3D Printing Materials, Stratasys

Stratasys Product Launch: New Digital ABS Plus and SR-35

June 19, 2017

2017 has been a big year for Stratasys with the release of the new F123 Series 3D printers and Nylon 12CF. As if that wasn't enough for the 3D printing community, Stratasys just released two new materials—SR-35 soluble support material and Digital ABS Plus/Digital ABS2 Plus.

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Stratasys

Tips on Tips

June 12, 2017

Many 3D printers, including Stratasys FDM 3D printers like the Fortus line, require different tips to print different layer heights. So which tip is going to help you print the perfect part? We help answer that question in our blog by sharing some simple tips on tips!

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, MakerBot

MakerBot Tough PLA: Living Hinges and Snap Fit

May 30, 2017

MakerBot Tough PLA is an amazing material that combines the low cost and ease-of-use that regular PLA offers with strength that is similar to (or in some situations better than) ABS. In this blog, we investigate one of those surprising situations by exploring Tough PLA and printed living hinges and cantilever snap fits.

3D Printing Materials, MakerBot

Concrete Molding with Tough PLA on a MakerBot Replicator+

April 3, 2017

For many design projects, 3D printed parts made of plastics are not strong enough to withstand extreme impact, high heat or other stress factors. This can limit 3D printed parts, especially in PLA, to the prototyping phase of development. To put this challenge to the test, I created an experiment on concrete molding with tough PLA on a MakerBot Replicator+. This is what I found.

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Stratasys, FDM Technology

How to Change FDM Material Color

March 15, 2017

Stratasys' PolyJet 3D printing technology is widely known for combining color and providing extreme levels of detail and realism. But what if we told you FDM materials are getting more advanced and can also provide visual appeal? In our blog, we explain how to change FDM material color and achieve that finished product appearance.

3D Printing Materials, MakerBot, Applications

Top 3 Ways to Smooth PLA Parts

February 22, 2017

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

Stratasys Releases Material, Printer and Software Updates

November 18, 2016

Stratasys is finishing out the year strong with several product releases. We’re excited to share the new material, printer and software updates and how these improvements to Stratasys’ product line will enhance and optimize your 3D workflow.

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, PolyJet Technology

SLA vs. PolyJet [Technology Review]

November 8, 2016

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.

Rapid Prototyping Services, 3D Printing Materials, Events and Webinars, Training, TriMech News

4 Services We Provide That You Probably Never Knew About

July 7, 2016

There's more to TriMech than meets the eye! 

While you may know us as your SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys 3D printer vendor, we offer much more. From rapid prototyping to staffing services and customized design help, we provide a comprehensive range of products and services to keep your business running smoothly.

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Applications

[NEW] Sacrificial Tooling Solution from Stratasys

May 19, 2016

If your company doesn't already create hollow composite parts with 3D printing, you should consider it after the announcement of Stratasys' new ST-130 material. Here's how the sacrificial tooling solution from Stratasys can help.

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Aerospace Industry

Manufacturing for Spaceflight Applications

May 12, 2016

3D printing is taking off in the aerospace industry – literally!

The aerospace industry has always been an adopter of experimental technologies to further space exploration. Additive manufacturing is a perfect solution since most parts require low volume production, high levels of customization and complex geometries. 

To continue incorporating additive manufacturing in its production processes, the aerospace industry communicated a need for new, advanced materials. Current material material offerings, such as ABS-ESD7 and ULTEM™ 9085 met one or two requirements for space applications, but not all requirements simultaneously. For example, during spaceflight, post-processing limits the advantages gained from additive manufacturing but is required when using ULTEM™ 9085.

To address this challenge, Stratasys Advanced Materials collaborated with industry partners to develop ESD PEKK (dissipative polyetherketoneketone). 

All materials going into space must have the ability to endure temperatures that range from -150°C to +150°C within an hour while withstanding damage from electrostatic discharge. ESD PEKK combines the electrostatic dissipative properties from ABS-ESD7 and the strength and thermal properties of ULTEM™ 9085 with the addition of the PEKK base resin’s chemical resistance. This new material is dissipative, meets outgassing requirements and is chemically resistant to survive the extreme environmental conditions found in space.

Want to reduce the cost of tooling without increasing cost due to part complexity? Need a material that performs under pressure? Chances are your application can be supported by additive manufacturing. 

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, FDM Technology

Tech Tip: Best Practices for 3D Printing with FDM Nylon 12

March 23, 2016

Nylon 12 is a great material that can be used in applications for repetitive snap fits, high-fatigue resistance, strong chemical resistance, and press fit inserts. The material exhibits 100% to 300% better elongation at break and has superior fatigue resistance over other additive manufacturing technologies. However, in order to achieve optimum part performance, it is important to follow best practices when 3D printing with FDM Nylon 12.