Market Overview

MakerBot Launches Method, the First Performance 3D Printer


MakerBot Method Breaks Price-Performance Barriers, Making Industrial
3D Printing Features Accessible to Individual Designers and Engineers;

Enables Unlimited Design Freedom, Dimensionally Accurate Prints, and
a High Degree of Reliability Previously only Available on Industrial

the pioneer of desktop 3D printing, introduces a new category for the
professional segment with the launch of Method, the first performance 3D
printer. Performance 3D Printing bridges the gap between desktop and
industrial 3D printing by bringing features that were previously only
available on industrial 3D printers to professionals at a significantly
lower cost. Method
leverages industrial technologies and expertise from Stratasys® (NASDAQ: SSYS) and combines it with the accessibility and ease of use for which
MakerBot is known.

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Industrial technologies on the MakerBot
Method 3D printer
include a Circulating Heated Chamber, Dual
Performance Extruders, Precision PVA Water Soluble Supports, Dry-Sealed
Material Bays, and an Ultra-Rigid Metal Frame. Method also includes
built-in sensors and automation features that are designed to provide
users with a seamless experience. The printer's industrial features
control the 3D printing process to deliver a high level of precision,
reliability, and dimensional accuracy at an accessible price. This
technological breakthrough defines the new Performance 3D Printing

"In an age of disruption, businesses are under pressure to innovate and
bring products to market faster. Current desktop 3D printers derive
their DNA from hobbyist 3D printers and are insufficient for many
applications in the professional segment," said Nadav Goshen, MakerBot
CEO. "We believe that Method is the next step in helping organizations
adopt 3D printing at a larger scale. Method provides a breakthrough in
3D printing that enables industrial designers and mechanical engineers
to innovate faster and become more agile. It is built for professionals
who need immediate access to a 3D printer that can deliver industrial
performance to accelerate their design cycles. Method is developed to
bring industrial technologies into an accessible platform, breaking the
price-performance barrier and redefining rapid prototyping in the

Method is designed to deliver industrial reliability and precision by
carefully controlling every aspect of the 3D print environment,
resulting in repeatable and consistent parts with ± 0.2 mm dimensional
accuracy1 as well as vertical layer uniformity and
cylindricity. Until now, this level of precision has been limited to
industrial-grade 3D printers. The dual extrusion system found in Method
combined with water-soluble PVA provides a superior surface finish, and
enables unlimited design freedom and unrestricted geometries, such as
complex overhangs without scarring.

Method allows users to turn their CAD files to parts faster by providing
a seamless and reliable workflow without tinkering, up to 2X faster
print speeds than desktop 3D printers2. Method offers
out-of-the-box deployment and a hassle-free guided setup, making it easy
to install and use. Method also includes automated maintenance
procedures and support to ensure a smooth and seamless user experience.

Method delivers industrial-level performance at one-third of the
first-year cost of ownership of an entry-level industrial 3D printer.
With Method, teams can reduce design risks by testing and validating
prototypes with accuracy early and often, minimizing potential cost
overruns later in production. It is also designed to provide an elevated
level of speed and control into product design cycles while reducing
production costs – helping businesses bring products to market faster.

Industrial Reliability and Precision

From concept validation to functional part performance, Method
is created to deliver consistent print results that match design

  • The Circulating Heated Chamber controls the temperature
    and quality of every layer. In providing full active heat immersion
    during the entire duration of the print, Method allows printed
    materials to cool at a controlled rate, providing higher dimensional
    accuracy while improving layer adhesion and part strength.
  • Dual Performance Extruders are built for high-speed printing
    without compromising part accuracy. A dual-drive gear system grips the
    material securely while a powerful 19:1 gear ratio provides up to 3X
    the push force of a typical desktop 3D printer. This allows Method to
    provide a consistent feed of material into the hot end to produce
    consistent geometry. The new lengthened thermal core is up to 50%
    longer than a standard desktop hot end to enable faster extrusion
    rates, and allows for smooth extrusion throughout its high-speed
    movements and accelerations.
  • Precision PVA Dissolvable Supports enable fast and easy support
    removal without compromising part design or dimensional accuracy.
    Water-soluble PVA provides unrestricted geometric freedom and superior
    print quality and surface finish without the need for harsh solvents
    of industrial 3D printers or manual labor of removing breakaway
  • Dry-Sealed Material Bays form a seal to keep filament material
    pristine and reduce moisture absorption. A suite of built-in sensors
    monitors humidity and alerts users of any changes to the environment—a
    feature previously only available on industrial 3D printers. This
    feature is especially crucial for water-soluble PVA, which quickly
    absorbs moisture when left in the open with devastating consequences
    on print quality.
  • MakerBot Materials for Method are manufactured to exacting
    diameter and quality specifications. Shipped in a vacuum-sealed
    metalized polyester bag, quality can be preserved right up until
    opening. MakerBot offers two categories of materials for use with
    Method: Precision and Specialty. Precision Materials are
    extensively tested by MakerBot for the highest reliability and
    measurably accurate parts and include MakerBot Tough, MakerBot PLA,
    and MakerBot PVA. Specialty Materials are for users looking for
    materials with advanced properties to push the limits of what's
    possible. These materials provide basic print performance and can
    require additional workflow steps to print successfully. The first
    material on the platform is PETG, one of the most widely used polymers
    with excellent engineering properties, with more to follow.
  • The Ultra-Rigid Metal Frame runs the full length of the Method
    body to offset flexing. Less flexing means more consistent prints with
    better part accuracy and fewer failures.

