3D Printing Materials, FDM Technology, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Elastomer (TPU 92A)

November 14, 2018

Thermoplastic Polyurethane 92A (TPU 92A) is a type of elastomer material - a polymer with elastic properties. The main differentiator between elastomers and rigid, or semi-rigid, polymers is resilience; TPU can stretch or compress significantly and not lose its shape. This material is renowned for high elongation, superior toughness and extreme durability. 

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

ABSi vs. VeroClear for Automotive Uses

November 13, 2018

One of the advantages of having a Stratasys 3D printer is the plethora of materials available. But, it is a double-edge sword because it can be overwhelming when trying to pick the right thermoplastic or photopolymer material for your design. 

3D Printing Materials, FDM Technology, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Antero 800NA

November 1, 2018

Antero 800NA is a PEKK-based FDM thermoplastic. It combines FDM’s design freedom and ease of use with the excellent strength, toughness and wear-resistant properties of PEKK material. Appropriate applications include aircraft components exposed to jet fuel, oil and hydraulic fluid, spacecraft parts that demand low outgassing and chemical-resistant industrial parts.

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

What's New With GrabCAD Print: Versions 1.22 & 1.23

October 30, 2018

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 out of summer and into fall we have seen some minor and major updates in GrabCAD Print with version 1.22 and 1.23.

3D Printing Materials, PolyJet Technology, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Agilus30

October 25, 2018

Agilus30 is a superior rubber-like PolyJet photopolymer family ideal for advanced design verification and rapid prototyping. Get more durable, tear-resistant prototypes that can stand up to repeated flexing and bending.

3D Printing Materials, PolyJet Technology, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Rigur (RGD450)

October 18, 2018

Rigur  is also known as RGD450 and is an advanced simulated polypropylene photo-polymer with improved toughness, increased dimensional stability and great surface finish. Offered in a bright white color, Rigur is ideal for flexible closures and living hinges; reusable containers and packaging; and white appliances including consumer goods, household appliances, consumer electronics and automotive parts.

3D Printing Materials, FDM Technology, 3D Printing

FDM Chemical Resistance

October 16, 2018

Stratasys printers offer a wide range of material options across their FDM product line. These materials are all true thermoplastics that are common to many traditional forms of fabrication (i.e. ABS, PC, Nylon, Ultem). The majority of FDM printed parts are used for prototyping, jig, fixtures, tooling and end-use applications. In these settings, it's common for the 3D printed parts to come in contact with various chemicals. This means when deciding which material is the best fit for an application it's important to not just look at the strength of a particular material (tensile strength, impact-resistance, elongation at break, etc.), but we must also look at how a material can hold up to potential chemical exposure.

3D Printing Materials, PolyJet Technology, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Digital ABS Plus

October 11, 2018

Digital ABS Plus™ benefits from newly improved mechanical performance. Parts made with this material will have better impact strength in addition to its previously well-known attributes of high-temperature resistance, toughness and superior finish.

3D Printing Materials, FDM Technology, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Nylon 12CF

October 4, 2018

FDM Nylon 12CF is a chopped carbon fiber-filled polyamide 12 material that is available for 3D printing on compatible Stratasys Fortus production systems. The material is 35% carbon-fiber by weight and has a high strength-to-weight ratio with a tensile strength on par with high-performance FDM material.
 

FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, 3D Printing, Medical

FDM Material Biocompatibility

September 11, 2018

3D printing has come a long way from where it started. It has made so many advances that it can even help save people's lives. Currently, Stratasys offers (3) different materials that have either been tested by the raw material manufacturer, or by Stratasys, and have some level of compliance.

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

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.

Applications, MakerBot, 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Rapid Prototyping

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.