What is the Materials Matrix?

At Harvest Tech, we strive to provide detailed information on our services and materials to our clients. In order to better serve our clients we created a simple Materials Matrix for a close look on the select materials we currently have on inventory and match it with the build processes (stereolithography and laser sintering).

Materials for Stereolithography & Laser Sintering

We created the Materials Matrix as a quick guide to the best materials for these 3D printing processes. Let’s go through a few of our favorite materials for stereolithography and laser sintering.

Stereolithography (SL)

Somos NeXt ®

Somos NeXt ® resin takes on all the aesthetic of thermoplastics, with a higher impact resistance than other SL resins. Somos Next® can produce highly detailed and accurate parts with improved moisture resistance as well. Overall, this material is great for parts and prototypes requiring more strength and durability.

WaterShed® XC 11122

WaterShed® XC 11122  simulates the aesthetic properties of translucent/transparent engineered plastics with exceptional chemical and moisture resistance. This material also displays high dimensional stability. WaterShed® XC 11122 is a nearly colorless material that can be post-processed for either a frosted or clear finish. .

Laser Sintering (LS)

Nylon PA

Nylon PA is a durable nylon 12 material that is best for testing functional prototypes. Featuring low moisture absorption and high chemical resistance, this material has a good surface finish and fulfills autoclave sterilization requirements, making it perfect for medical applications.

Nylon EX

Nylon EX is a nylon 11 material that is impact resistant and operates much like injection-molded polypropylene. This material is great for any parts requiring toughness and high impact resistance. Although Nylon EX provides superior strength, it is still able to produce moderate detail and aesthetic quality on parts. It also provides smooth surface finishing and high dimensional stability. Nylon EX works well for living hinge designs as well.

Now that you got the basics of the Materials Matrix, contact Harvest Technologies for more information regarding our rapid manufacturing services.

 

 

I am writing to share some important news about the future of Harvest Technologies.  Earlier today, we announced that Harvest Technologies has reached an agreement to be acquired by Stratasys, a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions.  Stratasys has also announced an agreement to acquire Solid Concepts, making our team one of the largest independent additive manufacturing parts providers in North America.  Stratasys plans to combine Harvest Technologies, Solid Concepts and RedEye – its digital manufacturing service business – to create a leading strategic platform to meet your additive manufacturing needs through an expanded technology and business offering.

Stratasys is a publicly traded company with nearly $500 million in revenues in 2013, offering a range of systems, consumables and services for additive manufacturing.  Its offering of 3D printing consumable materials is among the widest in the industry.  Stratasys shares our commitment to innovation and customer service and we are confident that your needs will continue to be met once we combine our efforts.

Our strengths in additive manufacturing will complement Stratasys’ robust portfolio, and as part of a stronger and larger company, we expect to have the ability to offer you solutions based on multiple technologies that address a broad spectrum of your additive manufacturing needs.

Until the transactions close, which we expect to occur early in the upcoming third quarter, we will continue to operate as separate companies.  Upon closing, Joe Allison, President of Solid Concepts, will join the Stratasys management team and lead the combined parts business, supported by the strong management teams of Solid Concepts, RedEye and Harvest Technologies, including myself, David K. Leigh, President.

As we work towards completing this transaction, it is business as usual.  Until closing, there will be no changes in your relationship with Harvest, and your day-to-day contacts will remain the same.  You can expect the same innovative offerings and outstanding service from Harvest.  Once the transaction is complete, we look forward to offering you an even wider range of products and services.  As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact Lewis Simms (lsimms@harvest-tech.com), or our sales team: Eric Jackson (ejackson@harvest-tech.com), Bry Ewan (bewan@harvest-tech.com).

We appreciate your business and thank you for your continued support.

 

Sincerely,

 

David K. Leigh

President of Harvest Technologies

 

Transactions Create a Leading Strategic Platform to Meet Customers’ Additive Manufacturing Needs, Driving Further Adoption of Stratasys’ Additive Manufacturing Solutions

Provides Stratasys with Significant Manufacturing and End-Use Parts Production Capabilities, Capacity and Process Knowhow

Transactions Expected to be Accretive to Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share Within First 12 Months After Closing

MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two privately-held companies, Solid Concepts Inc. and Harvest Technologies. Solid Concepts is the largest independent additive manufacturing service bureau in North America and a fast-growing partner to RedEye, Stratasys’ existing digital manufacturing service business. The transactions are expected to be completed early in the upcoming third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions, and are expected to be accretive to Stratasys’ Non-GAAP earnings per share within the first 12 months after closing. Upon completion of the transactions, Stratasys will combine Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies with RedEye to establish one additive manufacturing services business unit. Joe Allison, President of Solid Concepts, will join the Stratasys management team and lead the combined parts business, supported by the strong management teams of Solid Concepts, Harvest Technologies, and RedEye.

Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies are leading providers of additive manufacturing services. With the addition of Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies, Stratasys is creating a leading strategic platform focused on meeting customers’ additive manufacturing needs through an expanded technology and business offering. Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies provide Stratasys with significant manufacturing and end-use parts production capabilities, infrastructure, capacity and process knowhow, which are expected to accelerate and enable further adoption of additive manufacturing. The combination of Solid Concepts’ deep knowledge of manufacturing and vertical focus, such as medical and aerospace, and Harvest Technologies’ experience in parts production, as well as materials and systems knowhow, together with RedEye, strengthens Stratasys’ direct digital manufacturing and parts production expertise.

Solid Concepts, based in Valencia, California, is an industry pioneer, having provided additive manufacturing solutions to customers since its founding in 1991. Solid Concepts has developed extensive U.S.-based capacity and infrastructure with six U.S. facilities staffed by approximately 450 employees. Solid Concepts maintains a broad variety of technology platforms and processes for additive manufacturing and serves a diverse customer base across a wide range of verticals, including medical, aerospace, and industrial, among others. Solid Concepts provides an overarching platform that, with the integration of Harvest Technologies and RedEye, is expected to create a comprehensive additive manufacturing solution provider. Solid Concepts generated revenues of approximately $65 million in 2013.

Harvest Technologies, based in Belton, Texas, is a specialty additive manufacturing service bureau established in 1995, with approximately 80 employees. Harvest Technologies has deep manufacturing process knowhow and focuses on advanced end use parts applications. Harvest Technologies was the first additive manufacturing company in North America to become AS9100/ISO 9001 certified, and continues to produce end-use parts for multiple industries.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement with Solid Concepts, Stratasys will acquire Solid Concepts for total consideration of up to $295 million, including a payment on closing of $172 million (or, if settled in cash, part on closing and part six months after closing), deferred payments of $60 million and up to $63 million in retention-related payments. Subject to certain requirements for cash payments, Stratasys retains discretion to settle any of the amounts payable under both the definitive agreement and the retention plan in either Stratasys shares, cash or any combination of the two. The value of a portion of the purchase price as well as the deferred and retention-related payments may increase or decrease in line with the market price of Stratasys shares.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement with Harvest Technologies, Stratasys will acquire Harvest Technologies for an undisclosed amount, including retention-related payments, payable in cash, shares or a combination thereof.

“We are pleased to announce these strategic transactions, which will enable us to provide customers with a comprehensive offering that addresses a broad spectrum of additive manufacturing solutions,” said Stratasys CEO David Reis. “With Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies, together with RedEye, we expect to create a strategic platform to meet our customers’ additive manufacturing requirements by significantly expanding our offering, targeting new applications, and strengthening our customer relationships. As our customers’ requirements continue to expand, we must evolve to create full service offerings that provide a variety of technologies and custom manufacturing solutions and focus on high-end production applications. Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies are industry pioneers and innovators in the additive manufacturing space. In acquiring these two unique companies, Stratasys is gaining a broad solutions offering with technologies and decades of application and manufacturing experience which, together with RedEye, are expected to create an industry-leading additive manufacturing and parts production platform.”

“These transactions are consistent with our core strategic imperatives and M&A strategy, which is focused on acquiring leading companies to support our goal of continued leadership in the segments in which we operate, as well as reaching new niche verticals,” Mr. Reis continued. “We will apply our integration expertise to combine Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies with our existing RedEye digital manufacturing service business to form a single business unit focused on additive manufacturing services. Importantly, with our shared cultures of innovation and customer service, we believe this will be a smooth transition. We look forward to welcoming the talented teams of Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies to Stratasys – we are confident we have a very bright future together.”

Joe Allison, President of Solid Concepts, said, “We are excited to be joining forces with Stratasys, a global leader in 3D printing and additive manufacturing. As part of a larger company with a broad customer reach and market coverage, Solid Concepts will be even better positioned to meet the significant demand for our additive manufacturing offerings. We look forward to working with Stratasys to ensure a smooth and orderly integration of our businesses.”

David K. Leigh, President of Harvest Technologies, said, “We are delighted to join forces with Stratasys and Solid Concepts in a transaction that will enhance Harvest Technologies’ leadership in producing end use parts using the most advanced additive manufacturing technologies and processes.”

 

(To read the full press release, please click here)

 

1. Make sure your design follows the contest rules and design guidelines!

  • Design cannot exceed 5x5x5”
  • Design materials must be either Nylon GF or SLA.
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  • We will announce the winner on March 17, 2014.
  • The winner will receive a free 3D printed model of their design.
  • The winning design will also be showcased at the Harvest Technologies office.

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