Faster, Better 3D Printing

Method makes industrial 3D printing technologies accessible to
individual designers and engineers. Advanced workflow features turn
Method into an everyday tool that accelerates the agile design process.
Users can turn their CAD files to parts faster and print up to 2X faster
than desktop 3D printers.

  • The Smart Spool provides valuable information, including type,
    color, and amount of material remaining via an RFID chip directly to
    MakerBot Print, while desiccant in the spool maintains a low moisture
    level inside the drawer bay.
  • The 5" Capacitive Touchscreen provides the latest status
    updates of current print jobs and allows users to navigate the menus
    in the most intuitive way.
  • MakerBot Print Software easily integrates with 25 of the most
    popular CAD programs to allow designers and engineers to design with
    what they know best. For easy collaboration, teams can also save 3D
    files as projects and share them via the native Cloud Management
    platform. Method's built-in onboard camera also allows users to
    monitor their print progress remotely with MakerBot Print or the
    MakerBot Mobile app.
  • The Spring Steel Build Plate provides true flatness for
    unyielding part accuracy and enables the printed part to pop off the

The MakerBot Method 3D printer has been tested by MakerBot for over
220,000 hours of system reliability, subsystem, and print quality testing3.

Shipping of Method is expected to begin in Q1 2019. Pre-orders are now
available. To learn more about the MakerBot Method 3D printer, visit

MakerBot also has dedicated business offerings that are created to
reduce downtime and keep teams moving. To learn more about Method for
Business, visit

About MakerBot

a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS), is a global leader in the
3D printing industry. We help create the innovators of today and the
businesses and learning institutions of the future. Founded in 2009 in
Brooklyn, NY, MakerBot strives to redefine the standards for 3D printing
for reliability, accessibility, precision, and ease-of-­use. Through
this dedication, MakerBot has one of the largest install bases in the
industry and also runs Thingiverse, the largest 3D printing community in
the world. We believe there's an innovator in everyone, so we make the
3D printing tools that make your ideas matter. Discover innovation with
MakerBot 3D printing.

To learn more about MakerBot, visit

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release relating to Stratasys' and/or
MakerBot's beliefs regarding the benefits consumers will experience from
the MakerBot Method 3D Printer and its features, and MakerBot Materials
for Method, Stratasys' and MakerBot's expectation on the timing of
shipping the MakerBot Method 3D Printer and MakerBot Materials for
Method, are forward-looking statements reflecting management's current
expectations and beliefs. These forward-looking statements are based on
current information that is, by its nature, subject to rapid and even
abrupt change. Due to risks and uncertainties associated with Stratasys'
and MakerBot's businesses, actual results could differ materially from
those projected or implied by these forward-looking statements. These
risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that
consumers will not perceive the benefits of the MakerBot Method 3D
Printer and MakerBot Materials for Method to be the same as Stratasys
and MakerBot do; the risk that unforeseen technical difficulties will
delay the shipping of the MakerBot Method 3D Printer and MakerBot
Materials for Method; and other risk factors set forth under the caption
"Risk Factors" in Stratasys' most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F,
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 28,
2018. Stratasys (or MakerBot) is under no obligation (and expressly
disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, except as otherwise required by the rules and regulations of
the SEC.

1 ± 0.2 mm or ± 0.002 mm per mm of travel (whichever is
greater). Based on internal testing of selected geometries.
2 Based on internal print speed testing compared to
popular desktop 3D printers when using the same layer height and
infill density settings. Dependent upon object geometry.
3 Expected total amount of testing to be completed prior
to shipping.

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