Better printing through collaboration

PTC and Stratasys have announced the companies are working together to make additive manufacturing more accessible to designers and manufacturers. The companies claim they will deliver a seamless experience between Stratasys 3D Printing solutions and PTC Creo 3.0 design software.

This integrated workflow is said to streamline the 3D printing experience by allowing users to perform informed design specification, file preparation, print optimisation and print execution for Stratasys 3D Printing Solutions from within the PTC Creo environment.

The first 3D printer which can take full advantage of the joint solution is the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Multi-colour, Multi-material 3D Production System. Integration with additional Stratasys 3D Printing solutions is planned for future releases.

"Lowering the barriers involved in designing for 3D printing and unlocking the potential of additive manufacturing are primary goals of Stratasys' strategic vision," Dan Yalon, executive vice president of Stratasys said. "By cooperating together, PTC and Stratasys intend to bring value to our customers, making additive manufacturing more accessible while providing practical, easy-to-use tools for designing and manufacturing using 3D printing."

PTC and Stratasys aim to drive further adoption of additive manufacturing across a range of industries, from automotive and consumer electronics to aerospace and defence, with benefits for designers, engineers and manufacturers in the production of prototypes, manufacturing tools and finished products.