Cideas Increases 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing Capacity

Cideas, Inc., a leading Rapid Prototyping, Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) and 3D Printing company, today announced the purchase and installation of two (2) Fortus 900mc 3D Production Systems. This purchase solidifies Cideas as the world's largest independently owned FDM service center.

The Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) equipment, purchased from the Fortus Group of Stratasys Inc., comes as a direct response to an increased demand from existing as well as new customers requiring larger 3D printed thermoplastic and end-use parts which offer a high level of accuracy, durability and repeatability.

“In a response to our ever growing and diverse audience, these Fortus 900mc's enable us to expand our target market and offer new exotic plastics such as Ultem 9085, to customers who would normally be limited to CNC machining or injection molding. Now these customers can create more complex and larger 3D printed end-use parts quickly, without the extraordinary expense imposed by other methods,” said Cideas President Mike Littrell. “With our current capacity and ability to provide all legacy materials, this acquisition enables Cideas, unlike any other FDM bureau, to offer every available material by the manufacturer including our own custom blends.”

With a build envelope of 36”x 24”x 36”, the Fortus 900mc offers the industry’s largest build platform. “Although Cideas offers up to seven different material choices on the 900mc, the focus is truly on Ultem 9085. Ultem 9085 and FDM are a perfect match for the automotive, medical and aerospace industries due to its high heat deflection, chemical resistance and FST (flame, smoke and toxicity) rating," stated Littrell.

Cideas is proudly free of rush charges, pricing minimums and holiday/weekend rates. Cideas also maintains a full service in-house model shop to compliment its many available 3D printing services.

Founded in 1998, Cideas is the largest independently owned service provider of the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology. Their new state of the art Chicago-land based facility was specifically designed to house the ever growing 17+ FDM Systems supporting over 13 different FDM materials such as: ABS-M30, M30i, ABS-ESD7, PC-ABS, PC-ISO, PC, ULTEM 9085, PPSF / PPSU, P400, and ABS F1. In addition to FDM, the company offers an additional 15+ materials with Polyjet Printing, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA),

Urethane Casting, CAD Engineering and full model finishing services. Cideas is a member of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

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