Published on Jan. 27, 2015, 8:08 a.m.

Solidscape & LSR Unveil New Process that Reduces Time to Market

Merrimack, NH, January 27, 2015 — Solidscape®, Inc., the leading manufacturer of high precision 3D printers for direct manufacturing applications, and LSR’s Design Studio, are excited to announce disruptive new prototype processes that will speed time to market. By combining Solidscape’s high precision printing with LSR’s silicone or metal mold making process, prototypes can be created in less than two weeks, compared to the typical five to six weeks needed to create most new plastic or metal parts.

Silicon Mold

The process is unlike anything currently in the market and starts with Solidscape’s unique printing process, which is both additive and subtractive in nature. Printing at a resolution of 5000 dpi, Solidscape creates beautifully printed wax patterns that do not require hand finishing. The prototyping experts at LSR, a wireless product development company, can go directly to silicon tooling or to cast metal parts without the traditional tedious hand finishing of rapid prototype parts.

“We’re excited to collaborate with LSR on this new venture and to take rapid prototyping to the next level,” said Fabio Esposito, Solidscape President. “With this new disruptive process, users can now go directly from machine to molding, expediting the time it takes to go to market.”

"We compressed our product development process considerably on a recent program. We’ve gone from weeks of machining time and $4,000 per set of metal parts, to under two days and $200. This was earth shaking for us as well our customer,” said Jim Hollister, 3D Lab Manager at LSR.

A recent case study was done for an iPhone compatible smart wearables product, where cost per unit dramatically dropped by replacing parts previously machined from brass with Solidscape’s lost wax castings. Once again, the Solidscape wax patterns created directly from digital models are put through the foundry process, providing a direct route from digital file to finished casting. Results include:

  • Less finishing time than milled metal parts
  • Parts fit together better, perfect tollerances
  • Crisp and amazing detail
  • Consistent quality on run of parts
  • Less expensive, from $4,000 to under $200 per set of metal parts
  • Much faster process
  • Ability to make design changes without expensive tooling revisions or machining
  • Ability to cast in any metal, allowing complete design flexibility
  • Production worthy first articles for design review

As the fifth largest 3D printer company worldwide, Solidscape’s unmatched accuracy and Smooth Curvature Printing® with wax provides micro-precision parts with intricate designs and complex geometries that are 100 percent castable. When it comes to creating prototypes, Solidscape’s lost wax casting process allows users to reproduce layers as fine as six microns every time.

Earlier this year, Solidscape released the MAX2, a fully automated printer with an easy-to-operate touch screen that allows any skill level to effectively product high-precision wax patters. With higher throughput and increased productivity gains, Solidscape delivers 3D solutions for advanced manufacturing so customers can create wax patterns to be cast in metal or used for mold making (RTV) applications, ideal for industries such as aerospace, consumer products, education, and defense, industrial products, jewelry, medical and dental as well as manufacturing. Learn more at www.solid-scape.com.

Watch this video to experience new disruptive prototype processes that will speed time to market, by combining Solidscape’s high precision 3D printing with LSR Design Studio’s.

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About Solidscape®, Inc. Company:
Solidscape®, Inc.,a wholly owned subsidiary of Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), is the leader in high  precision 3D printers for direct manufacturing applications. Over the years, Solidscape has set the bar for the highest standards in surface finish, accuracy and material castability. Solidscape printers are marketed through a global network of distribution partners, and are used for casting fine jewelry, dental restorations, turbine blades, medical, orthopedics, consumer goods, electronics, toys and many other high precision products.

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About Stratasys®, Inc. Company:
Stratasys, Inc., Minneapolis, is a maker of additive manufacturing machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts. The company markets under the brands Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus Production 3D Printers. The company also operates RedEye On Demand, a digital manufacturing service for prototypes and production parts. In 2011 Stratasys acquired 3D printer maker, Solidscape, Inc. According to Wohlers Report 2011, Stratasys had a 41 percent market share in 2010, and has been the unit market leader for the ninth consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®) process. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds more than 285 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business & industrial equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries. Online at: www.Stratasys.com.

About LS Research, LLC:
LSR is a global leader in enabling advanced wireless technology platforms including Cellular, Wi-Fi,  Bluetooth®, BLE, RFID, NFC, 802.15.4, DECT, and ZigBee. LSR is the only wireless product development company providing turnkey M2M System Solutions with Design Services, on-site FCC / IC / CE Testing and Certification, and a broad line of RF modules and antennas.