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Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Partners with Somos to Accelerate Stereolithography Material Innovation



"Companies building 3-D printed parts now have easier access to newer and more advanced Stereolithography (SL) materials than ever before," said a company spokesperson. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, an indirect subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd. and one of the largest providers of additive (3-D printing) and conventional manufacturing services in North America, has formed a partnership with DSM's Somos, the provider of materials for building SL parts. "The move doubles Stratasys Direct Manufacturing's SL production capacity, allowing the company to deliver large projects more rapidly, and accelerates material development," said the spokesperson.

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing will apply 25 years of experience in SL from legacy companies Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies, collaborating with the Somos development team to beta test new Somos materials before they hit the market. The agreement gives the market access to the industry's most extensive Somos materials available.

"Together with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing we will accelerate Stereolithography material development like never before," said Melissa Lutz, Business Director, Somos. "Stratasys Direct Manufacturing's customers have already used Somos materials in some exciting and potentially life-saving applications, like customized and intricate heart models that improve the safety and efficacy of surgical procedures, so we are eager to see what incredible SL parts users develop next."

"We made this move to meet customers' strong demand for Somos materials that the rapid prototyping services industry was not fulfilling," said Chuck Alexander, Director of Product Management for Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. Somos materials available now at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing include:

  • Somos NeXt: Provides the accuracy of SL with the look, feel and performance of a thermoplastic, suitable for large prototypes.
  • Somos ProtoGen 18420: Highly accurate and is humidity and temperature resistant
  • Somos WaterClear Ultra 10122: A colorless material suited for lenses and electronic covers
  • Somos WaterShed XC 11122: Produces highly detailed parts with great clarity and water-resistance.

For more information contact:

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

28309 Ave Crocker

Valencia, CA 91355

888-311-1017

info@stratasysdirect.com

www.stratasysdirect.com

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