USA-based companies Stratasys—a 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) solutions company—and Desktop Metal, a provider of metal 3D printing systems, have announced an agreement that extends their strategic partnership to broaden the accessibility and adoption of AM.
The agreement focuses on collaborative ‘distribution efforts and go-to-market activities’. Specifically, Stratasys resellers are to represent Desktop Metal’s recently launched Studio and Production systems alongside Stratasys’s own broad family of fused deposition modeling (FDM) and PolyJet-based solutions.
Desktop Metal’s Studio system is expected to ship in September, 2017, and is aimed at engineering teams. It is said to be the first office-friendly metal 3D printing system and up to 10 times less expensive than comparable laser-based systems.
The companies believe customers will benefit from the complementary nature of their technologies, allowing them to expedite product development cycles by producing both metal and plastic prototypes in an office environment.
Ilan Levin, chief executive officer (CEO) of Stratasys, said: ‘As one of the early investors in Desktop Metal, we realize customers are seeking additional ways to incorporate metal into their essential design and manufacturing processes. Today’s announcement takes this commitment one step further, empowering global manufacturers and engineers to expedite product development cycles by producing both plastic and metal parts in office-friendly and production-based environments.’
Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal, further commented: ‘The addition of Stratasys’ network of resellers allows us to deliver more effectively to our market and also enables Stratasys’s customers to gain access to Desktop Metal’s systems while retaining the service and support they have come to expect.’
Both companies are exhibiting at RAPID + TCT, in Pittsburgh, USA, on May 8-12, 2017.