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New, Large 5-Axis Matsuura HMC from Methods

SUDBURY, MA. U.S.A. (July 14, 2011) – Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, has introduced the new Matsuura MAM72-100H five-axis horizontal machining center, the largest in the MAM72 series. The machine’s larger work envelope and ability to cut challenging materials makes it ideal for machining large-sized, complex parts that are common in the aerospace and energy industries.

Like all of Matsuura’s 5-axis machines, the MAM72-100H provides high quality, high speed simultaneous 5-axis machining. Designed utilizing FEM analysis for maximum rigidity, the MAM72-100H offers a uniquely stable machining platform when compared to machines in its capacity class range. Ideally designed for varied lot machining, the MAM72-100H can process a wide array of materials and offers users advanced, proven unmanned operations.

Designed in response to user requests for a MAM72 with a larger work envelope and even greater processing capacity, the MAM72-100H features x-y-z travels of 41.33” x 36.22” x 37.79”, an A-axis table that tilts between -120º and +30º, and full 360º c-axis rotation. The A-/ B-axis table, with a direct drive motor, turns at a maximum feed rate of 50 minutes-1 (A-axis; Tilting axis) or 75 minutes-1 (B-axis; rotating axis), ensuring high speed and high precision. The MAM72-100H has the capability to handle a maximum work size of 39.37” deep and 30.31” high, and a maximum weight of 1,719 lbs. Equipped with a high-torque 50 taper spindle, the MAM72-100H is suitable for cutting hard-to-machine alloys, such as titanium and inconel.

The MAM72-100H features the next-generation Matsuura’s Intelligent Meister System (MIMS), which monitors the overall production process. MIMS ensures reliable operation, high product quality, simple data management and low power consumption. In addition, the automatic tool changer is equipped with a drum-type tool magazine driven by a servomotor for quick tool indexing, low noise and low vibration. A variety of ATC / APC options are also available.

“The MAM72 series is known for its reliable, high-speed, unattended machining. Now with the MAM72-100H’s ability to machine larger parts, it’s the ideal solution for aircraft, energy and other industries with larger machining requirements,” said Mr. Dave Lucius, VP of Sales at Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “The MAM72-100H will be making its North American debut at imX in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 12-14, 2011.”

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has been a leading supplier of precision machine tools, automation and accessories for over 50 years, providing extensive applications engineering support, installation, parts, service, and training through a network of large state-of-the-art technology centers and dealers throughout North America. Methods is the exclusive U.S. importer of Matsuura machines.

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No. 50 Taper Spindle Now Available for X‐Class NVX5000 Machine

Chicago, Illinois, July 20, 2011 – Mori Seiki is now taking orders for the NVX5000 Series of high‐precision vertical machining centers with a No. 50 taper spindle variation.

The NVX5000 Series provides options and applications equivalent to those of the NV5000 Series (that sold more than 8,000 units) while achieving  high levels of rigidity, thermal displacement stability and energy saving.  And now, in addition to the No. 40 taper spindle specifications that were previously offered, Mori Seiki will expand the product line‐up with a No. 50 taper spindle.

The main benefits of the No. 50 taper spindle specifications for the NVX5000 Series include: high precision, high rigidity, expansion of machining variation, energy saving, a high‐performance operating system and high investment value.

The NVX5000 minimizes thermal displacement by employing a heat‐symmetrical structure in addition to offering optional coolant circulation inside the spindle, column and the castings of the bed.  Compared with conventional machines, machining accuracy has been doubled through suppressing thermal displacement to less than half and improving the responsiveness of minimal feed.  The accuracy of microfabrication has further improved by 100%, as microfabrication requires high accuracy, even on high rigidity machines with No. 50 taper spindles.

The NVX5000 Series boasts high rigidity in part due to the slideways on all axes, as well as from spindle bearing inner diameters up to φ4.75 in., which is the largest in its class.   No. 50 taper spindle specifications also include a high output motor with 30/22 kW (25%ED/cont.).  The machine’s overall high rigidity and high output/high rigidity of the spindle have additionally improved heavy cutting ability by 30%.

