Stratasys CEO Ilan Levin summed up the company’s latest stage of its partnership with breakthrough metals 3D printing outfit Desktop Metal (DM) succinctly: “Today’s announcement takes this commitment one step further.”
How far this relationship will progress is tricky to plan for, yet given the level of early investment Stratasys already has, it would surprise few if a full scale acquisition happened further down the line.
For now though, the aim is to empower global manufacturers and engineers, to “expedite product development cycles by producing both plastic and metal parts in office-friendly and production-based environments,” as Levin said while announcing the news at the Rapid event in Pittsburg, USA.
On a base level, DM will be able to call upon nearly three decades of Stratasys market leadership in polymer 3D printing, as well as its distribution channels and service support; vital for any newcomer to go head on into the market.
Expected to ship this September, DM’s Studio System is the first office-friendly metal 3D printing solution.
“Working with well-respected strategic partners like Stratasys adds critical capabilities for broadening access to our metal 3D printing systems,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal.
“The addition of Stratasys’ network of resellers allows us to deliver more effectively to our market and also enables Stratasys’ customers to gain access to Desktop Metal’s systems while retaining the service and support they have come to expect.”