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Why 3D Printing Is Useful Everywhere
Apr 10, 2018


Stratasys technology is challenging the status quo in manufacturing, health care, education — even outer space.

Learn how PolyJet 3D printing and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology can help you think faster, innovate better and broaden horizons.



Aerospace engineers rely on patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology for prototyping, tooling and part manufacturing. FDM works with high-performance thermoplastics, including ULTEM 9085, to build jigs, fixtures, check gauges and end-use aircraft parts. Designers in aerospace have long embraced FDM for concept modeling and prototyping.

NASA engineers use 3D printing to build a next-generation rover to support humans exploring other worlds, such as asteroids and, eventually, Mars. Check it out: 


PolyJet 3D printing technology produces astonishingly smooth, detailed architectural models in an array of materials, including rigid photopolymers ready for painting. For models that must bear loads or take abuse, Fused DepositionModeling (FDM) Technology builds strong parts in production-grade thermoplastics.

3D Printing is a Game Changer for Architecture Design. Piet Meijs of Rietveld Architects demonstrates how the firm’s Objet 3D Printer helps it drastically improve architectural model production, communicate with clients and secure more projects. 



For resilient prototypes and parts made from high-performance engineering thermoplastics, Stratasys offers patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology. For beautiful models requiring rubberlike or clear materials with a smooth finish right out of the 3D printer, we offer PolyJet technology-based 3D printers. 3D printing used to develop the Urbee Hybrid Car:

Consumer Goods

Industrial designers, mechanical engineers, packaging designers, graphic artists and marketing staff all use prototypes to understand a product’s aesthetic and functional appeal. 3D printing gives your idea the speed to match its brilliance.

For astonishingly realistic appearance in a 3D printed model, Stratasys PolyJet 3D printers work with an impressive array of materials including clear, flexible and rigid. Design reviews and focus-group sessions can be more productive with lifelike prototypes.

For prototypes built from production-grade thermoplastics, Stratasys offers patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology. FDM 3D printers work with ABS, PC and other thermoplastics, so you can build prototypes from the same material as the finished product. Get your concept off the starter’s block in record time.

See how Thogus Products chooses FDM Technology to re-invent itself:


For ultra-detailed prototypes with smooth surfaces and flexible materials, Stratasys PolyJet digital materials let defense engineers and designers select the precise properties they need for each part. Multi-material 3D printers produce parts with mixed materials on a single build tray.For tough prototypes that withstand harsh functional testing, and end-use parts and quick replacement parts that can take chemical exposure and extreme temperatures, Stratasys patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology uses production-grade materials, including high-performance thermoplastics like PC and ULTEM 9085.


3D printing takes the efficiencies of digital design to the production stage. By combining oral scanning, CAD/CAM design and 3D printing, dental labs can accurately and rapidly produce crowns, bridges, stone models and a range of orthodontic appliances.

With a 3D printer doing the hard work, dental labs eliminate the bottleneck of manual modeling and let the business grow. For those eager for the day when everything from scheduling to finished restoration can be achieved digitally and automatically, the future is here.



Tomorrow’s engineers, designers and problem solvers deserve every tool available to build a brilliant future. 3D printing fuels limitless creativity when students get to see, hold and test their ideas in real space.

Bringing 3D printing into the classroom exposes learners to the same cutting-edge technologies they’ll encounter in their careers. It gives them a jump-start on tomorrow’s challenges. For researchers, Stratasys 3D Printing breaks barriers with unmatched material capabilities, including impressive detail, precision and durability.


For highly accurate surgical guides and prototypes that mimic the look and feel of the finished medical device, including clear and rubberlike materials, Stratasys offers Objet 3D Printing. Digital material 3D printers can output a range of textures from rigid to flexible.

For strong tooling, custom fixtures and end-use parts, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology works with production-grade materials, including high-performance thermoplastics.

Both technologies offer biocompatible materials, so you can take advantage of 3D printing’s scalability and geometric capabilities in patient care and advanced experimental work.