3D Printing, MakerBot, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

When Is It Best to Use PLA?

March 12, 2019

Polylactic Acid (PLA) is one of the most widely used thermoplastics in 3D printing, specifically in Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers. PLA is widely used on hobbyist level printers for its speed and overall part quality, but it's not very popular on higher-end machines because it lacks strength and resistance to heat and chemicals. That makes it unsuitable for any kind of applications that rely on those qualities, like jigs and fixtures. However, there are characteristics of PLA that could make it very useful for engineers or hobbyists on certain types of projects.

Desktop Metal, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Stainless Steel (Metal) UPDATED

March 5, 2019

Stainless steel materials are characterized by their combination of strength, hardness and corrosion resistance. They're ideal for a variety of applications such as tooling, molds and production parts. In their as-sintered state, material properties consistently meet industry standards. 

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

How to Make Your PLA and ABS Filaments Last Longer

February 21, 2019

PLA and ABS material filaments are very popular choices for 3D printing. They are both thermoplastics, are used in a wide range of printer models and have an ideal price range, which makes them great options for printing 3D projects. To get the best results you need not only to take care of your printer, but also remember to store your materials properly.

Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

What's New With GrabCAD Print: Versions 1.24 & 1.25

January 16, 2019

Stratasys' GrabCAD Print is a sophisticated 3D printing app that allows designers and engineers to prepare, schedule and monitor 3D printing jobs. Since its release, GrabCAD has continued to make exciting updates to this software; and we will be updating you every other month on its new features – as we transition into 2019 there have been several major updates in GrabCAD Print with the release of versions 1.24 and 1.25 which we will highlight here.

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

The Best Material for Automotive Lighting Covers: VeroVivid

January 15, 2019

Today I’d like to introduce some new 3D printing materials which take our prototype automotive lighting component printing capabilities to the next level: the VeroVivid Color Family.

3D CAD, 3D Printing, Desktop Metal, 3D Printing Materials

5 Misconceptions of 3D Printing

January 8, 2019

We eat, sleep, breath and dream 3D printers. We're also well aware that we're not the norm and some people are just starting to learn about our obsession. As the printers gain popularity and start getting talked about more and more, we've noticed that there are a few misconceptions about the technology. Rather than turning a blind eye, we're taking a page out of the MythBusters' playbook and setting the record straight.

3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

The Story of the TriMech 2018 Holiday Ornament

December 26, 2018

Magic is in the air this holiday season at TriMech with all of the new toys we’ve been getting here in our print lab lately. Since we’ve been given the gift of an incredible new Stratasys J750, I decided that it would be great to get into the holiday spirit and create a miniature winter scene to share with some of my clients and co-workers that don’t get to experience all of the charm and joy that snow brings this time of year.

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Comparing Antero 800NA and Ultem 1010

December 18, 2018

When it comes to selecting a high-strength material, Stratasys offers many different materials to choose from depending on your specific requirements. One of the strongest available materials is ULTEM 1010, a high-performance industrial-grade thermoplastic noted for its high strength, stiffness, and broad chemical resistance. With the recent addition of the Antero 800NA material, you may be wondering which material is right for your specific application. In this post we’re going to discuss some of the key differences between ULTEM 1010 and Antero 800NA and take a closer look at this new material.

3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Printing Colors: PolyJet

December 13, 2018

3D printing in color has been around longer than you think. Do you need a prototype printed in yellow ABS? No problem, load a yellow spool of filament in your 3D printer and voilà! You have yourself a yellow part. How about blue? We have you covered, just toss some blue photopolymer in your SLA vat and BAM! A blue part can be printed. How about a part with multiple colors? No problem. Break out the trusty sandpaper and good old-fashion elbow grease, maybe some primer, then either spray or hand paint your model until your heart is content.

Oh… you were hoping to have full color printed parts straight off the printer? Why didn’t you say so? Let me introduce you to Stratasys PolyJet technology.

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Printing Color: FDM Thermoplastics

December 11, 2018

FDM parts are probably the most popular type of 3D printed parts. The FDM (fused deposition modeling) process is “melting” a solid thermoplastic filament, like a hot glue gun. If you plan on testing your parts in a strenuous process, FDM may be the best choice. These materials specialize in high tensile strength and resistance to high temperatures.

Color for FDM parts are available in a relatively wide range of colors in the most common materials like ABS and ASA. And if you can't get the exact color directly from the filament you're using, there are a variety of other methods you can use. 

PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: VeroFlex

December 6, 2018

VeroFlex™ is a PolyJet rigid photopolymer material offering a flexibility ideal for rapid prototyping eye-wear. Get prototypes with full-part realism in a wide range of colors, textures and materials from opaque to transparent, unique to the Stratasys J735 and Stratasys J750 3D Printers.

PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

More Materials for the J750 (and J735)

December 4, 2018

Stratasys has released new 3D printing materials that bring even more power to your creativity. These new PolyJet materials allow you to prototype in such a way that others will ask "Is this the final product?". New materials include Agilus30 White, VeroFlexVivid and VeroCyanV. It is no surprise that the J735 and J750 continues to evolve with every update.