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    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Stratasys, MakerBot, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    How to 3D Print Carbon Fiber Materials at Any Level

    February 24, 2021

    Carbon fiber materials and carbon-reinforced polymers can replace metal for lighter, more ergonomic tooling. Add to that the power of additive manufacturing to print the part, rather than machine it, and you can significantly reduce both your part weight and tooling lead time. In this article, we are going to review the differences in printable carbon fiber materials and the machines capable of printing them to understand how the 3D printing industry has created approachable solutions for just about every level of production. 

    3D Printing, Stratasys, 3D Printing Materials

    Machinable Metals vs 3D Printed Polymers

    February 23, 2021

    As an Application Engineer with TriMech, my role often takes me into many manufacturing environments ranging from mom-and-pop machine shops to aerospace manufactures. As different as you may think these facilities would be, we often find a common trend – most custom fixtures, jigs, equipment, and assembly tools are made from aluminum. The biggest reason when asked about this is because “it's what we have always used,” and “it's what the toolroom prefers to work with.” When probed further we usually hear “aluminum is more than strong enough,” so it is chosen for a task that nowhere near approaches aluminum’s tensile strength benefits. There is a wide variety of materials out there other than aluminum that may fit some of these needs better. In this article we’re going to take a look at how printed polymers stack up against it.

    PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Know Your Materials: Agilus

    January 22, 2021

    If you’re looking to get more durable, tear-resistant prototypes that can stand up to repeated flexing, you can’t go wrong with Agilus. 3D-printable Agilus is a superior rubber-like PolyJet photopolymer family ideal for advanced design verification and rapid prototyping that can hit various levels of softness and hardness in the same print job without any assembly or having to swap materials during printing. 

    Client Stories, 3D Printing Materials, Post-Processing

    Enabling Scalability for FDM Additive Manufacturing

    January 19, 2021

    This week's Product Story showcases the Toro Company and the solution they used for rapidly increasing 3D print volume while reducing existing bottlenecks

    The Toro Company first implemented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in 2012 to prototype smaller product components in-house. This soon turned into a full additive manufacturing shop with six 3D printers on site so they could better serve their customers and expand their additive potential. However, with the rapidly increasing print volume there were post-processing bottlenecks that arose, so Toro turned to the PostProcess BASE support removal solution to more efficiently match throughput to demand. 

    3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, 3D Printing Materials

    The Continuing Story of the TriMech Holiday Ornament

    December 22, 2020

    It is a scientifically proven fact that playing with toys can improve your mood, so this holiday season I decided to play with the 3D printing “toys” I am lucky enough to have access to here at TriMech! A few years ago I was able to create some incredible Snowman Holiday Snow Globe Ornaments in full color plus clear (and they still adorn our Christmas Tree’s and desks at TriMech this time of year). Since then, Stratasys has added an incredible new machine to its lineup, as well as a wonderful new material, so I felt that this would be a great time to revisit that design and see what these advancements are capable of.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Events and Webinars, 3D Scanning, DriveWorks, 3D Printing Materials

    TriMech Tech Talks 2021: Industry Innovation Spotlight

    November 2, 2020

    Here at TriMech, we fancy ourselves the jack of all trades or the wearer of many hats of the engineering world. With extensive experience with the different facets of CAD, 3D printing, 3D scanning and training, we know that your business probably doesn't just stick to one lane, either. With that in mind, we are bringing you four on-demand webinars focused around 3D innovation, full of ideas and tools to bring your company to the next level!

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, 3D Printing Materials

    3D Printing Spooky Translucent Parts with PolyJet Technology

    October 30, 2020

    This time last year, we were creating some amazing multi-color and multi-material lollipops using the incredible Stratasys J850. This year, I thought that it would be fun to try something a bit different and see if we could put our industrial design skills to the test and make some fun, slightly spooky, moderately goofy Halloween ghost pendants using the brand new Stratasys J55 PolyJet 3D printer! In doing so, we’ll learn about a fascinating process using an advanced image editing software which can be applied to all sorts of projects.

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

    Benefits of Translucent 3D Printing for Team Penske Were Clear

    October 23, 2020

    This week's Product Story showcases Team Penske and how they utilize PolyJet materials to create a custom solution for expensive light replacements on racing cars. 

    Motorsport racing, as well as other professional sports, are no match for Team Penske who has a long standing tradition of winning. Part of their success is developing solutions to problems on and off the track. One expensive, recurring problem was the replacement of lights after consistent damage from racing. This led to the utilization of additive manufacturing to test new ideas and generate lower-cost replacement parts. From replacement parts to design ideas, Team Penske draws from the convenience of manufacturing in house. 

    3D Printing, Tech Tips, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    Top 5 Ways to Reduce 3D Printing Costs: PolyJet

    October 20, 2020

    In our previous blog article, we covered some quick and easy ways to reduce print time and costs on your Stratasys FDM machines. If you're a PolyJet user, don't worry! We've got you covered and in this article, we'll look over the top five ways to reduce your 3D printing costs with your machines, in no particular order.