Stratasys : Strong Apart, Stronger Together: Materialise and Stratasys Team up to Provide Magics RP Solutions for FDM(TM) Users
06/14/2007| 07:07pm US/Eastern
Stakeholders invested in fused deposition modeling (FDM?)
technology for prototyping and direct digital manufacturing are about to
gain a significant advantage over their competition. That's
because Materialise, which sets the industry standard for development of
RP&M software, and Stratasys (Nasdaq:SSYS), the global leader in
prototyping and direct digital manufacturing systems, today finalized a
worldwide distribution agreement whereby Stratasys will offer Materialise'
Magics RP software with its FDM? systems. The
formal joint announcement was issued by Stratasys CEO Scott Crump and
Wilfried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise.
?We're proud to team
up again with Stratasys, a company renowned worldwide as a technical
innovator,? said Vancraen, noting that this is
the second partnership agreement the two companies have signed this
year. The first, which was announced in February, centered on the
development of a specialized version of Magics for Dimension. Dimension
is a Stratasys business unit that manufactures 3D printers.
Both Materialise and Stratasys consider their collaboration on Magics
for FDM? a further indicator of how strongly
they're aligned. ?Magics'
integrated tools will play a key role in Stratasys'
goal of providing a total solution for users of their FDM?
systems,? Vancraen said. ?Users
can expect to see exceptional part quality, high throughput and
increased ability to build large parts.?
Magics RP is a full range of user-friendly software products that
streamline, automate and provide more power to every step in the RP&M
process: cutting parts to fit on the build platform; hollowing models to
save material and build time; Z compensation; labeling; and
three-dimensional geometry nesting to minimize build height and time. A
major element of Magics' success within the
RP&M industry has been its capability both for importing a wide range of
CAD files and for exporting files ready for rapid prototyping, tooling
and manufacturing. It also allows the user to repair and optimize 3D
models, analyze parts and perform process-related design changes on STL
?This agreement demonstrates our commitment
to delivering cutting-edge prototyping and manufacturing solutions to
our customers,? said Scott Crump. ?And
expanding our products and services with Magics RP will help them
substantially improve their bottom line and enhance their competitive
position.? He added that the companies are in
the exploration stage of negotiating distribution agreements for
additional Materialise products. Chief among these are 3-matic, a
forward-engineering application, and Mimics, which translates CT or MRI
data into complete 3D models. Separate agreements would define the terms
of those partnerships.
Headquartered in Belgium, Materialise entered the RP field in 1990 as a
provider of software solutions and services for rapid prototyping. It
now consists of branch offices all over the world, and has experienced
exponential growth in its customer base and range of products. Its
software division develops advanced, innovative solutions for RP,
tooling and rapid manufacturing. Its client list consists of leading
firms in the automotive, aerospace and consumer electronics industries.
For more information, visit their website at www.materialise.com.
For more information on their new partner, Stratasys, visit www.stratasys.com
Colleen Wivell, 734-662-5057
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