When the City of Stockholm commissioned Swedish model-making company Mitekgruppen to produce a scale model of the city, the team knew they had to find an alternative to traditional handmade modeling methods. The replica was supposed to be part of a six-year display and would need to be updated every six months. The company's usual modeling methods were time consuming and often involved materials that wouldn't be durable enough to last the full six years.
The staff at Mitekgruppen decided to take the project to the next level and use 3D printing instead. They purchased a Stratasys Dimension Series FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D Printer. Since the technology was new to them, they spent the next nine months planning the project and learning to use their tools.
In the end they were able to produce a 157 square-foot replica (scale of 1: 1000) exhibit that was placed on display at Stockholm's Kulturhuset (The Culture House). The scope of the project was so massive the team had to rent a second Stratasys printer just to meet production deadlines. Both printers ran 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it still took 6-months to print everything out.
Martin Jonsson, CEO and Founder of Mitekgruppen believes the Stratasys printers have forever changed their business model. "We can be more profitable while offering our clients lower prices. Best of all, we no longer have to work 12-hour days!" says Jonsson.
The Stockholm project was so successful that Mitekgruppen has committed to using 3D printing as part of their regular business model. Nearly every new project they take on begins with 3D printed samples and they've recently upgraded to a new Stratasys Fortus 250mc.