3D Printing, FDM Technology, Client Stories

    Client Story: Thermoforming Using 3D Printed Tooling

    October 16, 2018

    TriMech is fortunate to work with clients from Maine to Florida and out to Arkansas, offering a range of engineering solutions. This week's client story showcases a global packaging solutions provider and their use of Stratasys FDM technology. 

    3D printing is progressively changing the way products are designed, prototyped and you guessed it - packaged! For example, one of our longtime clients is a global packaging solutions provider who produces packaging products for virtually every industry. Their corporate office uses Stratasys 3D printing equipment to advance their development and testing of thermoformed packaging products.

    3D Printing, Desktop Metal

    Features of the New Studio System+

    September 27, 2018

    With the announcement of the new Studio System+, Desktop Metal is bringing additional innovative capabilities to the world’s first office-friendly metal 3D printing solution for rapid prototyping. The three-part system, including printer, debinder and furnace, automates metal 3D printing by integration with Desktop Metal’s cloud-based software to deliver a seamless workflow —from digital file to sintered part.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, 3D Printing Materials

    3D Printing Sacrificial Cores for Carbon Fiber Composite Layups

    September 25, 2018

    We want to tell you about a great application for our Stratasys FDM printers: 3D printing sacrificial cores. This is perfect for creating composite parts (such as hollow carbon fiber auto parts) with higher precision than traditional methods. Perhaps the best part is that it doesn’t require much complexity or expense on the 3D printing side, and the results are arguably better than you get with traditional methods. You’re getting the end-use part, in the real composite material, but with more design flexibility and smooth surfaces inside and out.

    3D Printing, Desktop Metal

    Introducing Desktop Metal's Studio Fleet

    September 20, 2018

    Built to scale, the new Studio Fleet leverages Studio System+ technology, including a software-controlled workflow and stackable shelving for batch processing. For the first time, on-demand metal 3D printing will deliver accessible and scalable manufacturing that adapts to diverse business needs, part requirements, production volumes and cost constraints. 

    3D Printing, Medical, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    FDM Material Biocompatibility

    September 11, 2018

    3D printing has come a long way from where it started. It has made so many advances that it can even help save people's lives. Currently, Stratasys offers (3) different materials that have either been tested by the raw material manufacturer, or by Stratasys, and have some level of compliance.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology

    Jigs & Fixtures: One Way Or Another It Can Be Printed

    September 4, 2018

    3D printing processes are easy to implement and offer a wide variety of materials to support a part’s requirements while eliminating cost, lead time and design barriers to adopting manufacturing aids on the shop floor. 3D printed jigs and fixtures open up new possibilities for manufacturing-floor productivity, with fast and nearly labor-free production that doesn't require the overhead of highly skilled CAM programmers and machinists.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology

    Top 3 Industry Uses for PolyJet Printers

    August 21, 2018

    Technologies like Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) are commonly known by both the most experienced, and novice, manufacturers. However, a vast number of professionals are not as aware of the use cases for Stratasys PolyJet technology. In this blog, I focus on PolyJet printers and the three leading industries that use this remarkable advancement in additive manufacturing.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology

    SLA vs. PolyJet [Technology Review]

    August 14, 2018

    Every company aims to print parts that have the look and feel of a finished product. However, if you’re more than a hobbyist it is important to understand the different types of precision 3D printing technologies available. This blog discusses the differences between Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) from 3D Systems and Triple Jetting Technology (PolyJet) from Stratasys. Understanding the differences between how SLA vs. PolyJet impact your application will help determine your current and future needs from a 3D printer.

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

    FDM or PolyJet: Which One Is Better For Consumer Goods

    July 31, 2018

    In most cases, when working with prototypes for consumer goods, product development engineers want a print that will most closely represent the final production part. The ability to print new iterations on the fly, as multiple changes typically take place, is crucial. This is where 3D printing comes in handy. Keep reading to learn the advantages of both PolyJet and FDM technologies when it comes to consumer goods.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Stratasys, Make Your Own Solution, solidThinking

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

    July 30, 2018

    327 in³ of model material. 298 in³ of support material. 250 hours of print time. 41 parts. 20 hours of building and assembly. 1 kayak. 

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

    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.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, MakerBot, Applications, 3D Printing Materials

    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.