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Is 3D Printing a Load of Bull? Stratasys Doesn’t Think So

| MakerBot, Model Making, Objet, Stratasys | August 13, 2013

To mark their Investors and Analyst Day at NASDAQ Stratasys 3D printed a bull, the symbol of a healthy economy.

The bull was printed using a multi-material Objet Connex 3D printer and is based on the “Charging Bull” sculpture that sits in Wall Street. The bull’s horns and tail are printed in VeroWhite and the text and NASDAQ logo are printed in VeroBlack, with the bull’s body printed in a gray digital material which is a combination of the two. This allowed the designer to highlight details in the face and body to make the bull look more realistic.

“The original “Charging Bull” sculpture is 3,200 kilograms of bronze, but the Stratasys bull is a sleek, hand-held version. It was produced on a highly precise Stratasys Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printer, which allowed the designer to highlight the details in the face, tail, feet and musculature. Demonstrating the multi-material capabilities of the Connex line of 3D printers, the tail and horn are printed in VeroWhite, the text and logo in VeroBlack, and the body combines the two into a range of gray digital materials. The single print run required to produce this model was a snap!” – Stratasys blog.

Stratasys have been showcasing the Objet Connex printers recently by showing what sorts of models they can produce using several different materials in one single print. One of the more impressive demonstrations was the 3D printed ship in a bottle that used a transparent material to realistically simulate glass.

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Stratasys does seem to be the darling of Wall Street tech lovers as their stock has reached over the $100 mark for the first time this week. Their reported their Q2 results beat analysts’ estimates by $0.01, with $0.45 adjusted earnings and revenue was $106.5 million, beating expectations of $105.5 million.

With a recent merger with MakerBot and a “MakerBot Experience” retail deal with Microsoft, Stratasys are looking strong for the future in both the professional and consumer 3D printer market segments.

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