3D Printing, FDM Technology, Education, 3D Printing Materials

    Printing Colors: 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

    New Stratasys Materials: Agilus30 White and More VeroVivid

    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.

    PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials

    Know Your Materials: VeroClear RGD810

    November 22, 2018

    Transparent material (VeroClear™ RGD810™) is a rigid, nearly colorless material featuring proven dimensional stability for general purpose, fine-detail model building and visual simulation of transparent thermoplastics such as PMMA.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, Aerospace Industry, Desktop Metal, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

    3D Printing a Racing Quadcopter

    November 20, 2018

    Today, quadcopters, more commonly referred to as "Drones," have evolved into many different categories. From Scenic Quads that are GPS controlled, used to capture amazing scenery and widely used for movie/video photography to a $5 toy for an indoor flying session, drones have become instinctively popular. Now with the advancement in 3D printing materials such as thermoplastics in the Stratasys FDM family, for years we have been replacing traditional manufacturing tools and end-use parts.

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

    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. 

    FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, 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.

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

    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.

    PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, 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.

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

    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.