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    3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

    End-of-Arm Tooling: Making the Right Tool for the Job

    September 8, 2020

    Robotic automation, frequently in the form of robotic arms, is used across multiple industries to automate tasks that require precision and call for high repeatability. End-of-Arm Tooling (EOAT) is one of the main components of robotic technology and typically refers to the device attached at the end of a robotic arm. In many cases, these robotic arms are used continuously for long periods and eventually need to be replaced, halting production, and becoming a financial burden. Traditional methods used to replace these parts, similar to CNC, can take up to 24 hours to produce a new part and do not guarantee the part will fit in the EOAT. Thankfully, 3D printing brings a solution to minimize downtime and ensure the replacement part will fit perfectly the first time. Let's look at some examples of how different companies in multiple industries have taken advantage of 3D printing to quickly fix their EOAT.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, GrabCAD Print, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    How to Reinforce Your FDM Part in GrabCAD Print

    August 18, 2020

    In this Video Tech Tip, we go over some easy ways to add strength to your FDM parts in GrabCAD Print. GrabCAD allows users to effectively add strength to certain areas without using excess materials.

    FDM Technology, Post-Processing

    3D Printing Support Removal, Are you Losing the Race?

    August 11, 2020

    The importance of increased productivity, quality and consistency are rapidly growing in necessity in many industries to stay a step ahead of the competition. Many are taking advantage of rapid prototyping to produce jigs, fixtures and tools with FDM materials that provide engineering-grade strength and a faster timeline to production. This advancement of improved design and build processes is very important to the improved productivity, but the final step in production is often overlooked as an opportunity to further optimize overall production times.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Installing Heat-set Inserts Into FDM Parts

    August 4, 2020

    So you need threads within your plastic 3D printed part and you are questioning the holding strength of printed or threads, and you should. There are few applications where a 3D printed threaded hole for a piece of conventional hardware will do the trick. It is okay, we don’t need to sugar coat it, 3D printing can do some downright amazing things, but 3D printed threads are not high on the list. How about under sizing the hole and reaming it and tapping a threaded hole? Great question and a great solution in some situations. Depending on how fine the thread pitch is, the end condition of the hole, your available tap sizes and expected pulling force – cut threads might not, well…cut it. Chances are, what you need is a threaded insert.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, Education

    Surprising Ways an Engineering Department Can Use 3D Printing

    July 21, 2020

    As we have seen throughout this series, departments in different areas such as healthcare and fine arts have benefited from 3D printing and have taken advantage of the different 3D printing technologies available. Today, engineering departments are also implementing 3D printing to expand their students' knowledge and prepare them for future jobs in manufacturing. Different universities have implemented rapid prototyping centers or created curricula to offer advanced additive manufacturing degrees or certifications. In today's article, we go over some of these programs.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Post-Processing

    Post-Processing ABS and ASA 3D Printed Parts

    July 8, 2020

    Selecting the right 3D printing technology can be difficult, especially when you consider all the different key drivers in the decision-making process. Are you looking for a smooth surface finish? Maybe you’re looking for strong mechanical properties with a common, easy to use plastic such as ABS or ASA? Now, what if I told you that you didn’t always need to compromise here? With minimal amounts of post-processing techniques, you can achieve a smooth injection molded finish using FDM technology. Sure, parts are fully functional right off the print tray, but utilizing an additional post-processing step can help elevate your part to the next level, and really catch the end user’s eye. Like the flexibility that 3D printing provides, users have many different solutions for their post-processing needs, so let’s dive in!

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    How to Properly Store 3D Printing Materials

    June 30, 2020

    Raw 3D printing material symbolizes infinite possibilities unlocked by the user’s creativity; however, if the raw material is mistreated and improperly handled, that potential vanishes. Making sure to take proper care of raw materials and store them in their intended conditions is the best way to ensure high quality prints. In times of extended shutdowns, or simply long hiatuses between prints, it’s imperative to store material properly.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Post-Processing

    Surface Finishing Using SRF Technology

    May 19, 2020

    Support removal and surface finishing are very important final steps to completing the perfect part. These final steps come with variables that could damage your print if not handled properly. One type of surface finishing is Suspended Rotational Force (SRF) which brings hands-free and reliable surface finishing that eliminates the variables that could lead to damaged parts. Let's dive into this surface finishing technology and how it will make a difference in finishing your parts.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Post-Processing

    Support Removal Using VVD Technology

    March 24, 2020

    Support and resin removal are often overlooked when it comes to the crucial steps needed to ensure your final part is perfect. Multiple variables come in to play, such as different materials and types of removal, which creates more opportunities to damage your prints. Volumetric Velocity Dispersion (VVD) brings a reliable solution to the variables of support and resin removal with automated removal using two jet rack manifolds to provide gentle and accurate support removal on complex geometries. Let's dive into this support and resin removal technology and how it will make a difference in finishing your parts.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology

    Microns in 3D Printing: Do They Matter? [UPDATED]

    March 17, 2020

    If you own a 3D production system or have considered 3D printing as a solution, it is important to understand which is more important for your application: dimensional accuracy and repeatability or resolution. In this blog article, we discuss why layer thickness is listed as microns in 3D printing and why that matters.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Post-Processing

    Support Removal Using SVC Technology

    February 25, 2020

    When it comes to 3D printing, there is plenty of information on how to set up the perfect print. However, there is another important step to achieving that impeccable model that often gets overlooked in the process, removing the support correctly to ensure there is no damage to the part. Submersed Vortex Cavitation (SVC) is a type of technology that is ideal for automated hands-free removal of support material on multiple types of 3D printed parts. Let's dive into this technology and how it can make a difference in finishing your parts and prototypes.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

    A Closer Look at the Continuous Build 3D Printer from Stratasys

    December 10, 2019

    The Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Printer is here to help you reduce your production time by allowing you to print various jobs at once, one after the other. This smart, modular, FDM manufacturing automated printing system will enable you to produce multiple parts quickly without any interruptions and with a variety of colors.