CHICAGO (Aug. 1, 2:15 p.m. EDT) — Stratasys Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn., demonstrated a less-than-$30,000 printer that builds three-dimensional models using ABS engineering resin. Comparable machines can cost at least $70,000.
With a desktop Dimension printer, a designer can create a 3-D, solid-model drawing and transform it into a plastic part in an hour, said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing. The printer can duplicate 80 percent of the characteristics of an injection molded part.
Spooled filament in a cartridge feeds the print head, which heats and softens the ABS. The machine extrudes the ABS with a thickness of 0.0001 inch and builds layers to create the part.
Stratasys employs about 200 and had 2002 sales of $39.8 million.