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.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Education, 3D Printing Materials

    Printing Colors: PolyJet

    December 13, 2018

    3D printing in color has been around longer than you think. Do you need a prototype printed in yellow ABS? No problem, load a yellow spool of filament in your 3D printer and voilà! You have yourself a yellow part. How about blue? We have you covered, just toss some blue photopolymer in your SLA vat and BAM! A blue part can be printed. How about a part with multiple colors? No problem. Break out the trusty sandpaper and good old-fashion elbow grease, maybe some primer, then either spray or hand paint your model until your heart is content.

    Oh… you were hoping to have full color printed parts straight off the printer? Why didn’t you say so? Let me introduce you to Stratasys PolyJet technology.

    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. 

    3D Printing, FDM Technology

    The Stratasys F123 Series: What Makes It Better? [UPDATED]

    November 30, 2018

    You may be asking yourself, "what makes the Stratasys F123 Series any better than its predecessors?" Is it the easy material change, customer replaceable components, or the multi-material flexibility? Keep reading to find out the key differences that set the F123 Series in a class of its own.

    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.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning

    Making the Perfect Camera Mount

    November 16, 2018

    It's finally fall! For everyone who was dying in the summer sun, we finally made it and get some relief from the heavy heat! To me, fall is the time for watching leaves change color, eating my share of turkey on Thanksgiving and my favorite, riding my motorcycle through the mountains! Every year I cram as many weekend rides into the Blue Ridge Mountains to see the trees and enjoy the crisp air as possible. Like many riders, I have a camera to capture all the great scenery, as well as any road hazards. I typically mount my camera on the motorcycle itself, however, that’s only because I can’t find a mount that perfectly fits my helmet. 

    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. 

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, TriMech Services

    TriMech's New J750, And What It Can Do For You!

    November 6, 2018

    The J750 is Stratasys’ new flagship PolyJet 3D printer, capable of creating some of the most amazing parts and assemblies you can imagine. Here at TriMech, we’ve upgraded to the newest version of the J750 with all of the latest updates, and we’re all incredibly excited to start making new parts that fully take advantage of what this state of the art system can do!

    3D CAD, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, FDM Technology

    Halloween 2018

    October 31, 2018

    I LOVE HALLOWEEN, I am a giant child! So, I decided to play around with some of the different technologies that we offer here at TriMech.

    3D Printing, Aerospace Industry

    Manufacturing for Spaceflight Applications

    October 23, 2018

    3D printing is taking off in the aerospace industry – literally!

    The aerospace industry has always been an adopter of experimental technologies to further space exploration. Additive manufacturing is a perfect solution since most parts require low volume production, high levels of customization and complex geometries. 

    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.