By using ABS as a production material, a new 3-D printer can reportedly create models that are capable of being tested for form as well as for fit and function. Priced at $29,900, the Dimension 3-D printer provides functional models at a reasonable price, according to the manufacturer. The desktop system can be located anywhere, and since it operates on a network, it allows product design teams to share the modeling system.
Dimension?s manufacturer says the unit?s cost allows smaller companies that once had to outsource modeling to bring it in-house at a relatively small investment. Dimension uses Catalyst software that?s supported by WindowsNT or 2000, and it provides two surface-finish options. The unit?s model build size measures 8 by 8 by 12 inches; its cabinet measures 27 by 36 by 41 inches.
Stratasys Inc., Minneapolis, MN