The money in 3D printing is not in making finished goods. Rapid product development and faster time to revenue is where the real money is saved and made. Stratasys’ new full-color, multi-material J826 3D printer is among the devices designed to enable you to make more money, quicker.
Don’t get me wrong. Finished goods ranging from jet engine components to medical devices are generating revenue, cutting costs and making lives better. But when you think about all of the places where 3D printing is used, across a wide range of industries, product development is where it has the widest and most immediate financial impact.
Rapid, iterative prototyping enables you to bring products to market sooner while minimizing the chance for costly flaws that are found in production. Stratasys’ J826 3D printer offers accurate full color printing with realistic shapes, textures and feel. The colors are PANTONE-validated and include up to seven different materials in one piece. Your engineers and marketers alike get a good idea of what the item will look like – and whether it is acceptable to them or changes are necessary. The J826’s list price is $175,000, which is about half of Stratasys’ other J8-series PolyJet printers’ pricing when it becomes commercially available in the second quarter.
Stratasys J826 Print Tray with Ear Bud Packaging Prototypes
The J826 printer is intended for use by in-house and for-pay designers. Its multiple print modes, ranging from high speed to high quality, enable draft designs and production parts. I foresee OEMs and suppliers in the aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, defense, electronics and medical device industry gravitating to it. Given its price point, the J826 will also find a home in educational institutions, both secondary and post-secondary, ranging from architectural to medical programs.
I attended the Stratasys dealer event in February. There I learned that, under incoming CEO Yoav Zeif’s guidance, Stratasys will be striving to develop a sustainable growth path that includes new hardware, materials and software. Complementing its recent move into SLA, the company will continue building on its core FDM and PolyJet technologies by expanding into metal with its Layered Powder Metallurgy technology. Stratasys will also be developing software that further unlocks the value of its hardware and materials, in part by leveraging input from the 6,920,000 members of the GrabCAD community. And, as the 3D printer manufacturer with the greatest number of customer installations, Stratasys anticipates growth derived from its extensive service knowledge and application expertise.
For a more than 30 year old company that focused on either one or two 3D printing technologies for much of its history, Stratasys’ expanding product offering is telling. Today, there are numerous use cases in nearly every industry where companies have found there is money to be found in product design and development, within manufacturing and in the production of finished goods. The J826 is one example of 3D printers that offer tangible cost savings and revenue generating opportunities without necessarily producing finished goods.
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