PTC and Stratasys are looking to deliver their shared vision of delivering design for 3D printing in mainstream CAD by joining forces for PTC’s Creo 3.0 software.
The new integrated workflow aims to streamline the 3D printing experience by allowing users to perform informed design specification, file preparation, print optimisation and print execution for Stratasys 3D Printing Solutions from within the PTC Creo environment.
The first 3D printer to take full advantage of the new joint solution is the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 multi-material system, with further integration for additional Stratasys 3D Printing Solutions planned for future releases.
At present, designers and manufacturers typically need to use multiple tools along with 3D CAD software for the design. PTC and Stratasys are aiming to limit the disconnect between the process.
“In sharing a common vision of the future of additive manufacturing, Stratasys and PTC have forged a close relationship that begins to benefit our common customers today,” said Mike Campbell, executive VP, CAD, PTC.
“I’m excited about the impact I believe our collaboration will have on new designs across all industries as additive manufacturing continues to grow in production usage, and as our integration and respective products’ capabilities continuously improve.”
PTC Creo 3.0 new features for 3D printing:
– Connect and define settings for multiple printers
– Print parts and assemblies directly from PTC Creo Parametric
– Identify printability issues on your design to increase accuracy
– Scale, position, and show a clipped view of the model and probable support material on the tray
– Assign materials, colours, and a glossy or matte finish to the model
– Automatically optimise the position of the model in the tray for printing
– Save the CAD data, model translation, and position in the tray as one STL file
– Calculate the required amount of build and support materials
”Lowering the barriers involved in designing for 3D printing and unlocking the vast potential of additive manufacturing are primary goals of Stratasys’ strategic vision,” said Dan Yalon, executive VP, business development, Stratasys.
“By cooperating together, PTC and Stratasys intend to bring significant value to our customers – making additive manufacturing more accessible while providing practical, easy-to-use tools for designing and manufacturing using 3D printing.”