Discover Germany, Issue 39, June 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Rapid. Tech Main image: Andreas Langfeld, general manager at MakerBot. © René Mueller Photographie Above from left: MakerBot Smart Extruder+ for MakerBot Replicator and MakerBot Replicator Mini. Product portfolio, MakerBot desktop 3D printer fifth generation. © MakerBot Education handbook: MakerBot in the Classroom. © MakerBot Bottom: Product portfolio, MakerBot 3D printer. © MakerBot

extensive ‘Replicator’ product range, which encompasses desktop and experimental 3D printers as well as 3D scanners. These appliances offer a supreme advantage: the brainstorming process is in need of an extensive amount of prototypes and prototypes printed on printers by MakerBot are cost efficient and of an unparalleled quality. MakerBot’s product range is complemented by Stratasys’ printers, which offer a threefold printer series that mirrors the individual steps of a design process. So depending on a user’s needs or the stage of the creative process he or she is in or the type of material that is used, Stratasys’ printers will further support creative processes as well as enhance the 3D print production processes. Investments in the future of prototyping Stratasys and MakerBot are aware not only of their customers’ high demands, but also of their changing needs. “By constantly reassessing our printers and functionalities we enable our customers

to be more creative. Differing design ideas can conveniently and easily be tried out and creative processes consequently become more swift,” offers Langfeld. A position as unique as Stratasys’ and MakerBots’ demands a continuing high level of motivation, ambition, and research. The teams of Stratasys and MakerBot are therefore in the constant process of critically assessing their products. The teams are on the continuous look out for new ideas, possibilities for improvements and new trends in design and production. While 2015 saw a surge of new products and solutions, 2016 proves to be an even more innovative and successful year as a great deal of investments made in 2015 are finally paying out. Not only was MakerBot awarded the ‘INDUSTRIEPREIS 2016’ (an award that is given to companies who show an outstanding level of progressiveness), it also widened its range of products. One of these innovations is the MakerBot Smart Extruder+, another milestone that

will further strengthen the company’s leading position on the market for highqualitative prototyping. The MakerBot Smart Extruder+ is engineered and tested to enhance its reliability, provide better performance and extend its lifetime. Through its enhanced possibility for high-volume prototyping, this innovation provides an additional creative impulse for the process of product design. MakerBot’s future strategic aims are firmly set: “There is no reason,” resumes Langfeld, “why Stratasys as the market leader in 3D printing and prototyping should not also become the leader in the market of additive manufacturing.” With this kind of forward thinking Stratasys and MakerBot are certain to remain the most important partners whenever an idea needs to be turned into a successful product.

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