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

    3D Printing Living Hinge Prototypes: Best Practices [UPDATED]

    October 11, 2019

    Do you work with living hinges? If you’re in the consumer products space, it's likely that’s a “yes.” A living hinge is simply a one-piece hinge—just a thin, flexible piece made from the same material as the rigid components it connects. Living hinges are found in plastic packaging, dispensing caps, thermoformed clam shell packaging and more. Manufacturing guidelines are easy to obtain for a variety of use cases.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology

    A Brief History of Additive Manufacturing

    October 4, 2019

    Manufacturing Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday of October, this year falling on October 4th. It is a day to boast the amazing and valuable work that is created in America’s manufacturing and fabrication sectors and to change the public perspective on what it means to have a career in manufacturing.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

    Desktop or Industrial Grade 3D Printing - Reliability

    September 27, 2019

    A 3D printer is only good if it's working, which is what the Stratasys F123 Series does day in and day out. From the steel box frame that helps maintain calibration to the precision temperature control that protects parts, while ensuring accuracy, the F123 Series is built to serve. It’s a smart business move as it delivers unparalleled performance and reliability year after year.  

    FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials

    Know Your Materials: ULTEM

    September 26, 2019

    ULTEM is a thermoplastic material that is known for its high strength and heat-resistant properties. It is used in various industries ranging from aerospace to food production. There are many different types of ULTEM resin and each one comes with specific certifications and multiple grade options making it ideal for even the most complex and regulated projects. 

    3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, Education

    How Universities are Using Additive Manufacturing

    September 23, 2019

    Additive manufacturing continues to be an asset in developing products in many industries due to the quick turnaround for creating prototypes which saves both time and money. Universities are also using additive manufacturing in the classroom to better prepare students for their future careers. We've looked at several schools and institutions that are using this technology to create a culture of innovation and accountability where students can explore their design solutions through trial and error with physical prototypes to test. 

    3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

    Desktop or Industrial Grade 3D Printing: Safety

    September 20, 2019

    The Stratasys F123 Series printers have built-in essential safety features to ensure a safe printing process. 3D printers reach high temperatures and have moving gears which have the potential to burn someone. The Stratasys F123 Series is designed to limit the risk of injury through the safety features on the printers.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

    Desktop or Industrial Grade 3D Printing: Accuracy

    September 13, 2019

    The Stratasys F123 Series demonstrates the capability to print high-quality designs because of its accuracy, reliability, durability and safety. It redefines the ability to produce, design and perform faster while getting the results you want. The Stratasys F123 Series is designed to ensure you get the accurate results you need to match your print to your design.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

    Desktop or Industrial Grade 3D Printing: Durability

    September 6, 2019

    The Stratasys F123 Series prints accurate, durable and repeatable parts with engineering grade and fast draft PLA material options. It’s a smart business move as it’s designed for the way you work. The Stratasys F123 Series boasts many advancements that make it a worthy replacement for those now dated machines that break down quickly.

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

    Commercial vs. Hobby 3D Printing

    August 30, 2019

    Generally speaking, Fused Deposition Modeling or “FDM” technology (the kind that layers material from spools of filament) is the most common and widely accessible form of 3D printing being used today. Whether you're an absolute beginner to 3D printing or have been using FDM printers for years, it can get confusing when comparing printer options and how important they are to what you are trying to create. With all the different hardware configurations, material options and applications available, it's worth taking a closer look at some of the fundamental features found in consumer-level (or “hobbyist”) printers and those in industrial-grade 3D printers to better understand how either can achieve specific production goals.

    Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

    What's New With GrabCAD Print: Versions 1.29, 1.30 & 1.31

    August 1, 2019

    Stratasys GrabCAD Print is a sophisticated 3D printing app that allows designers and engineers to prepare, schedule and monitor 3D printing jobs. Since its release, GrabCAD has continued to make exciting updates to this software and we will be updating you every other month on its new features. In this set of release notes, we will be looking at versions 1.29, 1.30 and the just-released 1.31.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

    How to Make Multi-Colored Prints with FDM

    July 22, 2019

    Stratasys 3D printers offer two main technologies through which multi-color printing can be accomplished. PolyJet technology is the most widely known that allows you to 3D print multi-color, multi-material parts and is known for its detailed and realistic results. Surprisingly, many people do not know that single-print, multi-colored prints are also possible when using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology. Using Stratasys 3D printers and GrabCAD Print software, the process is actually very simple.

    FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials

    Know Your Materials: PC and PC-ABS

    July 18, 2019

    PC and PC-ABS materials are known for being industrial-grade thermoplastics that are widely used in the automotive, medical, electronics and telecommunication industries. Being able to combine customization, strength and heat resistance set these materials apart.