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Materialise and Stratasys announce Dimension Magics

Materialise NV, which develops software for the rapid prototyping and manufacturing (RP&M) industry, and Dimension, a business unit of Stratasys, Inc., have teamed up to develop ‘Dimension Magics’, a customised version of Materialise’ Magics software specially tuned to the specific requirements of production on Dimension 3D printers.

Dimension desktop 3D printers – which include the Dimension 1200 and Dimension 768 Series – are networked, desktop modeling systems that produce functional 3D models directly from CAD systems, giving CAD users a fast and low-cost alternative for building functional 3D models.

Dimension 3D printers build accurate models layer by layer using durable ABS plastic, allowing users to evaluate design concepts, and test 3D prints for functionality, form and fit. Dimension say that theirs is the first large format desktop 3D printer that sells for less than $30,000, and that it incorporates many key features found in modeling systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars more.

According to Jonathan Cobb of Dimension: “We want to provide our customers with a powerful tool to get the very best from their Dimension 3D printer investment and this Dimension-specific version of Magics undoubtedly allows them to do so.”

Materialise, with headquarters in Belgium, started in 1990 in the sector of rapid prototyping. The company was profiled on this site back in 2004.

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