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Production 3D Printing in the Product Development Life Cycle

In industries like aerospace, medical, transportation and consumer products, additive manufacturing has increasingly become a production solution for top companies.

Planning Ahead: The Next Step in the Product Development Life Cycle

During the planning phase of the product development life cycle, our prototyping services and manufacturing expertise will help you prepare to move into mass production.

Design Next-Generation Products

Our advanced manufacturing services make the design process easy, with rapid prototyping, thorough Design Guidelines and helpful Design Services.

New Advancements in 3D Printing Medical Models

The medical industry is rapidly embracing the cutting-edge production of 3D printed anatomical models for bettering patient outcomes.

New in Metal 3D Printing: Copper

The latest material available in 3D printing is Copper (C18150) specifically developed by Stratasys Direct to fill the void in the AM market.

Discover New Solutions for Developing Products

Whether the idea is to solve a problem or improve upon a previous product, engineers start with research to inform their product development.

The Benefits of CNC Machining FDM Parts

CNC Machining FDM parts has proved to be another tool 3D printing customers can take advantage of for optimized and dimensional accuracy.

Top 3 Considerations Before Prototyping

Engineers and designers looking to take advantage of 3D printing for prototyping should consider these key considerations before getting started.

3D Printing with Photopolymers

Discover the key considerations and the advantages of working with photopolymers and their related 3D printing technologies.

How 3D Printed Concept Models Enhance Marketing

Low cost and quick to produce, 3D printed concept models serve marketing programs like photoshoots for ad creative or tradeshows and sales efforts.

Spare Parts & 3D Printing

Ensure the availability of spare parts for your customers and reduce lead times and costs associated with large and obsolete inventories with 3D printing.

Key Considerations when 3D Printing with Thermoplastics

Learn about the differences between injection molding thermoplastics and thermoplastics used in 3D printing processes, including key design considerations.

Expert Engineering & 3D Printing

Making a quality 3D printed part takes more than just a machine. It takes a responsive engineering team behind the technology working to ensure quality.

Top 7 Ways to Save with Efficient 3D Printing

Save time and money on any 3D printing project with these 7 tips. With Stratasys Direct's expertise, you can optimize your part at the best possible price.

Transforming the Supply Chain with 3D Printing

The future of manufacturing includes integrating additive manufacturing into the traditional supply chain to move into the future.

3D Printing in Color: The Power of a Realistic Concept Model, Fast

Ideal for consumer prototypes and anatomical models, PolyJet Multi-Color brings projects to life.

3D Printing Aircraft Interiors

The use of additive manufacturing for aircraft interiors continues to be a primary application for the aerospace industry.

Industry Highlight: 3D Printing and Foundries

Metal casting at foundries is a centuries old manufacturing process that can be significantly impacted by the benefits of 3d printing.

From Prototypes to Production

Stratasys Direct's experts and advanced manufacturing solutions will take your design from prototype to final production part.

4 Considerations for Material Selection

It can be difficult to determine which material fits the profile for your project - these considerations and our Material Wizard are here to help.

3D Printed Trophies for Industry Best

Check out these 3D printed trophies produced for the industry winners at one of the biggest conventions in the industry – RAPID + TCT.

5 Places Additive Manufacturing is Unstoppable

There are five industries in particular where the amazing capabilities of additive manufacturing have transformed production.

The Might of ID-Light: Lighter Parts in a Fraction of the Time

ID-Light is a proprietary build style that features a scaffolding-like internal structure, available with both Stereolithography and FDM.

4 Reasons to Use a 3D Printing Service Bureau

Owning a 3D printer and outsourcing don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Check out these four considerations for when to use a 3D printing service bureau.

Additive Manufacturing: How To Implement It Into Your Business Model

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing offers customized manufacturing solutions for your company by evaluating your operations and identifying opportunities.

Ensuring Superior Quality of Additive Metal Parts

Learn how we ensure superior quality additive metal parts through precision machining, finishing, in-house quality controls, and job tracking.

Four Key Factors for a Balanced Design

The four factors that must be in conjunction with one another for a balanced design: size, layer resolution, wall thickness and orientation.

3D Printed Jigs & Fixtures: A Powerful Solution for the Production Floor

The improvements offered by 3D printed jigs and fixtures can add up to major advantages for your company with reduced lead times and cost savings.

Seven Questions to Identify the Best 3D Printing Technology

The differences between 3D printing technologies can influence parts significantly. These 7 questions will help you identify the process for your project.