The X‐axis stroke is available in three variations (23.6 in., 31.5 in., 41.3 in.), allowing users to select the specifications that suit one’s workpiece size.  The specifications also allow up to a 9.4 in. diameter tool to be used, offering enhanced heavy‐duty cutting ability.

The machine is also designed to be energy saving.  Power supply for spindle motor, servo motors and fans inside the electrical cabinet can be stopped during shutdown mode, thereby contributing to reduction in environmental burden and running costs. The total electrical power capacity is also reduced, compared with conventional machines, and can achieve up to 30% of total electrical power savings.

The NVX Series uses the MAPPS IV high‐performance operating system for its operation panel.  In addition to automatic programming software, ESPRIT CAM software is available as an option.  The combination of MAPPS IV and ESPRIT allows the machine to handle complex machining programming and to flexibly meet customer needs.  Also, MAPPSIV is equipped with MORI‐NET, which enables remote maintenance of the machine and confirmation of operation status.

About DMG / Mori Seiki USA
DMG / Mori Seiki offers extremely reliable machine tools that are distributed worldwide. DMG / Mori Seiki’s American headquarters is in Chicago with offices in Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. For more about DMG / Mori Seiki USA and the products in the DMG / Mori Seiki line, visit www.dmgmoriseikiusa.com or call (847) 593‐5400.

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5th Axis D-series Dovetail Fixtures

Designed for precision and efficiency, 5th Axis’s line of dovetail fixtures are compatible with all 3, 4, and 5 axis CNC machines. With a simple stock prep operation, 5th Axis Fixtures hold onto as little as .06 (1.52 mm) stock, far less than a traditional vise. For 5 axis machining, 5th Axis Fixtures’ simple and robust design allows the cutter to easily reach all five faces of the work piece, eliminating additional setups with little second operation cleanup. On 3 axis machines, 5th Axis fixtures’ modular design and small footprint enable multi-part gang fixturing, allowing users to get the most out of their machines at a fraction of the price of vise mounted systems. The 5th Axis Fixtures dovetail system also incorporates a precision locating system so that parts can be roughed on lower cost machines and relocated for finishing, speeding shop through-put. Precision locating pin repeats within .001 (.025mm). The entire line was built with flexibility and durability in mind; they can be mounted in nearly any configuration imaginable. They use standard, replaceable hardware and are built from 4130 hardened steel to exacting standards.

Utilize all your 5-Axes.
Work holding is a difficult obstacle to overcome in the world of multiaxis machining. With high spindle speeds, rapid movements, and a need to reach all five faces of the work piece, machines shops are looking for new ways to hold parts. 5th Axis Fixtures was launched to provide a line of simple and robust dovetail 3, 4 and 5 axis CNC machining fixtures that address all of those needs. 5th Axis Fixtures was created out of necessity by leading 5-axis CNC machine shop, 5th Axis Inc. After years of producing our own custom workholding fixtures we decided to make them available to the public. Designed by machinists for machinists, we manufacture high-quality and affordable 5 axis workholding fixtures that outperform traditional CNC workholding vises.

With a simple stock prep operation, 5th Axis Fixtures hold onto as little as .05” stock, far less than a traditional vise system. The dovetail clamp wedges the stock down ensuring a positive secure hold on much less stock than a vise. Use of dovetail work holding fixtures for 5-axis CNC machining allow for smoother running and more reliable jobs. The 5th Axis Fixtures dovetail system also incorporates a precision locating system so that parts can be roughed on lower cost machines and relocated for finishing, speeding shop through-put. The precision locating pin repeats within .001”, so parts can be taken in and out of the fixtures without a worry that parts may be relocated in the wrong position.

The problem that most machine shops run into while using a vise on their 4 and 5 axis machine, is that you have to hold onto a large amount of material and you can not reach all surfaces of the work piece. 5th Axis Fixtures allow the cutter to easily reach all five faces of the work piece. This speeds up production and allows the machine to run with little to no stoppage time. Operation times can be cut by as much as 40% with these dovetail fixtures and set up times are nearly eliminated.

The fixtures feature a modular design with endless mounting possibilities. We understand that each machine shop has unique needs in terms of mounting and utilization of fixtures. The D-series can be mounted on all 3, 4, and 5 axis CNC machines and robotic loading systems. Mount them however you like: on pallets, tooling plates, pedestals, tombstones, pyramids, side by side, or simply by themselves, the decision is yours to make. Five models are currently available in sizes: ½ x ½”, 1 x 1 ½”, 2 x 2”, 3 x 6”, and 3 x 10” to accommodate stock of all sizes. A misconception about dovetail fixtures is that they are only suitable for smaller parts. We have proven that they are capable of holding parts as small as .5” up to 24” and larger. We do not put a limit on the size of the part our fixtures can hold, you are more limited by the rigidity of the part you are machining than overall size. Unlike many other products on the market, our fixtures are built from hardened 4130 steel to exacting standards. The locating pin, dowel pins, and threaded insert are all removable and replaceable.

In addition to the modular design and replaceable components, part density was major factor in the creation of these dovetail fixtures. “We specialize in high production machining and manufacturing, and we needed a way to make as many parts in the shortest possible time. Our dovetail fixtures allow us to load our stock onto our fixtures, hit cycle start, and let our machine do the work for us” Says CEO Chris Taylor. 5th Axis dovetail fixtures allow machine shops to run lights out without a worry of throwing a part. The PY6420D1151S, exemplifies part density, it allows four parts to be fully machined simultaneously on one Erowa 148mm pallet. 5th Axis dovetail fixtures allow machine shops to fill up their pallet systems without breaking their banks. These dovetail fixtures have more capabilities than a traditional vise at half the price.

Shop owners are often hesitant to utilize the capabilities of a dovetail system because of the addition of the stock prep operation. Carbide end mills are expensive and must be replaced often when prepping dovetail stock. That is why we have created a custom dovetail cutter. The DC2253VBMT dovetail cutter is built from H13 tool steel with standard, replaceable v-type inserts. It features Ø 1” H6 for set screw, collet or shrink fit holders. The dovetail cutter completes the dovetail system, and allows for cost effectiveness and accuracy shop owners need in today’s machining environment.

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High Precision and Less Maintenance with 3- or 6 Jaw Power Chuck

The ROTA NCS combines high clamping forces, maximum precision and minimum effort!

Since the ROTA NCS is hermetically sealed against dirt and coolant, it is maintenance-free. All functional parts are hardened and ground, which ensures a long lifetime.

The sealed 6-jaw power chuck from SCHUNK is a trend-setting lathe chuck suitable for demanding precision machining. With active pull-down force distributed on six jaws, highest axial run-out accuracy, and the best run-out available, SCHUNK shows users new possibilities for the highest quality in metal cutting.

Thanks to the active pull-down effect, it produces the best results in terms of plane parallelism and rectangularity. The achievable axial run-out accuracy is less than 0.01 mm. Six pendulum jaws ensure a high true running accuracy and minimum deformation of the work piece. The ROTA NCS 6-jaw power chuck is a superior lathe chuck for high precision serial production.

The NCS allows for precise clamping of noncircular components, making it ideal for rings and cast parts. Thin-walled work pieces are clamped with utmost care and with little deformation. The integrated permanent lubrication ensures a constant jaw clamping force and hence a permanently high level of efficiency. The NCS is hermetically sealed, and is largely maintenance-free. All functional parts are hardened and ground which ensures a long tool life. With its low height, the chuck ensures that there is sufficient space in the machine.

The ROTA NCS 6-jaw power chuck is available in sizes 250, 315, 400 and 500.

About SCHUNK:
SCHUNK is a family owned operation and a global player in one. Totaling more than 60 years of experience, SCHUNK is the leading worldwide manufacturer of toolholding components, workholding systems, and automation components. With their reputation for high quality products, absolute precision, and continuous innovation, SCHUNK is a reliable partner for their customers. For more information, visit www.schunk.com

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DMU 60 eVo 5‐Axis Machining Center Launched

Chicago, Illinois, July 15, 2011 – The DMU 60 eVo is the newest model in DMG’s successful eVo Series – having already sold more than 3,000 units throughout the world. In recent years, there has been growing demand for manufacturing complex workpieces, particularly in the aircraft and medical equipment industries.  Mori Seiki and DMG, the world’s largest manufacturers of 5‐Axis machines, have launched the DMU 60 eVo in order to meet this demand.

The distinctive features of the DMU 60 eVo include a revolutionary gantry design for highest rigidity and precision, improved swivel rotary table, space saving design and optional linear motor drive. The DMU 60 eVo has a gantry construction in which the X and Y axes are placed in the upper part of the machine. This construction enables the machine to minimize spindle overhang and increase stability and rigidity, thereby maintaining high precision. Additionally, the optimally positioned Y‐axis saddle and the rounded design for the front of the machine provide efficient setups and outstanding accessibility to the working area from two sides.

The eVo Series’ proven swivel rotary table has been further strengthened. The 600 x 500 mm swivel rotary table (corner: φ630 mm) maintains the successful design concept, while doubling the loading capacity to 400 kg. With a swivel range from ‐5°to +110°, the machine is capable of handling a wide range of machining. Turning specifications with a C‐axis rotational speed of 1,000 min‐1 (FD specifications) are also available as an option. A standard DMU 60 eVo uses a ball screw drive for the X and Y axes (rapid traverse rate: 50 m/min). The optional linear motor drive (rapid traverse rate: 80 m/min) is ideal for customers who need even greater efficiency. The linear motor drive offers high speed and high acceleration feed, and achieves superb positioning accuracy, with a positioning error only one‐tenth of that of the ball screw drive. Additionally, the machine uses fewer consumable parts, which requires less maintenance.

With a footprint of 6.1 m, the DMU 60 eVo is the most compact machine in its class.  And, due to the machine’s unique construction, the footprint stays almost the same, regardless of the size of the tool magazine.

About DMG / Mori Seiki USA
DMG / Mori Seiki offers extremely reliable machine tools that are distributed worldwide. DMG / Mori Seiki’s American headquarters is in Chicago with offices in Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. For more about DMG / Mori Seiki USA and the products in the DMG / Mori Seiki line, visit www.dmgmoriseikiusa.com or call (847) 593‐5400.

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NEW PRODUCT: Premium Heavy Duty Dry Vacuums Available

EXAIR’s new Premium Heavy Duty Dry Vac™ System is a rugged, industrial duty vacuum cleaner that has been engineered to vacuum high volumes of dry materials in less time than ordinary vacs. It now comes complete with a 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum, making it easy to meet your specific requirements. The wear resistant design is suitable for the clean-up of abrasive materials like steel shot, garnet, metal chips, and sand, yet can also be used for general purpose applications.

The Premium Heavy Duty Dry Vac System is compressed air powered and attaches to the included drum. It is extremely quiet at 82 dBA (half the noise of electric vacs), making it suitable for a wide variety of applications. Surrounding air is kept clean by the 0.1 micron filter bag that traps particles when vacuuming dusty materials. There are no motors or impellers to clog or wear out. It is covered by a five year warranty.

The Premium Heavy Duty Dry Vac System comes complete with a 10′ (3m) static resistant hose, 20′ (6m) compressed air hose, shutoff valve, pressure gauge, heavy duty tools, toolholder (most systems), drum dolly and 30, 55 or 110 gallon drum. Prices start at $1,616.

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New 5C Indexer with Clamp

Built-in clamp for high-force cutting applications

  • Removable face plate
  • Collet-ready spindle accepts collets, step chucks, expanding collets and jaw chucks with optional collet closer
  • Left- or right-hand motor mount
  • New extended-nose spindle for optimum tool clearance when using a collet
  • Rotary Unit with Servo Control and Face Plate

GD160LP $10,920
GD210LP $12,695

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The most flexible rotary products on the market… FACTORY-DIRECT

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Soraluce Introduces F-MT at EMO Press Release SubmissionMonday, July 11, 2011 11:08 PM

(Rockford, IL – July 7, 2011) – SORALUCE, a Danobat Group company, will be introducing the F-MT Milling-Turning Center at EMO Hannover 2011 scheduled for September 19-24 in Germany. The F-MT is an innovative solution which combines both boring/milling and vertical turning technologies in a single machine. This provides the possibility of manufacturing complex components in one machine, offering remarkable versatility which leads to effective real time savings and the associated cost savings for end users.

