3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

How Do I Print Stone?

May 21, 2019

In our last article, “How Do I Print Wood", we learned how to 3D print a texture in full-color using the Agilus30 White material on the Stratasys J750. We discussed how to use new SOLIDWORKS 2019 features to create physical 3D displacement models using a 2D bump mapping pattern and then apply the color texture to the model in Adobe Photoshop CC.

In this article, I’m going to show you another method to accomplish nearly the same end product, this time using a stone texture and only Adobe Photoshop CC. What’s more, we’ll go into how 3D displacement using bump maps in Photoshop works, showing you a quick and easy method to manually alter those bump maps to make smoother or coarser physical textures.

3D Printing, Desktop Metal, 3D Printing Materials

How to Print an Enclosed Cavity in Metal

April 30, 2019

TriMech has had the complete Desktop Metal Studio System for over five months now, and we’ve had the opportunity to create some incredible parts with it during that time. One of our favorite parts so far is a heatsink, which utilizes the Studio System’s Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) printing technology to its advantage, in order to print a captured hollow cavity that requires absolutely no support or post-processing, which can’t be machined and is impossible for other metal printing technologies on the market to create.

3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

How Do I Print Wood?

April 9, 2019

The ultimate goal of 3D printing prototype models is to create a part as close to the final product or part as possible. Ideally, you would be able to test the part for functionality and/or appearance to determine if your design is the correct one. That said, most of the time designers create their prototypes with overall part dimensions in mind and ignore the final physical surface textures and aesthetics because they are either too difficult to design or dismissed as just a “nice-to-have” but non-essential feature for this early phase of the project cycle. But what if you could include that level of detail?

Now, with the new software tools in SOLIDWORKS 2019 update and Adobe Photoshop CC, along with the new Agilus30 White material on the Stratasys J750, it’s easy to create these textures in full color that mimic what your final production material will be.

3D Printing, Desktop Metal

Creating Bottle Openers With the Desktop Metal Studio System

February 5, 2019

Here at TriMech’s Connecticut office, we had been printing in 17-4 stainless steel using the Desktop Metal Studio Printer beta unit, but in December of 2018, we installed the complete Desktop Metal Studio System! Having the debinder and furnace in-house has really helped us speed up design time on our prototype sample parts.

Now, it’s time to unveil our first official TriMech branded sample part in 17-4 stainless steel from the Studio System, a metal bottle opener.

3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Automotive

The Best Material for Automotive Lighting Covers: VeroVivid

January 15, 2019

Today I’d like to introduce some new 3D printing materials which take our prototype automotive lighting component printing capabilities to the next level: the VeroVivid Color Family.

3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

The Story of the TriMech 2018 Holiday Ornament

December 26, 2018

Magic is in the air this holiday season at TriMech with all of the new toys we’ve been getting here in our print lab lately. Since we’ve been given the gift of an incredible new Stratasys J750, I decided that it would be great to get into the holiday spirit and create a miniature winter scene to share with some of my clients and co-workers that don’t get to experience all of the charm and joy that snow brings this time of year.

Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, TriMech Services

TriMech's New J750, And What It Can Do For You!

November 6, 2018

The J750 is Stratasys’ new flagship PolyJet 3D printer, capable of creating some of the most amazing parts and assemblies you can imagine. Here at TriMech, we’ve upgraded to the newest version of the J750 with all of the latest updates, and we’re all incredibly excited to start making new parts that fully take advantage of what this state of the art system can do!

Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, MakerBot, Applications, 3D Printing Materials

Top 3 Ways to Smooth PLA Parts

July 17, 2018

Anyone who has compared traditional FDM (sometimes called Fused Filament Fabrication) to other 3D printing technologies, such as PolyJet, SLA and SLS, has definitely thought at one time or another, “This technology is both inexpensive to print and strong, but I really wish it had better resolution.” In this blog, we explore how to make FDM look as good as other technologies while remaining inexpensive and not impacting overall strength. We’ve printed a horde of Easter Island Moai to play around with the top three ways to smooth PLA parts.

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials

3D Printing Food Safe Holiday Cookie Cutters

December 19, 2017

3D printing is a process that embraces the production of unique, customized, short-run parts. During the holiday season, I can think of nothing better to take advantage of this concept than by designing some interesting TriMech and Stratasys themed cookie cutters in SOLIDWORKS and then printing them out using the food-contact safe ULTEM 1010 CG material.

PolyJet Technology, TriMech Services, Q&A with TriMech

Q&A Rich Annino: Featuring RP Services for PolyJet Parts

November 17, 2017

Our QA blog series looks at different members of our team and their perspective on the most current 3D printing and CAD technology. This month’s QA features Rich Annino and RP Services for PolyJet parts.

3D Printing, Stratasys, Medical

Medical 3D Printing (Part 3): Hospitals

September 1, 2017

To wrap up our three-part blog series focused on applications of 3D printing in the medical industry, we'll discuss the use of 3D printers specifically in the hospital setting. While research on 3D printing in hospitals has been published as far back as 1998, the majority of publications date after 2014this is a result of recent technological advancements and being more newly adopted into this medical sector. Keep reading to see how 3D printing is changing the game for hospital's surgical departments, clinical training and patient recovery programs. 

PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Things to Know When Using Agilus30

August 4, 2017

Are you familiar with which PolyJet materials are compatible with Stratasys' Connex line of printers? Have you ever used the Tango family of simulated rubber-like materials, one of the most flexible sets of 3D printing materials on the market? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then you are going to LOVE Stratasys' newly released formula for simulated rubber. Keep reading to learn why you should add Agilus30 to your toolbox of 3D printing materials.