Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Dimension 3D printer line. Introduced in 2002 at $29,900, the Dimension 3D Printer opened new possibilities for designers; it is a reliable, compact, simple-to-use machine. Its introduction enabled designers to not only produce models for design verification, but also to test function because the printer uses the same durable ABS plastic used in today’s end products. The system’s compact size and networking capabilities also made it ideal for an office environment, enabling product design teams easier access to model making.
“Dimension laid the foundation for the 3D printing revolution we’re seeing today,” says Stratasys CEO Scott Crump. “It opened the door to a whole new demographic of users that previously couldn’t access additive manufacturing.”
Today, Dimension 3D printers represent the majority of Stratasys’ installed base: a base that accounts for a 41% global market share, and includes other Stratasys brands Fortus and uPrint 3D Printers. Stratasys has shipped 15,839 systems since its founding, according to Wohlers Report 2011.
All Stratasys 3D printer brands, uPrint, Dimension and Fortus, employ Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, which was invented and patented by Scott Crump.