This compact solution is based on the successful SORALUCE FL model, which integrates a flexible working area that can be configured to the customers’ needs. It can be configured with one or multiple working stations with fixed tables and rotary tables usable for both milling and turning operations. These multi-task machines can complete all operations in a single setup – turning, milling, boring, drilling, tapping – on very intricate parts, and are ideal for industries such as the aeronautical, energy and precision engineering for both one-off and production applications.

This highly dynamic machine has a 35 m/min of axis speed with an acceleration of 2 m/s2 in each individual axis. This, combined with the high power and torque of the main spindle and the improved thrust forces in all axes (up to 16 kN), results in a state-of-the-art solution for high volume chip removal and stable cutting conditions for both milling and turning.

The integrated rotary table, with built-in drive technology, can be used in both milling and turning working modes. With a maximum diameter of 1600 mm and a maximum working load of 8000 kg, this rotary table has a maximum rotational speed of 250 rpm and a maximum turning torque of up to 2500 Nm, supported by a maximum tangential torque of up to 26000 Nm in clamped condition.

For the turning operations, the F-MT incorporates an automatic system for loading/unloading the turning head outside the working area. This turning head is attached to the main body of the milling head of the machine, giving the capability for high chip removal during turning operations as well as precise machining while the bearings of the head remain completely protected.

The complete solution is fully enclosed (including both magazines) with a guarding system which can open and close automatically. Finally, the machine space required has also been optimized with a final space requirement of 7400 x 5600 mm.

At EMO, the machine will be exhibited featuring a fixed table of 4000 x 1200 mm which incorporates a 1600 mm diameter turning table in the centre. The machine has a longitudinal travel of 3500 mm, a vertical travel of 1800 and cross travel of 1200 mm.

The machine is equipped with a high torque direct drive spindle motor with 32 kW of power and 6000 rpm (900 Nm at S1), guaranteeing high chip removal capacity, low heat level, minimum maintenance, reduced noise and high precision and efficiency.

The machine is fitted with the new HEIDENHAIN iTNC530 HSCI control system, with special cycles developed by SORALUCE for turning functions integrated into the CNC control unit.

Additionally the machine is equipped with an 80 station automatic tool changer (alternative tool changer capacities are available upon request).

SORALUCE will be exhibiting the F-MT, along with the FXR floor type boring/milling center and the TR milling center, in Hall 13 Stand B36, one of three booths that will be highlighting Danobat Group’s technological leadership and showcasing 13 new models of machines. Soraluce will also introduce several ground-breaking patented new design concepts including Ram Balance, Accura Heads, Modular Quill and Easy Tools.

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Mori Seiki Breaks Ground on North American Manufacturing Plant

Chicago, Illinois, July 7, 2011 – On June 22, 2011, Mori Seiki broke ground on a 200,000-squarefoot factory to be situated on 14.5 acres in Davis, California. The plant will be Mori Seiki’s first manufacturing facility in North America, and will employee between 100-150 personnel. At capacity, the new facility will produce as many as 100 units per month, focusing on the popular new X-Class line of precision machines. “Our initial targets are our horizontal machining centers – the X-Class NHX4000 and NHX5000 Series,” says Mark Mohr, President of DMG / Mori Seiki USA. “Our next product under consideration is the DMU 50 and potentially other X class machines”

The plan of locating a new manufacturing facility in the United States is based on the possibility of the continuing decrease in the exchange rate between the US and Japan. Dr. Masahiko Mori asserts, “If the value of the US dollar declines, it will become fiscally advantageous to manufacture machine tools in North America, eliminating the cost of importing from Japan.” The addition of a new North American factory is expected to offset any disparity in the exchange rate between the two currencies and would ensure Mori Seiki customers the continued quality, precision and value they have come to expect in their machine purchase. Mori Seiki currently operates a total of four factories in the Nara, Mie and Chiba prefectures of Japan. The company’s manufacturing presence in North America builds upon an existing overseas unit in Le Locle, Switzerland (DIXI Machines). Mori Seiki acquired DIXI in 2007 to manufacture and market products under the DIXI brand, but also to expand its capacity in order to manufacture and sell Mori Seiki branded products.

