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Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Partners with Somos to Develop New Stereolithography Materials

by • April 5, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_stratasys_somos_sdm_logoDespite a expanding interest in 3D printing and 3D printing innovation, many businesses are yet wary of donateing 3D printing devices into their workflow. Whilst the costs in innovation and materials are dropping, frequently companies yet need to maintain a man on staff who can maintain and manage the 3D printing device. In-office 3D printing devices in addition tend to come with costly service contracts, tech assist and the cost of disposing or recycling waste material. So in order to avoid these drawbacks and costs, many additional compact companies, especially those which don’t need regular use of a 3D printing device, are turning to the expanding market of online 3D printing services.

Somos WaterClear Ultra 10122.

Somos WaterClear Ultra 10122.

When the world’s biggest 3D printing company Stratasys combined Solid Concepts, Harvest Technologies and RedEye into a single company, they created one of the biggest additive making service providers in the market. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing combined 25 years of experience to contribute their customers a full rage of additive and subtractive making options, which include CNC machining and Stereolithography (SL) services. In order to provide them access to the market’s many extensive selection of high end SL materials Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has created a partnership with additive making materials manufacturer Somos. This is the 2nd collaborative move revealed this week for Somos.

“Together with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing we can accelerate Stereolithography material createment like never preceding. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s customers have may already utilized Somos materials in a few amazing and potentially life-saving applications, like customized and intricate heart models which improve the safety and efficacy of surgical procedures, so we are ready to see what amazing SL parts users create next,” said Somos Business Director Melissa Lutz.

Somos WaterShed XC 11122.

Somos WaterShed XC 11122.

The Somos partnership can double Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s SL production ability, enabling them to conclude and donate large-scale projects additional rapidly. They can in addition be collaborating closely with the Somos createment team to beta test new high end materials preceding they hit the market. The partnership agreement allows for Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to contribute the industry’s many extensive contributeing of Somos materials and empowers them to donate their customers access to a just about limitless number of rapid prototyping applications.

“We created this move to meet customers’ sturdy demand for Somos materials which the rapid prototyping services industry wasn’t fulfilling. We’re excited to create on Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s legacy of Stereolithography excellence by giving customers materials which have the power to enable additional life-changing innovations,” said the Director of Product Management for Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Chuck Alexander.

Somos ProtoGen 18420.

Somos ProtoGen 18420.

In addition to helping them create and test brand new materials, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is now contributeing four high end Somos SL material options. Somos NeXt is a highly detailed SL material which contributes the appear, feel and performance of a standard thermoplastic which is perfect for larger prototypes. Somos ProtoGen 18420 is high temperature stable, highly accurate and humidity resistant material. The colorless Somos WaterClear Ultra 10122 is an high end material which is well-suited for transparent applications like lenses or electronic covers. And the Somos WaterShed XC 11122 material is capable of making highly detailed, water-resistant parts which have a smooth surface with excellent clarity.

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing contributes their services all over the world of their seven making facilities throughout the United States. The new line of Somos SL materials are now on the market to their customers, and companies interested in their services can learn additional on the Stratasys Direct Manufacturing website. Discuss additional in the Stratasys & Somos forum over at 3DPB.com.