Breaking the Mold with Cross-Technologies

Streamline conventional manufacturing processes and cost-effectively bring your product to market faster with additive manufacturing and cross-technologies.

Five 3D Printing Tips to Save You Time

Don’t let the complexity of 3D printing slow down your project goals. Get to market quickly with these five 3D printing tips to save you time.

Taking Your Product to the Finishing Line

As you choose the materials & technology for your product, we can provide guidance on which finishing options can help you realize your product objectives.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Gets a Boost from 3D Printing

This new propeller provides users with improved run times and top speeds thanks to the optimized hydrodynamic design.d Concepts proved the reliability, functionality, and usability of metal 3D printing with the creation of the world's first 3D printed metal gun.

Foam Urethane Casting Wins Golden Mousetrap Award

Our new method creates foam parts faster using 3D printed molds built with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and ABS thermoplastic.

The Ultimate 3D Printing Match Up: Laser Sintering vs. Fused Deposition Modeling

Learn the advantages and differences between LS and FDM technology and discover the best process for your project.

3D Printing, Casting and Molding: Finding the Right Process to Manufacture Over-Molded Designs

Wherever you are in your design process, you’re not limited in manufacturing solutions. Learn more about designing over-molded parts.

Implementing 3D Printing: In-house or Outsource?

Your business needs 3D printed parts. Do you buy a 3D printer or order parts through a 3D printing service provider?

Top 4 Differences Between Stereolithography and PolyJet

Knowing the differences will lead you to the best process choice for your project. Here are the top four differences between PolyJet and Stereolithography.

Top Challenges to Widespread 3D Printing Adoption

What challenges are holding additive manufacturing back from widespread adoption? We set out to find the answer through our recent industry survey.

Understanding Material Nuances from Metal 3D Printing

Each metal 3D printing material adds a unique range of mechanical properties to broaden perfect-fit applications.

When to CNC Machine Your 3D Printed Parts

CNC machining is traditionally used to manufacture low volume, end-use parts, but it has also been adopted as a secondary process for additive manufacturing technology.

Soft Tooling vs. Hard Tooling

Consider cast urethanes as an economical manufacturing method as you move into the final stages of product development.

Upgrade a Centuries-Old Manufacturing Technique with FDM

Investment casting patterns can be made faster and with less expense with additive manufacturing technologies like Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).

Electroplating Goes Beyond Making FDM and PolyJet Parts Shine

The added strength and aesthetics of electroplated parts lend themselves well to functional prototyping and end use applications. And electroplating is just one of a number of finishing services we offer at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to help you perfect your part.

Top Benefits of 3D Printing Master Patterns for Urethane Casting

Cast urethane molding is an efficient, cost-effective way to produce 100 to 1,000 end use parts in advanced formula polyurethanes.

FDM vs. PolyJet: A Tale of Two 3D Printing Technologies

How do you know which one is right for your parts? In order to better understand your options, it is important to know how each process works.

How It’s Made: The 3D Printed 1911 Pistol

As our limited production run of John Browning's classic handgun design gets underway, we'd like to take you behind-the-scenes and show you how a 3D printed metal gun is manufactured at Stratasys Direct.

How to Optimize a Quote for Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Engineers

Helpful information and general rules of thumb for the design process to optimize 3D printing quotes.

Top Reasons to Use FDM Tools for Paper Pulp Molding

Nanufacturers have discovered Fused Deposition Modeling as an alternative production process for paper pulp molding.

Prototyping for Babes: Mom Entrepreneur Uses 3D Printing to Begin Business

Entrepreneur used 3D printing to determine the functionality, look and feel of a baby bottle design.

Super Bowl Shoes: Superior Performance Leveraged Through 3D Printing

3D printing plays an unprecendented role in the innovative cleats worn by Super Bowl football players.

Designing With Photopolymers

Since the general properties of photopolymers widely vary, it is important to know which type of material is right for your model.

World’s First 3D Printed Metal Gun

Stratasys Direct proved the reliability, functionality, and usability of metal 3D printing with the creation of the world's first 3D printed metal gun.

How To Translate 3D CAD Files into .STL Files: SolidWorks

Our programmers have confided in us a few of the best recommendations for .STL file exportation from 3D CAD files in SolidWorks.

How To Translate 3D CAD Files into .STL Files: SolidWorks

Our programmers have confided in us a few of the best recommendations for .STL file exportation from 3D CAD files in SolidWorks.