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.
June 19, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.