MakerBot and Stratasys have recently declared a sales partnership program that allows both companies to extend the cross-selling of their products and opens the door for sales partners to offer MakerBot and Stratasys 3D Printers. MakerBot is also launching a training program to familiarize Stratasys resellers and distributors with MakerBot products so they are better positioned to consult customers on the full product portfolio. Both companies’ 3D printers fit into different stages of the product design and development cycle.
Both companies’ 3D printers complement each other and can help companies and educational institutions shorten product development cycles and be more creative. MakerBot 3D Printers allow low-cost, early-stage prototyping. Once a design is iterated upon and finalized on a MakerBot, the engineer can send their design to a Stratasys 3D Printer to print the final product or a high quality prototype that meets the needs of more sophisticated product testing.
Stratasys helps professional customers with prototyping, tooling, manufacturing and many other aspects of product development. Organizations, hospitals and educators without access to Stratasys 3D Printers can start prototyping on a MakerBot and then use Stratasys Direct Manufacturing (SDM) to have high quality 3D prints and parts delivered in a variety of colours and materials.