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Distribution agreement offers Magics software with FDM systems

20 June 2007

Materialise and Stratasys have finalised a worldwide distribution agreement whereby Stratasys will offer Materialise’ Magics RP software with its FDM systems. The formal joint announcement was issued by Stratasys CEO Scott Crump and Wilfried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise.

“We’re proud to team up again with Stratasys, a company renowned worldwide as a technical innovator,” said Vancraen, noting that this is the second partnership agreement the two companies have signed this year. The first, which was announced in February, centered on the development of a specialized version of Magics for Dimension. Dimension is a Stratasys business unit that manufactures 3D printers.

Both Materialise and Stratasys consider their collaboration on Magics for FDM a further indicator of how strongly they’re aligned. “Magics’ integrated tools will play a key role in Stratasys’ goal of providing a total solution for users of their FDM systems,” Vancraen said. “Users can expect to see exceptional part quality, high throughput and increased ability to build large parts.”

Magics RP is a full range of software products that streamline, automate and provide more power to every step in the RP&M process: cuttingparts to fit on the build platform; hollowing models to save material and build time; Z compensation; labeling; and three-dimensional geometry nesting to minimize build height and time. A major element of Magics’ success within the RP&M industry has been its capability both for importing a wide range of CAD files and for exporting files ready for rapid prototyping, tooling and manufacturing. It also allows the user to repair and optimize 3D models, analyze parts and perform process-related design changes on STL files.

“This agreement demonstrates our commitment to delivering cutting-edgeprototyping and manufacturing solutions to our customers,” said Scott Crump. “And expanding our products and services through Magics RP will help them substantially improve their bottom line and enhance their competitive position.” He added that the companies are in the exploration stage of negotiating distribution agreements for additional Materialise products. Chief among these are 3-matic, a forward-engineering application, and Mimics, which translates CT or MRI data into complete 3D models. Separate agreements would define the terms of those partnerships.

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