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Just when you thought…. …you have seen it all, innovations are introduced to the market that entirely revolutionise design and production processes alike. 3D printers are one of these. TEXT: SILKE HENKELE

Founded in 1994, it did not take Stratasys’ founder Scott Crump long to become one of the leaders in the field of 3D printing and additive construction. Today, Stratasys is a company that comprises many different enterprises under one roof, therefore offering an unbeatable array of expertise, knowledge and insight. As a step towards the expansion of this expertise, Stratasys acquired MakerBot, one of the leading specialists in the production of 3D printers, thus securing additional valuable knowledge in this visionary field of 3D technology and prototyping. Support of creative processes. The advantages of the use of 3D prototyping are easily explained. 3D prototypes are easily printed; this makes their production 76 | Issue 39 | June 2016

and therefore the realisation of new design ideas extremely convenient and flexible. This exceptionally comfortable manner of prototyping entails the decrease of research costs and, subsequently, a much faster product launch. At the same time construction processes are enhanced and communication processes with potential buyers become considerably easier. “We are aware,” says Andreas Langfeld, general manager at MakerBot, “that our customers’ primary aim is efficiency and the saving of time and costs. MakerBot is the answer to these requirements.” 3D printers by MakerBot are used by a variety of differing customers employed in fields as diverse as the automotive and

aerospace, the medical and dental branch as well as in the field of consumer goods and electronics. Here it is engineers, designers, or end-consumers working for example in industrial enterprises or research centres who trust the quality of Stratasys’/MakerBot’s products. Yet, it is not only already accomplished designers or engineers who see the advantages of MakerBot’s printers. The printers are increasingly used in the field of industrial training by teachers and instructors alike. By working with MakerBot’s 3D printers, trainees have the incomparable advantage of being able to actively develop their problem-solving abilities and to quickly see their ideas realised. This manner of work and teaching helps them to become more creative, much faster and more goal-oriented in their future line of work. The above described customers’ groups’ high demands are met by MakerBot’s