Stratasys White Paper: F123 3D Printers for Rapid Prototyping
In this white paper, Stratasys walks through some common challenges related to 3D printing and the solutions that the F123 series provides.
Featured Stratasys White Paper // How Stratasys F123 3D Printers Make Rapid Prototyping More Accessible and Productive
There’s no denying that 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, has achieved its place as a valuable design and manufacturing methodology and a cornerstone of rapid prototyping. It lives up to the promise of making businesses more competitive by giving them the tools to streamline and enhance the product-creation processes.
This white paper will show there’s never been a better time to invest in 3D printing, as made clear with the introduction of the new Stratasys F123 3D Printer Series. These 3D printers were designed to remove the barriers designers and engineers face by making the rapid prototype process more efficient and productive. You’ll see how the Stratasys F123 Series addresses typical rapid prototyping pain points and lets companies create better products faster, reducing the time to market.
It’s critical that businesses quickly respond to changing customer and market demand to stay ahead of competition. Getting a new product to market first helps you generate new revenue and maintain leadership in the space. But outpacing competitors is extremely difficult if you’re using similar technology and processes.
Changing your product development methodology to incorporate additive manufacturing is a proven means to gain a competitive advantage. Additive can drastically reduce new product development time and provides the ability to refine designs throughout the development cycle to ensure they’re ready for market. However, embracing this technology or broadening its use, is sometimes avoided for a variety of reasons.
Investing in professional 3D printers can pose a significant financial hurdle and companies find it difficult to justify the cost, especially for small to midsize companies. Many types of additive manufacturing require comprehensive knowledge of the process and equipment. That typically means hiring new employees. Even companies that already use 3D printing for rapid prototyping face challenges making the most of this technology. If the 3D printers aren’t readily accessible to users—if the workflow is cumbersome and complicated or the equipment is unreliable—benefits will be minimal from inefficient use.
Choosing to stay with the status quo using traditional rapid prototyping methods poses risks, too. In the race to develop new products quickly, chances for field failures increase because there is not enough time and resources to adequately vet and test more than a few design iterations. It’s simply too costly to develop multiple designs using the old methods, particularly if portions of the process are outsourced.
So, what simple, reliable and efficient technology is available to help product developers become more competitive? The answer lies with a new professional 3D printing platform designed to increase the efficiency and simplicity of the rapid prototyping process. This new technology is the Stratasys F123 Printer Series. These FDM (fused deposition modeling) 3D Printers provide solutions that help companies become more competitive through collaborative rapid prototyping and improve their existing rapid prototype processs.
To understand how teams are achieving these results, let’s take a closer look at how these 3D printers address the typical challenges that CEOs, engineers and prototyping managers face in the product development process… (continued)
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To learn more about the F123 Series of 3D printers, read the Q&A product review with Dylan Oliver. The Fathom team in Seattle has hands-on experience using the F370 for prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Considering a 3D printer purchase? Start a conversation with an account manager today.