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

    PolyJet 3D Printing for LSR Molding and Soft-Touch Jigs and Fixtures

    July 27, 2020

    The Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology lets you produce high-quality, high-accuracy parts and prototypes at a reduced production cost. Many times, however, your prototypes might need a little hand to help you achieve the desired result. In this blog article, we review some of the processes that can help you create the ideal casting molds for your parts or prototypes, such as Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding (LSR), using the PolyJet technology. We review their differences and which materials are suitable for each of these processes to aid you in getting your ideal end-result.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Post-Processing

    Post-Processing ABS and ASA 3D Printed Parts

    July 8, 2020

    Selecting the right 3D printing technology can be difficult, especially when you consider all the different key drivers in the decision-making process. Are you looking for a smooth surface finish? Maybe you’re looking for strong mechanical properties with a common, easy to use plastic such as ABS or ASA? Now, what if I told you that you didn’t always need to compromise here? With minimal amounts of post-processing techniques, you can achieve a smooth injection molded finish using FDM technology. Sure, parts are fully functional right off the print tray, but utilizing an additional post-processing step can help elevate your part to the next level, and really catch the end user’s eye. Like the flexibility that 3D printing provides, users have many different solutions for their post-processing needs, so let’s dive in!

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    How to Properly Store 3D Printing Materials

    June 30, 2020

    Raw 3D printing material symbolizes infinite possibilities unlocked by the user’s creativity; however, if the raw material is mistreated and improperly handled, that potential vanishes. Making sure to take proper care of raw materials and store them in their intended conditions is the best way to ensure high quality prints. In times of extended shutdowns, or simply long hiatuses between prints, it’s imperative to store material properly.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Medical, 3D Printing Materials

    Surprising Ways a Healthcare Department Can Use 3D Printing

    June 15, 2020

    3D printing has been in use in the medical industry for years. Most people have seen prosthetics that have been 3D printed. Whether it is a prosthetic for cosmetic purposes or a functioning limb, 3D printing has made these easier and quicker to get and coupled with 3D scanning technology, these prosthetics can also be custom tailored to each individual. This is all great and exciting and ultimately 3D printing will continue to advance prosthetic development. In addition to prosthetics, there are other ways in which 3D printing is changing the healthcare industry. In this article, we look at some of those advancements and how medical professionals and patients are benefiting from them.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Polishing PolyJet 3D Printed Parts

    June 9, 2020

    Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology can produce some amazingly detailed parts that can mimic a wide range of rigid and flexible materials – even full-color and transparent parts. With some simple post-printing steps it is easy to obtain a stunning high gloss finish on even the matte surfaces of PolyJet parts. In a previous overview, we showed you how to clear coat complex shaped parts to obtain a gloss surface without any sanding or polishing. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create high gloss, even optically clear finishes, on parts the old fashioned way, with some elbow grease.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Adding Color to PolyJet Printed Models Using SOLIDWORKS

    May 26, 2020

    When creating multiple iterations of a part, it can be helpful to apply a label for identification purposes. Using SOLIDWORKS, we can apply a label to our part with color and finish, then transfer those settings directly to our printer software for 3D printing on our Stratasys PolyJet machine.

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    Introducing the MakerBot Method: Carbon Fiber Edition

    May 20, 2020

    Since the launch of the METHOD platform, MakerBot has been expanding the material capabilities of their METHOD and METHOD X 3D printers. This week, they announced the newest addition to enhance the METHOD platform; a composite carbon fiber extruder that further expands the printers' production range so that it can now create stronger and lighter parts with carbon fiber-infused composite material.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Post-Processing

    Surface Finishing Using SRF Technology

    May 19, 2020

    Support removal and surface finishing are very important final steps to completing the perfect part. These final steps come with variables that could damage your print if not handled properly. One type of surface finishing is Suspended Rotational Force (SRF) which brings hands-free and reliable surface finishing that eliminates the variables that could lead to damaged parts. Let's dive into this surface finishing technology and how it will make a difference in finishing your parts.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Clear Coating PolyJet Parts

    May 5, 2020

    When printing a transparent material using a Stratasys PolyJet 3D printer, any surface where support material touches the model will result in a matte surface that doesn’t transmit light which can stand in contrast with any glossy surfaces. The part can be post-processed to achieve a higher level of light transmission with an even and glossy surface. In this article, we look at a quick and relatively low-effort method for giving a part an even, smooth and transparent finish.

    3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Post-Processing

    Surface Finishing Using TAF Technology

    April 28, 2020

    Surface finishing is the final step in producing a part to ensure it looks as close as possible to the intended design. There are multiple ways to finish a part and most require extensive manual labor and harsh chemicals to acquire that perfect finish. Thermal Atomized Fusillade (TAF) is an alternative to this manual process with hands-free, fully automated surface finishing by controlling heat, detergents, compressed air and suspended solids. Let's take a look at this option for surface removal.

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

    PolyJet 3D Printing's Role in the World of Silicone Molding

    April 7, 2020

    For many decades, mold making and casting were the go-to methods to produce realistic prototypes of smaller plastic goods. Often referred to as Room Temperature Vulcanization (RTV) or silicone molding, this is the process of producing a master part and making a flexible mold off that master. Then, the mold is filled with a two-part urethane resin, which cures into the shape of the mold. This produces a part that exactly mimics the original master’s shape and surface finish. This process is extremely versatile and is in use in many industries. Still, it requires a skilled model maker to produce a master and understand the proper molding techniques to achieve the desired result. Today, 3D printing is changing the way RTV molding is approached and no 3D printing technology is better suited for the task than Stratasys’ PolyJet technology. In this article, we will illustrate the process of RTV molding and explore how PolyJet printing can augment the various steps.

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    3D Printing a Realistic April Fools' Prank

    March 31, 2020

    We’ve all heard it before – prank, gag, joke, high jinx, whatever you call it, the day for them only comes once a year. You guessed it, April Fools' Day! Commonly celebrated on April 1st in America, April Fools' Day is an annual custom consisting of silly jokes and funny pranks. Believed to have originated in the 12th century, this holiday permeates cultures around the world in different ways and is constantly evolving as technology continues to advance. Since the Stratasys J Series of PolyJet 3D printers can produce hyper-realistic parts, we decided to put it to the test and prank a fellow co-worker.