Ann R. Thryft

December 13, 2011

2 Min Read
3D Printing Gets Low-Cost Lease Option

Stratasys has become the first 3D printer company to offer a monthly lease option for bundled printer, software, and supplies. For less than the average monthly cost of outsourcing a single model or part, engineers can lease a professional uPrint printer, software, and all necessary supplies. The move comes as a logical extension of existing trends.

Bundled uPrint Print Packs include new special-edition versions of the company's uPrint 3D printer, the uPrint SE and uPrint SE Plus. Also included are CatalystEX software, startup supplies, a support removal system, and a cleaning station. The monthly lease price is $290 and $380, respectively, compared to the average price for getting a part made in a service bureau, which is $400, Jon Cobb, vice president of marketing for Stratasys, told Design News.

"There are three main differences between this offering and the previous uPrint printer," says Cobb. "We lowered the price on the 3D printing product by about 10 percent. We also increased the volume of the canister, the filament supply, by 30 percent. We added a new support material, based on a new filament called SR-30, which allows supports in both uPrint SE and uPrint SE Plus to be dissolved using water, a faster way than in the past."


The new uPrint special edition machines replace the original uPrint and uPrint Plus. Instead of the 30 cubic inches available in the original uPrint series, material spools now contain 42 cubic inches of material. This requires less frequent spool changes and gives engineers the option of longer unattended print runs than before. Both printers use SR-30 soluble support material, which dissolves up to 50 percent faster in an agitation tank than the older support material, speeding part production. Like previous models, the new printers are designed for office use without the need for a dedicated operator, and maintain the small footprint of 25 inches by 26 inches.

About the Author(s)

Ann R. Thryft

Ann R. Thryft has written about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for Design News, EE Times, Test & Measurement World, EDN, RTC Magazine, COTS Journal, Nikkei Electronics Asia, Computer Design, and Electronic Buyers' News (EBN). She's introduced readers to several emerging trends: industrial cybersecurity for operational technology, industrial-strength metals 3D printing, RFID, software-defined radio, early mobile phone architectures, open network server and switch/router architectures, and set-top box system design. At EBN Ann won two independently judged Editorial Excellence awards for Best Technology Feature. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a Certified Business Communicator certificate from the Business Marketing Association (formerly B/PAA).

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