Every company aims to print parts that have the look and feel of a finished product. However, if you’re more than a hobbyist it is important to understand the different types of precision 3D printing technologies available. This blog discusses the differences between Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) from 3D Systems and Triple Jetting Technology (PolyJet) from Stratasys. Understanding the differences between how SLA vs. PolyJet impact your application will help determine your current and future needs from a 3D printer.
July 31, 2018
In most cases, when working with prototypes for consumer goods, product development engineers want a print that will most closely represent the final production part. The ability to print new iterations on the fly, as multiple changes typically take place, is crucial. This is where 3D printing comes in handy. Keep reading to learn the advantages of both PolyJet and FDM technologies when it comes to consumer goods.
July 30, 2018
327 in³ of model material. 298 in³ of support material. 250 hours of print time. 41 parts. 20 hours of building and assembly. 1 kayak.
July 26, 2018
Taking a design from a concept to a physical artifact that exists in the real world is exhilarating. With the design help from SOLIDWORKS in part 1, the analysis help from Simulation in part 2 and help from solidThinking Inspire in part 3, the kayak frames are now optimized for 3D printing. In video four we walk through choosing the proper 3D printing technology and options to build our 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.
July 10, 2018
Ready to take your designs to the next level? Objet Connex machines are a great aid because some of the printers have the ability to print in multiple materials and colors at the same time. This allows you to produce parts with varying durometers of rubber, different colors for text inlays and accents, live hinges and overmolded parts. This opens up countless doors, especially in the Consumer and Commercial Goods industries.
June 26, 2018
Additive manufacturing with 3D printing technology can be applied in a variety of different ways. It can be used to create parts and assemblies without tooling, reduce design risk through prototyping, provide efficiencies in the manufacturing process and be used for low-production digital manufacturing. But with so many applications it can be very hard to pin down the technology that is right for your specific needs.
Problem solved! On Thursday, July 12, you will have the opportunity to see multiple additive manufacturing solutions under one roof.
June 21, 2018
TriMech is fortunate to work with clients from Maine to Florida and out to Arkansas, offering a wide range of engineering solutions. This week's client story showcases PlasticsOne and their use of the Stratasys Objet260 Connex3.
Periodically, we receive calls from our current Stratasys 3D printer customers who are considering adding a consumer-level hobbyist printer for additional output. We also hear from prospective companies asking why they should spend the additional money for a Stratasys commercial printer when they can buy a cheap hobby-level printer.
So you've finished printing your FDM part, but how do you really make it stand out as a finished product? Color adds depth, contrast and character and ultimately brings a product to life. This is true for concept models, marketing samples and finished goods. The process of turning an FDM part into an eye-catching sample is the same as that for other plastic parts.
These are the five simple steps to make a part come to life:
The Stratasys F900 already holds the title as the most proven and reliable manufacturing 3D printer. But it didn't earn that without continuous improvements. Keep reading to learn about the advancements made to the Stratasys F900 (formally the Fortus 900) in order to uphold their most reliable 3D manufacturing system title.
The most versatile printer on the market, the only one that can produce full-color, multi-material models in a single print, just got better. Can you believe it? Neither can we! Keep reading as we dive into the new enhancements for the Stratasys J750.