The transformation that Stratasys has made in the world of manufacturing and design with 3D printing is substantial–and constantly fluid as both the revolutionary company and its users surprise us with one outstanding and amazing innovation after another.
These days when you see a complex, massive 3D print like so many we’ve reported on, from 3D printed balloon cars to massive artistic 3D printed displays of the ocean, it’s usually a good bet that the creators of the work have worked with Stratasys, which, while famous for offering industrial 3D printers and transforming processes in sectors like the dental world, has also retained close ties with other communities made up of many versatile industrial artists and designers.
Now, Stratasys and PTC have joined with one simple, but broad, goal in mind: to use PTC’s Creo software to make 3D printing easier and more accessible, and to allow users to get full benefit and excellent performance from the wide range of options the technology offers, especially regarding the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, which makes a wide range of color and material options available for 3D printing.
With all of this in mind, and the power that the Stratasys 3D printers offer, the last thing anyone wants is a discombobulated design experience requiring an unwieldy collection of tools and files. To bypass that issue, Stratasys and PTC are working together to offer many different options to their users, to include:
- Geometric freedom
- Part functionality
- Economic low volume
- On-demand manufacturing
- Production of customized products
“In sharing a common vision of the future of additive manufacturing, Stratasys and PTC have forged a close relationship that begins to benefit our common customers today,” said Mike Campbell, executive vice president, CAD, PTC. “I’m excited about the impact I believe our collaboration will have on new designs across all industries as additive manufacturing continues to grow in production usage, and as our integration and respective products’ capabilities continuously improve.”
- Informed design specification
- File preparation
- Print optimization
- Print execution for Stratasys 3D Printing Solutions from within the PTC Creo environment
“Lowering the barriers involved in designing for 3D printing and unlocking the vast potential of additive manufacturing are primary goals of Stratasys’ strategic vision,” said Dan Yalon, executive vice president, business development, marketing & vertical solutions, Stratasys. “By cooperating together, PTC and Stratasys intend to bring significant value to our customers–making additive manufacturing more accessible while providing practical, easy-to-use tools for designing and manufacturing using 3D printing.”
While the use of Creo should make the comprehensive 3D printing process better for all users, their long-term goal is also to bring in new customers as well, from the long list of industries currently dipping their toes into the 3D printing world–from automotive to aerospace, and from engineers to artists. With so many modern options and settings available for producing superior 3D models with high resolution and functionality, adding Creo to the mix is the cherry on top–and they will be integrating the software with other Stratasys products in the near future.
Have you found that you could use some more streamlining in your 3D printing process? Are you interested in finding out more about PTC’s Creo? Discuss in the Stratasys & PTC Collaborate forum thread over at 3DPB.com.