Stratasys Inc. (Nasdaq: SSYS), the leading manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D production systems, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement with HP for Stratasys to manufacture an HP-branded 3D printer. Used by product designers and architects, Stratasys 3D printers create three-dimensional plastic models directly from 3D digital designs.
Under the terms of the agreement, Stratasys wil develop and manufacture for HP an exclusive line of 3D printers based on Stratasysâ€™ patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology. HP will begin a phased rollout of the 3D printers in the mechanical design (MCAD) market in selected countries later this year, with the right to extend distribution globally.
â€œWe believe the time is right for 3D printing to become mainstream,â€ said Stratasys Chairman and CEO Scott Crump.
â€œThere are millions of 3D designers using 2D printers who are ready to bring their designs to life in 3D,â€ said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager of HPâ€™s Large Format Printing Business. â€œStratasys FDM technology is the ideal platform for HP to enter the 3D MCAD printing market and begin to capitalize on this untapped opportunity.â€
For those interested, a related audio webcast from a recent meeting between the two companies can be found on the Stratasys site. Hmmm â€¦ sorry HP, looks like Makerbot beat ya to this one ;) Here’s hoping HP’s printer’s consumables don’t end up costing more than the machine itself! [via Shapeways]
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