FISHER/UNITECH to Provide the First Cross-Over 3D Printer from Stratasys

The Fortus 250mc combines the convenience and affordability of a Dimension 3D Printer with the flexibility of a Fortus production system

Troy, Mich., July 19, 2011 - FISHER/UNITECH, a Stratasys reseller and partner for over 15 years, is now offering the new Fortus 250mc Production 3D Printer from Stratasys. The Fortus 250mc is the company's first cross-over system, combining the ease-of-use and affordability of a Dimension with the control of Insight Software. Insight Software drives the Fortus line of 3D Production Systems, and empowers users with added control of build speed, part accuracy and feature detail. Like all Stratasys systems, the Fortus 250mc utilizes the additive manufacturing technique and is based on the fused deposition modeling (FDM) process.


The Fortus 250mc addresses the needs of traditional 3D printer candidates, who want to move beyond prototyping into low volume production. The 250mc can be used to build functioning manufacturing tools like jigs and fixtures, to be used in the production process. Some users have found the FDM method to be a viable alternative to conventional metal-cutting manufacturing methods like milling, turning and boring. Additive manufacturing with a Fortus 250mc can be performed in-house, saving companies money on production, documentation, raw materials, and warehousing.

"We are excited to offer our customers an additive manufacturing solution for under $45,000, while still providing 3D printing and prototyping functionality with one system," said Joe Rocca, Director of Rapid Technology at FISHER/UNITECH. "The Fortus 250mc is a perfect fit for large and small machine shops alike looking to implement additive technology to their processes."

The Fortus 250mc has a 10x10x12 inch (254x254x305mm) build envelope and offers three build layer options; 0.007, 0.010 and 0.013 inches (0.178, 0.254 and 0.330mm.) To create parts, the machine uses ABSplus thermoplastic, which offers excellent mechanical properties, including impact strength, tensile strength, flexural strength, and bonding strength for tough, functional applications. ABSplus comes in ivory, white, blue, fluorescent yellow, black, red, nectarine, olive green and gray colors.

The Fortus 250mc uses Stratasys SR-30 soluble support material, which has a faster dissolve time than other soluble support materials.

The Fortus 250mc is supported by a 12-month warranty and is available now for shipment.

FISHER/UNITECH has two centrally-located Rapid Technology Centers in Troy, Michigan, and Schaumburg, Illinois. Each center is equipped with a Fortus 3D Production System with the ability to print parts using all available Stratasys plastics. FISHER/UNITECH has increased its commitment to Rapid Technology in 2011 with an expanded sales, service and support team that focuses solely on Stratasys solutions.

About Stratasys (www.stratasys.com)
Stratasys, Inc., Minneapolis, is a maker of additive manufacturing machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts. The company markets under the brands Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus Production 3D Printers. The company also operates RedEye On Demand, a digital manufacturing service for prototypes and production parts. According to Wohlers Report 2011, Stratasys had a 41 percent market share in 2010, and has been the unit market leader for the ninth consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM(R)) process. The process creates functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company holds more than 285 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally. Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, business & industrial equipment, education, architecture, and consumer-product industries.

About FISHER/UNITECH (www.funtech.com)
FISHER/UNITECH, established in 1993, provides Product Lifecycle Management solutions to discrete manufacturing companies. The company's focus is on process improvement for product development. Process improvement is obtained through the integration of advanced software solutions to replace legacy systems. The applications are focused on design, engineering and manufacturing. Professional services are offered for design automation and data management which provides customers with a full service, one-stop source for complex PLM systems. The company offers advanced web-based delivery of education programs with its interactive, instructor-led 3DU. Please visit the company's website at (http://www.funtech.com) or call 800-816-8314.

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