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.
April 3, 2017
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.
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.
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.
February 29, 2016
If you are thinking about replacing traditional manufacturing methods with 3D printing, you have likely thought, "Can I replace an existing metal part with a plastic one?" The answer is a resounding “maybe.” It all depends on your application. If the part has requirements that lend itself to metal, like very high-temperature conditions or significant usage cycles, then a metal part may still be required. Our Application Engineers put together a list of five topics to consider when debating between traditional metal vs. FDM technology.
June 30, 2015
We’re excited to share with you some new capabilities for Fortus FDM printers. These new features are through a Stratasys software update of Insight, which runs Fortus 250mc and higher printers.