Stratasys Ltd. is developing a new metal additive-manufacturing (AM) platform that is designed to displace conventional methods for short-run manufacturing. It will directly address the needs of customers whose requirements include the production of pilot-series parts; small-batch manufacturing during product ramp-up and end-of-life; and customized, lightweight and complex parts.

Incorporating the company’s proprietary jetting technology, the platform is designed to provide the values of AM for short-run production while overcoming the material limitations of currently available metal-based AM systems. According to Stratasys, the technology will offer customers the ability to short-run manufacture metal parts made with commonly used powder metallurgy, starting with aluminum, at an economically competitive cost-per-part and throughput with easy-to-implement post-processing and high part quality.