Over the last 30 years, Stratasys FDM technology has built the strongest reputation in 3D printing for delivering on the promise of stability, reliability, and simplicity in manufacturing. Their closed ecosystem, in which they controlled the entire software and hardware workflow, could be credited for much of the success experienced by their customers. Limiting material options was a straightforward way of ensuring a positive outcome for users with their FDM systems.
But naturally, engineers start to desire a little more each year out of their tools. As their skills improve and they become more comfortable with the technology, their desire for broader applications increases and they seek to expand the capabilities of the systems that have treated them so well.
Stratasys recently announced that beginning with the Fortus 450, a 3D printer designed for rigorous 24/7 production, users will have the option to bring new materials to the platform, and access to previously untouchable print parameters.
This new material ecosystem will consist of three tiers: Preferred, Validated, and Open Materials.
Suggested Reading >> Open Material Option FAQ
Having open materials is an option Stratasys FDM users have been anxiously waiting for. These users are willing to experiment, take on some responsibility for success, and push their 3D printing efforts to a new level. This is the beginning of Stratasys superusers!
So, now that you can print anything… what will you create?
About Tyler Reid
Tyler Reid is a CAD, CAM, and 3D printing expert. His early interest in machine tools led him to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, where he first learned to use SOLIDWORKS. Tyler has worked in the SOLIDWORKS VAR channel since 2010, making his way from technical support to application engineering to product management.
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