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Stratasys has announced it has officially named its high-end FDM systems as Fortus 3D Production Systems.

The Fortus product line comprises four systems with build envelopes ranging from 12.585 litres to more than 508 litres.

All can produce parts from production-grade thermoplastics, direct from CAD files, making them effective for either precision prototyping or direct digital manufacturing applications.

Woody Frost, vice-president of international sales and marketing at Fortus, said: ‘Since Stratasys introduced Dimension and Redeye as individual brands several years ago, there has been some confusion about the identity of our flagship product line.

‘By branding this line as Fortus, we aim to give it a distinct and powerful brand name.’ Direct digital manufacturing (DDM) refers to the ability to make working parts directly from 3D CAD files.

The market has been growing as manufacturers seek faster and cheaper methods of production for short-runs of end-use parts or manufacturing tools (used in the production of other goods).

Wohlers Associates, a consulting firm focused on rapid product development, estimated that the market for direct digital manufacturing over the past five years grew from about four per cent to nearly 15 per cent of the additive fabrication market.

Frost added: ‘We have customers using direct digital manufacturing to produce jigs, fixtures and other manufacturing tools in less than a quarter of the time and at a fraction of the price of traditional processes.’

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