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

FDM or PolyJet: Which One Is Better For Consumer Goods

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.

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, Stratasys, 3D Printing Materials

How to Print Multi-Color or Multi-Material Parts on an Objet Connex Machine 

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.

PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

PolyJet Materials: A Range of Possibilities

June 5, 2018

Materials are the building blocks of every model, literally. While your design is being printed, each layer stacks upon each other, building it up, until your print is complete. Stratasys has more color options and unmatched product realism than any other 3D printer on the market today. Keep readying to discover the different material properties that can match your company's needs. 

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials

Choose FDM and ABS/ASA Parts When Surface Finish is Top Priority

May 29, 2018

Yes, you did read that title right. It may seem counter intuitive and may go against everything you have been taught about 3D printing, but in reality ABS and ASA material have a few tricks hidden up their sleeve. There is a common notion to use ABS and/or ASA for strength and PolyJet/SLA for surface finish. However, you can get the strength and part stability ABS is known for, as well as the surface finish that rivals injection molded parts. And there are multiple methods of achieving this. 

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

PolyJet & FDM Working Together to Save Time and Money

May 22, 2018

For over a decade, companies have tried to pin FDM technology against PolyJet technology. Whether it be the fine detail of PolyJet capabilities outweighing the lack of support needed for FDM, or that the strength of materials available in FDM is worth the additional time of printing over the PolyJet, an argument can usually be made to justify one over the other. Although some industries may always lean one way more than the other, I am here to discuss the benefits of having both technologies under the same roof.

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Choosing Your 3D Printing Material: It’s About More Than Strength!

May 8, 2018

It seems like 3D printers can use any material nowadays. Desktop Metal is reinventing the way engineering and manufacturing teams produce metal parts with the ability to print in metal. There are even some printers that can print chocolate, pasta and wait for it pizza! However, most commercial 3D printers create parts in some sort of plastic. To help you choose which is right for your application, we outline some key material properties below.

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials

How to Design for 3D Printing Success

May 1, 2018

Enough books to fill a bookshelf have been written about Design-For-Manufacture (DFM) parts that will be machined or casted. On the other hand, when it comes to resources on how to DFM for 3D printing, there is a void.

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

5 Predictions About the Future of 3D Printing

February 15, 2018

We know not everyone eats, sleeps and breathes technology like we do. Which means maybe you haven't dived too deep into what is going to happen in the future with the industry. Since we're tech obsessed, we're constantly following additive manufacturing trends and researching what's in store for the future of 3D printing. Read our top five predictions and tell us what you think.

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.

FDM Technology, Aerospace Industry, 3D Printing Materials

Aerospace and 3D Printing with ULTEM

November 28, 2017

The aerospace industry is fast moving. Once one challenge gets solved, the market has already changed and moved onto a new trend. This means expensive and time-consuming tooling and production aren't an efficient option. To remain competitive, the aerospace industry leans on additive manufacturing, especially 3D printing with ULTEM materials. Find out why in this blog.

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Printing the Strongest 3D Parts with ULTEM 1010

October 25, 2017

Do you have demanding applications that require 3D printing strong parts? Then this blog is for you. We will explore Stratasys' strongest industrial-grade FDM thermoplastic, ULTEM 1010, what applications it is used for and how it differs from other materials in the ULTEM family.