planned by taking a replica of the patient's anatomy and the surgeons practicing or looking at the anomalies in the abdomen trying to solve it before the surgery. The surgeries are far more successful and take much lesser time.

Stratasys spends about 95 million US dollars every year on R&D expenses, which means the organization is investing a lot of money in ensuring that the customers get the latest technologies

Stratasys spends about 95 million US dollars every year on R&D expenses, which means the organization is investing a lot of money in ensuring that the customers get the latest technologies to use and can derive benefits from the additive manufacturing process. The organization aspires to become the leader in polymer additive manufacturing and desires to offer comprehensive best impact technologies to give a complete digital additive value chain that is designed for automatic integration. "We are fully aligned with our corporate vision of being the leader in polymer additive manufacturing and give our customers solutions that add complete product development process and the shift to manufacturing" concludes Rajiv.