3D CAD, 3D Printing, Desktop Metal, 3D Printing Materials

5 Misconceptions of 3D Printing

January 8, 2019

We eat, sleep, breath and dream 3D printers. We're also well aware that we're not the norm and some people are just starting to learn about our obsession. As the printers gain popularity and start getting talked about more and more, we've noticed that there are a few misconceptions about the technology. Rather than turning a blind eye, we're taking a page out of the MythBusters' playbook and setting the record straight.

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Printing Color: FDM Thermoplastics

December 11, 2018

FDM parts are probably the most popular type of 3D printed parts. The FDM (fused deposition modeling) process is “melting” a solid thermoplastic filament, like a hot glue gun. If you plan on testing your parts in a strenuous process, FDM may be the best choice. These materials specialize in high tensile strength and resistance to high temperatures.

Color for FDM parts are available in a relatively wide range of colors in the most common materials like ABS and ASA. And if you can't get the exact color directly from the filament you're using, there are a variety of other methods you can use. 

3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

ABSi vs. VeroClear for Automotive Uses

November 13, 2018

One of the advantages of having a Stratasys 3D printer is the plethora of materials available. But, it is a double-edge sword because it can be overwhelming when trying to pick the right thermoplastic or photopolymer material for your design. 

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

FDM Chemical Resistance

October 16, 2018

Stratasys printers offer a wide range of material options across their FDM product line. These materials are all true thermoplastics that are common to many traditional forms of fabrication (i.e. ABS, PC, Nylon, Ultem). The majority of FDM printed parts are used for prototyping, jig, fixtures, tooling and end-use applications. In these settings, it's common for the 3D printed parts to come in contact with various chemicals. This means when deciding which material is the best fit for an application it's important to not just look at the strength of a particular material (tensile strength, impact-resistance, elongation at break, etc.), but we must also look at how a material can hold up to potential chemical exposure.

3D Printing, Medical, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

FDM Material Biocompatibility

September 11, 2018

3D printing has come a long way from where it started. It has made so many advances that it can even help save people's lives. Currently, Stratasys offers (3) different materials that have either been tested by the raw material manufacturer, or by Stratasys, and have some level of compliance.

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Metal vs. FDM Thermoplastics: What's Your Application?

February 29, 2016

If you are thinking about replacing traditional manufacturing methods with 3D printing, you have likely thought, "Can I replace an existing metal part with a plastic one?" The answer is a resounding “maybe.” It all depends on your application. If the part has requirements that lend itself to metal, like very high-temperature conditions or significant usage cycles, then a metal part may still be required. Our Application Engineers put together a list of five topics to consider when debating between traditional metal vs. FDM technology.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing

Tech Tip: 3D Printing with SOLIDWORKS 2016

February 23, 2016

With SOLIDWORKS 2016, there is new functionality that gives you the ability to work with your 3D printer directly in the SOLIDWORKS interface. There are some caveats though, so let’s cover those first.