Stratasys (Minneapolis, Minnesota) has announced the 10th anniversary of its Dimension line of 3D printers. According to the company, the line has brought 3D printing technology to a broad audience and accelerated the trend of 3D printer use in the market.
Introduced in 2002 at $29,900, the Dimension 3D Printer provided a reliable, compact, easy-to-use machine at a low cost, the company says. It adds that the fact that the printer uses the same ABS plastic used in many end products enabled designers to not only produce models for design verification, but also to test functionality. The machine’s compact size and networking capabilities also made it useful for an office environment.
Today, the line represents the majority of the company’s installed base, which also includes its Fortus and uPrint 3D printers and accounts for 41 percent of global market share, the company says. All the company’s brands employ Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology.