Stratasys Introduces Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator

The modular 3D printing solution was created with an eye toward low-volume, continuous production.

Stratasys has introduced the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator, an expandable 3D printing platform intended for low-volume, continuous production. The platform is composed of a modular unit with multiple 3D print cells working simultaneously and driven by a central, cloud-based architecture. Designed to work with only minimal operator intervention, the system automatically ejects completed parts and commences new ones. 

Each 3D print cell can produce a different job to help enable mass customization projects, the company says. Additional cells can be added to the scalable platform to increase production capacity as demand requires. Automatic queue management, load balancing and architecture redundancy further lead to accelerated throughput as jobs are automatically routed to available print cells. If a single print cell fails, the job will be automatically rerouted to the next available cell.

Target applications include education, rapid prototyping labs and environments that can benefit from zero tooling production and from a zero inventory supply chain, says Stratasys.

A variety of Stratasys customers, including designers and manufacturers, have begun using the Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator. Commercial product availability has not yet been announced.