Make Your Own Solution, FDM Technology, Stratasys, 3D Printing

Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 4 of 5

July 26, 2018

Taking a design from a concept to a physical artifact that exists in the real world is exhilarating. With the design help from SOLIDWORKS in part 1, the analysis help from Simulation in part 2 and help from solidThinking Inspire in part 3, the kayak frames are now optimized for 3D printing. In video four we walk through choosing the proper 3D printing technology and options to build our parts.

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.

3D Printing Materials, Stratasys, 3D Printing

How to Print Multi-Color or Multi-Material Parts on an Objet Connex Machine 

July 10, 2018

Ready to take your designs to the next level? Objet Connex machines are a great aid because some of the printers have the ability to print in multiple materials and colors at the same time. This allows you to produce parts with varying durometers of rubber, different colors for text inlays and accents, live hinges and overmolded parts. This opens up countless doors, especially in the Consumer and Commercial Goods industries.

3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Client Stories

Client Story: 3D Printing Produces Prototypes in Record Time at Plastics One

June 21, 2018

TriMech is fortunate to work with clients from Maine to Florida and out to Arkansas, offering a wide range of engineering solutions. This week's client story showcases PlasticsOne and their use of the Stratasys Objet260 Connex3.

3D Printing

Hobby vs. Commercial 3D Printing

June 19, 2018

Periodically, we receive calls from our current Stratasys 3D printer customers who are considering adding a consumer-level hobbyist printer for additional output. We also hear from prospective companies asking why they should spend the additional money for a Stratasys commercial printer when they can buy a cheap hobby-level printer.

3D Printing, FDM Technology

5 Easy Steps For Painting FDM Printed Parts

June 13, 2018

So you've finished printing your FDM part, but how do you really make it stand out as a finished product? Color adds depth, contrast and character and ultimately brings a product to life. This is true for concept models, marketing samples and finished goods. The process of turning an FDM part into an eye-catching sample is the same as that for other plastic parts.

These are the five simple steps to make a part come to life:

Stratasys, FDM Technology, 3D Printing

Enhancements to the Stratasys F900

June 13, 2018

The Stratasys F900 already holds the title as the most proven and reliable manufacturing 3D printer. But it didn't earn that without continuous improvements. Keep reading to learn about the advancements made to the Stratasys F900 (formally the Fortus 900) in order to uphold their most reliable 3D manufacturing system title. 

3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Stratasys

Enhancements to the Stratasys J750

June 11, 2018

The most versatile printer on the market, the only one that can produce full-color, multi-material models in a single print, just got better. Can you believe it? Neither can we! Keep reading as we dive into the new enhancements for the Stratasys J750

3D Printing Materials, 3D Printing

Choose FDM and ABS/ASA Parts When Surface Finish is Top Priority

May 29, 2018

Yes, you did read that title right. It may seem counter intuitive and may go against everything you have been taught about 3D printing, but in reality ABS and ASA material have a few tricks hidden up their sleeve. There is a common notion to use ABS and/or ASA for strength and PolyJet/SLA for surface finish. However, you can get the strength and part stability ABS is known for, as well as the surface finish that rivals injection molded parts. And there are multiple methods of achieving this. 

Events and Webinars, CAM, Desktop Metal, Nano Dimension, 3D Scanning, 3D Printing

All New: Solution Partner Webinar Series

May 25, 2018

Did you know TriMech offers more products outside of SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys? We offer a variety of solutions that may be perfect for your business. You don't have to just take our word for it though. We have a Solution Partner On-Demand Webinar Series where you have a chance to learn about each one. 

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

PolyJet & FDM Working Together to Save Time and Money

May 22, 2018

For over a decade, companies have tried to pin FDM technology against PolyJet technology. Whether it be the fine detail of PolyJet capabilities outweighing the lack of support needed for FDM, or that the strength of materials available in FDM is worth the additional time of printing over the PolyJet, an argument can usually be made to justify one over the other. Although some industries may always lean one way more than the other, I am here to discuss the benefits of having both technologies under the same roof.

Nano Dimension, 3D Printing, TriMech News

Nano Dimension 3D Printer Up and Running

May 17, 2018

Did you know on a day off, an NBA player still goes through conditioning, physical therapy, studies film, analyzes plays, lift weights and so much more? Just like the basketball pros, our tech professionals continue to go through training (less protein powder is involved though). Most recently, our team in Marlborough, MA participated in classes to learn how to operate the new Nano Dimension printer, DragonFly 2020