Stratasys Demonstrates Innovative Multi-Cell Additive Manufacturing Platform Designed for Continuous Production
- New additive manufacturing approach designed for low volume production and mass customization
- Scalable cloud-based architecture created to achieve new economies of scale with easy addition of 3D print cells to meet production demand
- Reliable and smart multi-cell platform enables continuous, automated 3D printing with only minor operator intervention
- Watch a video of the new Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator in action
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Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator can be easily expanded to grow according to production requirements (Graphic: Business Wire)
The new platform is composed of a modular unit with multiple 3D print cells working simultaneously and driven by a central, cloud-based architecture. To set new standards in additive manufacturing throughput, the Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator is designed to produce parts in a continuous stream with only minor operator intervention, automatically ejecting completed parts and commencing new ones.
Each 3D print cell can produce a different job to help enable mass customization projects. Additional cells can be added at any time to the scalable platform to increase production capacity as demand requires. Automatic queue management, load balancing and architecture redundancy further lead to accelerated throughput as jobs are automatically routed to available print cells. If a single print cell fails, the job will be automatically rerouted to the next available cell.
Target applications include education RP labs and environments that can benefit from zero tooling production and from a zero inventory supply chain.
"The Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator is an important
milestone in the company's long term vision to make additive
manufacturing a viable solution for volume production environments,"
A variety of
"This is the future!" said SCAD president and founder
In'Tech Industries, Inc., a premiere supplier of rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing, engineering services, tooling services and injection molding, wanted to expand its 3D printing offerings to create a bridge-to-production solution for their OEM customers. The automated workflow of the Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator enabled In'Tech to offer same-day or next-day delivery of quantities of identical or mixed parts that would eventually be injection molded, helping the company dramatically improve customer service without adding additional staff.
FATHOM, an advanced manufacturer with an expertise in additive technologies, is leveraging the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator to push the limits of additive manufacturing. Many of its customers have adopted digital fabrication beyond prototyping as a means of production and are using proven additive technologies like FDM for high-value, end-use applications. Having a six-cell configuration in-house at FATHOM increases throughput significantly and enables a greater volume of FDM parts within a shorter lead-time. With the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator, there is an opportunity to use FDM more effectively for not just a hundred just-in-time parts, but for 1,000+ parts on-demand.
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The statements in this press release relating to Stratasys' beliefs
regarding the benefits customers will receive from the Continuous Build
3D Demonstrator product are forward-looking statements reflecting
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statements are based on current information that is, by its nature,
subject to rapid and even abrupt change. Due to risks and uncertainties
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