SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Stratasys

    Best Practices When Designing Plastic Parts

    April 5, 2019

    3D printing is currently leading the pack on the prototyping side of things. It’s fast, affordable and extremely easy to design parts. 3D printers use two main technologies, PolyJet and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), each with its own set of considerations. There are several methods for creating plastic parts – at both the prototyping and production level as well as some best design practices for better parts result.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

    Product Launch: New Stratasys F120 3D Printer

    April 2, 2019

    Stratasys announces the newest member to their growing F123 family: the Stratasys F120 bench-top FDM 3D printer. This latest addition makes the industrial 3D printing technologies of the most reliable printer series in the industry even more accessible to designing and engineering teams. The printer will be available at a significantly lower entry cost, all while keeping the build size the same and increasing material volume.

    SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Stratasys

    5 Basic Steps for Making a Functional Prototype

    March 26, 2019

    3D printing a functional prototype is one of the most critical steps in the development of any product or solution. It allows for testing, hands-on fit and finish testing and the ability to make design iterations on the fly before the final product is made. It allows for problems and defects to be found quickly, saving you both time and money. Plus, prototyping can be done in 5 easy steps.

    3D Printing, MakerBot, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    When Is It Best to Use PLA?

    March 12, 2019

    Polylactic Acid (PLA) is one of the most widely used thermoplastics in 3D printing, specifically in Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers. PLA is widely used on hobbyist level printers for its speed and overall part quality, but it's not very popular on higher-end machines because it lacks strength and resistance to heat and chemicals. That makes it unsuitable for any kind of applications that rely on those qualities, like jigs and fixtures. However, there are characteristics of PLA that could make it very useful for engineers or hobbyists on certain types of projects.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, GrabCAD Print

    GrabCAD Advanced FDM Features

    February 26, 2019

    Have you ever 3D printed a part and it wasn't as strong as you'd hoped? Maybe before printing, you decide your part needs additional strength in one area and not another. Maybe you're going to drill a hole or put a threaded insert inside of a part and you just wanted to add strength just to those key areas. Well, now there's a tool that can do that without having to send the design back into your 3D CAD software. In this video blog, TriMech Application Engineer Ricky Shannon will walk through the new GrabCAD Print Advanced FDM toolset.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    How to Make Your PLA and ABS Filaments Last Longer

    February 21, 2019

    PLA and ABS material filaments are very popular choices for 3D printing. They are both thermoplastics, are used in a wide range of printer models and have an ideal price range, which makes them great options for printing 3D projects. To get the best results you need not only to take care of your printer but also remember to store your materials properly.

    3D Printing, Desktop Metal

    Creating Bottle Openers With the Desktop Metal Studio System

    February 5, 2019

    Here at TriMech’s Connecticut office, we had been printing in 17-4 stainless steel using the Desktop Metal Studio Printer beta unit, but in December of 2018, we installed the complete Desktop Metal Studio System! Having the debinder and furnace in-house has really helped us speed up design time on our prototype sample parts.

    Now, it’s time to unveil our first official TriMech branded sample part in 17-4 stainless steel from the Studio System, a metal bottle opener.

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

    The Best Material for Automotive Lighting Covers: VeroVivid

    January 15, 2019

    Today I’d like to introduce some new 3D printing materials which take our prototype automotive lighting component printing capabilities to the next level: the VeroVivid Color Family.

    3D Printing, MakerBot

    Introducing the MakerBot Method

    January 10, 2019

    MakerBot Method is MakerBot's newest addition to their 3D printer portfolio. A pioneer in the professional segment category built with improved, patented industrial technologies from Stratasys®, combined with MakerBot's industry-leading accessibility and smart workflow features. Method will allow organizations to adopt 3D printing on a larger scale. Industrial designers and mechanical engineers will now be able to accelerate their innovation process and become more agile. Method is designed for professionals who need immediate access to a 3D printer in order to speed up their design cycles.

    3D CAD, 3D Printing, Desktop Metal, 3D Printing Materials

    5 Misconceptions of 3D Printing

    January 8, 2019

    We eat, sleep, breath and dream 3D printers. We're also well aware that we're not the norm and some people are just starting to learn about our obsession. As the printers gain popularity and start getting talked about more and more, we've noticed that there are a few misconceptions about the technology. Rather than turning a blind eye, we're taking a page out of the MythBusters' playbook and setting the record straight.

    3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    The Story of the TriMech 2018 Holiday Ornament

    December 26, 2018

    Magic is in the air this holiday season at TriMech with all of the new toys we’ve been getting here in our print lab lately. Since we’ve been given the gift of an incredible new Stratasys J750, I decided that it would be great to get into the holiday spirit and create a miniature winter scene to share with some of my clients and co-workers that don’t get to experience all of the charm and joy that snow brings this time of year.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    Comparing Antero 800NA and Ultem 1010

    December 18, 2018

    When it comes to selecting a high-strength material, Stratasys offers many different materials to choose from depending on your specific requirements. One of the strongest available materials is ULTEM 1010, a high-performance industrial-grade thermoplastic noted for its high strength, stiffness, and broad chemical resistance. With the recent addition of the Antero 800NA material, you may be wondering which material is right for your specific application. In this post we’re going to discuss some of the key differences between ULTEM 1010 and Antero 800NA and take a closer look at this new material.