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    Rapid Prototyping, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, TriMech News, Engineering Services, 3D Printing Materials

    TriMech Ramps Up Rapid Prototyping Possibilities for Businesses

    June 29, 2021

    It has been an eventful year so far for the TriMech RP Services team. Six months ago we outgrew our longtime printing facility and now we’re established at our new location in Connecticut and fully operational! We keep up with the advancements in new technologies that come out regularly including several new materials and machines released from Stratasys the past few months (with more coming out later this year). 

    Additionally, TriMech and another industry leader, Javelin Technologies of Canada have come together as one team. All of these changes are exciting TriMech, as well as the industry as a whole, but what I'm really excited to talk about are the changes to our Rapid Prototyping Services department and how we are making these technologies more accessible to new and existing customers.

    Rapid Prototyping, TriMech News

    Top 5 Reasons to Choose TriMech RP Services

    March 23, 2021

    As one of the largest SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys Resellers in the nation, TriMech strives to offer the best engineering software and hardware solutions possible to our clients. While we offer an incredible range of 3D CAD software, 3D scanners, 3D printers, data management solutions, inspection tools, engineering services, staffing services, and much more, we’ve also focused our attention on the growth of our Rapid Prototyping Service Center. This massive new facility has been designed with the consumer in mind; our combination of top of the line equipment and experienced engineers and technicians on staff make TriMech the one-stop-shop for all of your rapid prototyping needs.

    3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, 3D Printing Materials

    The Continuing Story of the TriMech Holiday Ornament

    December 22, 2020

    It is a scientifically proven fact that playing with toys can improve your mood, so this holiday season I decided to play with the 3D printing “toys” I am lucky enough to have access to here at TriMech! A few years ago I was able to create some incredible Snowman Holiday Snow Globe Ornaments in full color plus clear (and they still adorn our Christmas Tree’s and desks at TriMech this time of year). Since then, Stratasys has added an incredible new machine to its lineup, as well as a wonderful new material, so I felt that this would be a great time to revisit that design and see what these advancements are capable of.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, 3D Printing Materials

    3D Printing Spooky Translucent Parts with PolyJet Technology

    October 30, 2020

    This time last year, we were creating some amazing multi-color and multi-material lollipops using the incredible Stratasys J850. This year, I thought that it would be fun to try something a bit different and see if we could put our industrial design skills to the test and make some fun, slightly spooky, moderately goofy Halloween ghost pendants using the brand new Stratasys J55 PolyJet 3D printer! In doing so, we’ll learn about a fascinating process using an advanced image editing software which can be applied to all sorts of projects.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, Visualize

    3D Printing Chocolate Textures

    February 14, 2020

    Almost everybody loves chocolate, right? That’s exactly what I was thinking when I was working on some models for our previous Halloween and Christmas candy articles. As I was working on those projects, I came across a surprisingly quick and easy way to apply full-color patterned textures to CAD models for 3D printing on the Stratasys J750 and J850, using SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and had the idea to use this method to make chocolate bars for Valentine’s Day!

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, GrabCAD Print

    Learning About Part Priority by 3D Printing Jawbreakers

    December 23, 2019

    In October, we 3D printed some cool-looking lollipops on our Stratasys J-series PolyJet 3D printer to showcase the life-like quality that can be achieved with Vero and Agilus30 materials. Keeping up with the candy theme for the holidays, I thought it would be fun to create an incredibly life-like jawbreaker on the J750, which also provides an exciting opportunity to go over the Part Priority feature in GrabCAD Print. This feature helps novice modelers and users of CAD software that don’t make great watertight models create amazing 3D printed parts, exactly how they want them to be without needing to go back and fix their models.

    Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

    3D Printing Tricks and Treats

    October 31, 2019

    Over the past year, we at TriMech have been able to make some fantastic full-color PolyJet models using the Stratasys J750, but as we close in on 2020, Stratasys has just announced the newest addition to their J-series of PolyJet 3D printers, the J850. To celebrate, and also to prepare for Halloween, we’re taking full advantage of what the J-series can do by making some incredible full-color rigid and flexible semi-translucent TriMech lollipops!

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, GrabCAD Print

    3D Printing A Topographical Map

    August 13, 2019

    The Stratasys J750 is capable of all sorts of amazing things, as we’ve seen recently with our articles involving the application of real-to-life textures and eyewear prototyping. An amazing new application for the Stratasys J series of printers that I’ve been running into quite a bit is the creation of full-color topographical maps that display visual data on top of satellite imagery, similar to how GIS software overlays data onto a two-dimensional map, but with the bonus of being able to quickly display elevation as well! What we’ve found in our initial studies of this application is that these three-dimensional maps are great at displaying data in a way that can’t quickly be understood when looking at a two-dimensional variant, such as census data regarding population density in relation to mountains and valleys. To get a good idea of what goes into this process, we’re going to overlay street data for the area surrounding Boston onto a topographical map of Eastern Massachusetts. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

    3D Printing Patriotic Sunglasses With the Stratasys J750 and VeroFlexVivid

    July 4, 2019

    The VeroFlex and VeroFlexVivid family of materials are an unbelievably unique set of new materials available on Stratasys J Series 3D printers, which are capable of producing parts that have improved strength and flexibility while retaining great shape memory. Similar to how our simulated rubber-like Agilus material works, parts produced in either VeroFlex or VeroFlexVivid do not need to be handled as gently as other material parts and will hold up with little fear of them breaking. However, unlike Agilus, this material produces parts that are rigid and will snap right back to their original shape after being flexed in any direction. This makes them a great material to print high-quality full-color parts that are thin, like eyewear and small action figures, so today we’re going to show these new materials in action as we make some incredible Fourth of July sunglasses!