Manufacturing in the US enhances the company’s existing infrastructure in North America. Engineering operations are already established in the US at the Digital Technology Laboratories (DTL) in Davis, CA. Software and machinery has been designed at DTL since 2000, when the group was launched. Today, the group boasts over 80 employees; the creation of a North American manufacturing plant creates further opportunity for R&D collaboration in the US. The Davis, California site offers several other advantages as well. “The west coast location makes it very easy to work with our Japanese colleagues,” says Mohr. “For instance, we will be importing ball screws and spindles from our own manufacturing facilities in Japan—not for purposes of cost saving, but because they’re simply the highest quality.” The nearby UC-Davis and Berkeley campuses ensure that the available workforce is also top-quality; the area is regarded as a proving ground for the latest advances in technology, engineering, and computer sciences.

Mori Seiki remains focused not only on R&D and production, but also on installation and proper maintenance. Mori Seiki’s recent launch of the Mori360 Total Support package in the United States and Canada highlights the company’s commitment to complete customer service. The addition of the new North American factory will raise Mori Seiki’s total monthly output capacity by approximately 100 units to slightly more than 900, preparing Mori Seiki for the anticipated global expansion of machine tool sales in the coming decade. Construction is slated for completion in fall of 2012.

Mori Seiki produces extremely reliable machine tools and distributes worldwide. The American headquarters is in Chicago with offices in Boston, Toronto, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Curitiba, Brazil, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Monterrey, Mexico, Mexico City, São Paulo, Brazil, Seattle and San Francisco. For more about Mori Seiki and the products in the Mori Seiki line, visit the all NEW www.moriseikius.com or call (847) 593-5400.

Speakers at the ceremony marking the groundbreaking of Mori Seiki’s North America Manufacturing facility included Consul Tetsuya Iwata (Consul General to Japan in San Francisco), Dr. Masahiko Mori, Mr. Joe Krovoza, Mr. Natsuo (Jim) Okada and Mr. Mark Mohr.

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Stratasys Leads Additive Manufacturing Industry for Ninth Consecutive Year

MINNEAPOLIS, June 27 – (NASDAQ: SSYS) Stratasys marked its ninth consecutive year as unit market leader in the additive manufacturing / 3D printing industry, according to Wohlers Report 2011, the company says.
Published by Wohlers Associates, Inc., the annual report offers a global review of the additive manufacturing (AM) markets, technologies and applications for the prior year.

Stratasys reported shipment of 2,555 systems in 2010, which accounted for 41% of the global market for industrial AM systems, according to the report. The report also indicated that Stratasys’ 2010 unit sales were more than 3.5 times that of its nearest competitor, and the company has shipped 15,839 systems since its founding. Over the past decade, Stratasys average annual growth was 24% compared with an industry-wide growth of 18%.

“Stratasys rebounded from the economic downturn to new highs,” says CEO Scott Crump. “We ended 2010 with a record for quarterly revenues and an all-time high for system shipments. We continue to expand 3D printing adoption in partnership with HP. Sales were strong in both our Dimension 3D Printer and Fortus Production 3D Printer lines.”

Wohlers Report 2011 showed a strong recovery for the AM industry as a whole with a 37.4% increase in industrial system shipments, the highest growth in over six years. For the year, the report lists annual industry revenue for products and services as $1.325 billion, a 24.1% increase over 2009. In the AM industry’s 23-year history, its compound annual growth rate has been 26.2%.

The report predicts the industry will ship 15,000 industrial systems per year by 2015, driven in large part by systems selling between $5,000 and $25,000, with annual revenues of $5.2 billion by 2020.

“The report forecasts tremendous untapped potential that will fuel growth well into the future, says Crump. “Stratasys plans to contribute to that growth with all our groups: 3D printers, production systems, on-demand services, and materials. We have an outstanding global team, great products, and strong strategic partners that will drive us forward.”

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
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