3D printing gets a boost as major design software vendor partners with printer firm

IoT firm and design software specialists PTC is collaborating with a 3D printer firm to optimise the computer assisted design-to-printing process for manufacturers.

Typically designers and manufacturers use a variety of tools along with 3D CAD software to design, optimise and validate parts before 3D printing, which leaves opportunities for mistakes.

Now Stratasy’ 3D printers will work seamlessly with PTC’s Creo 3.0 design software, so users can print straight from their designs.

“Advantages include geometric freedom and part functionality, economic low volume and on-demand manufacturing and the production of customized products,” Stratasys said.

The first printers to connect with PTC will be the Objet500 Connex3 which allows multi-colour and material printing. Stratasys said that other printers will follow suit.

The news will help boost further adoption of additive manufacturing across industries including automotive and consumer electronics, to aerospace and defence.

”Lowering the barriers involved in designing for 3D printing and unlocking the vast potential of additive manufacturing are primary goals of Stratasys’ strategic vision,” said Dan Yalon, executive vice president, business development, marketing & vertical solutions, Stratasys.

Enterprise is increasingly turning to 3D printing to speed up prototype manufacturing.

Aeroplane manufacturer Airbus used 3D printing rather than traditional manufacturing to speed up its deliveries with a Stratasys printer.

The firm, which makes the renowned double-decker A380 used by airlines Emirates and British Airways, produced over 1000 “strong, lighter-weight parts” on a Stratasys FDM 3D printer, substantially cutting production time and manufacturing costs.

Unileveralso revealed that it can halve production time for its well-known household care and laundry goods packaging moulds using Stratasy’s 3D printing.

“In sharing a common vision of the future of additive manufacturing, Stratasys and PTC have forged a close relationship that begins to benefit our common customers today,” said Mike Campbell, executive vice president, CAD, PTC.

“I’m excited about the impact I believe our collaboration will have on new designs across all industries as additive manufacturing continues to grow in production usage, and as our integration and respective products’ capabilities continuously improve.”

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