As a new powder bed fusion process, Stratasys’s new selective absorption fusion (SAF) technology promises to deliver high-volume parts at attractive prices. Upon announcing its first SAF system alongside two other machines, company hopes that SAF will be the polymer technology that ushers in a new era of millions of end-use polymer parts being used by many industries.
Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) also knows that 3D printing is just one part of the entire production process. Parts have to be depowdered and often receive surface treatment of some kind. They can then be dyed, as well. Only then will the part be able to leave the shop. For costs to be lowered, efficient post finishing is essential. At the same time, if we want to offer millions of parts quality must be assured. We will need repeatable results and consistency in surface finish and part performance.
So, Stratasys has taken the step of partnering with DyeMansion to develop a reference architecture that encompasses the entire process from shape to finished product. Through optimizing dye’s for SAF parts and dialing in the right parameters in every process step, the combined DyeMansion-Stratasys workflow is meant to finish parts consistently. This is