3D Printing, FDM Technology

Which Is Better: Round vs. Diamond Shaped Holes

September 21, 2017

Anyone who prints parts with multiple holes knows the headache that can come from designing and post-processing round shapes. In this blog, we are saying goodbye to traditional round shaped holes and exploring the benefits of 3D printing diamond shaped holes instead. 

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Differences Between ABS and ASA

September 13, 2017

Stratasys offers a variety of thermoplastic materials, all of which are designed to make strong, durable parts. Traditionally, consumers tend to gravitate toward ABS because it is the most well-known of the thermoplastic materials Stratasys offers. However, there is a dark horse in the FDM material lineup that few people look into, and it could prove to be a better solution to your needs over ABS. That material is called ASA. Keep reading to see how the two materials compare.

3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

Comparing Nylon FDM Materials: Which is Better?

September 8, 2017

For this article, we compare the three different nylon based materials offered by Stratasys for FDM 3D printing. Each of these materials have their own advantages and drawbacks. Keep reading to learn about the technical properties of Nylon 6, Nylon 12 and Nylon 12CF (carbon filled) and why you would choose one material over another for your next engineering project.

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

Top 4 Industry Uses for FDM Printers

August 25, 2017

By this point in your life, chances are you have probably used a hot glue gun at least once. It is a common household tool used for a variety of projects. Stratasys FDM 3D printers are the same. Like glue guns, FDM technology is a common additive manufacturing tool for a range of applications. In this blog, I highlight the top four industry uses for FDM printers.

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

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

June 9, 2017

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. To close our the series, in video four we walk through choosing the proper 3D printing technology and options to build our parts.

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology, Applications

How to Use Acetone in Post-Processing: Vapor Smoothing FDM Parts

May 9, 2017

If you have an FDM 3D printer, you might have heard about vapor smoothing parts. For those who have not seen it yet, you're in luck! Because in this blog we discuss how to use acetone in post-processing and use vapor smoothing on FDM parts.

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

How to Maintain a Stratasys FDM 3D Printer

May 2, 2017

In a previous blog, I explained how to maintain a Stratasys Objet 3D printer and the importance of keeping your machines running smoothly. Regardless of which printer you have, there are certain levels of upkeep required. In this blog, we outline how to maintain a Stratasys FDM 3D printer.

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

How To Recover From Loss of Extrusion in Your 3D Printer

April 28, 2017

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology, Applications

What to Know About Composite Tooling with FDM Technology

April 25, 2017

Stratasys 3D printers support a wide range of additive manufacturing applications. PolyJet and FDM technology offer game-changing solutions from rapid prototyping to manufacturing tools and production parts to finishing processes. This blog provides an overview of popular 3D printing applications and what to know about composite tooling with FDM technology.

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS): Infinite Build 3D Demonstrator

April 19, 2017

In part 1 of our two-part International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) blog, we explored the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator introduced at last year's event. But the multi-axis additive manufacturing robot wasn't the only technology that took crowds by storm. In part 2 of our blog series, we dive into the Infinite Build 3D Demonstrator and what this system has to offer the manufacturing technology industry.

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS): Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator

April 12, 2017

At last year's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, attendees got a glimpse of several of the most innovative, emerging technologies. Out of 2,407 exhibitors, Stratasys caught all eyes and ears with the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator and Infinite Build 3D Demonstrator. In part 1 of our two-part blog, we explore what the 3D printing robot has to offer the manufacturing technology industry.

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

How to Change FDM Material Color

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.