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.
July 17, 2018
May 25, 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 TriMech RP Services and the Stratasys Fortus 450mc assisted The Assistive Technology Program at the McGuire VA Medical Center to help a quadriplegic gain back independence.
TriMech is the largest SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys reseller in the nation. Our clients recognize us for our extensive product offerings including the entire SOLIDWORKS portfolio, complete Stratasys 3D printer lineup, Artec 3D Scanners, Desktop Metal printers, Tulip Manufacturing Apps, CAMWorks CNC programming and more! Extensive engineering services, state-of-the-art technology and a broad print service network are only a few reasons TriMech is considered to have the top-ranked RP Service facilities in the nation. Keep reading to learn why we are your complete engineering solution.
April 5, 2018
Without water, life would cease to exist. In the United States, we never have to worry about the quality of our drinking water, but that's not the case for everyone around the world.
Successful rapid prototyping could be the difference between beating your competition to market or heading back to the drawing board. Lucky for you, one of our Application Engineers, Tommy DuPuy, shared some of his tips for successful rapid prototyping.
February 24, 2015
Do you work with living hinges? If you’re in the consumer products space, it's likely that’s a “yes.”
February 23, 2015
If your company is not familiar, the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) is a regional non-profit trade association that promotes medical device and medical device data systems (MDDS) companies in the southeast.
February 5, 2015
We are excited to announce the winner of our Makerbot giveaway!
Following our SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch events, ModernTech randomly selected one attendee to receive a Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D printer for his or her business. This year’s winner is Barry Adams from AutomationDirect.
This holiday season, ModernTech is focusing on the meaning of gratitude. We are thankful to have a great partner like Stratasys and to be a part of technology that impacts the lives around us. 3D printing enables manufacturers, designer and everyday people to create and print complex and customized parts.
Recently, we’ve had the fortune to work with Doug Shover, a Project Manager at The Lewis Group Architects in Knoxville, TN. Doug was working on a building project at the University of Tennessee when a contractor brought in a 3D printed model of their Strong Hall project. Interested in 3D printing technology, Doug obtained ModernTech’s information from the contractor and quickly reached out to us.
Doug’s 10-year old daughter, Riley, is Type 1 diabetic. Riley has a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) that allows her to measure glucose levels in real-time, identifying trends such as rapid high or rapid low. The only problem with Riley’s CGM was that her glucose levels could not be monitored remotely by her mom and dad.
Doug sought out solutions and discovered the Nightscout project, better known as CGM in the cloud. Nightscout is an open source, DIY project that allows real-time access to a CGM from web browsers via smartphones, computers, tablets and other technology. This integration is achieved by attaching an uploader device to the CGM and sending the information to the cloud. When searching for the best way for Riley to utilize the system, Doug found out about a 3D printed “rig” on thingiverse.com. The rig holds Riley’s phone, her CGM receiver, and a micro USB cable together.
See Nightscout case on thingiverse.com
Unaware of other solutions, Doug gave ModernTech a call and asked us to quote out the rig and provide information on available colors. After all, appearance was of utmost importance to a 10-year old girl. Without hesitation, ModernTech looked at the model from and adapted it to Riley’s needs and phone specifications. We decided to offer the rig for free as a gesture of support for the cause and to promote end use applications made possible with 3D printing. Riley now has her device and is pleased beyond words.
“The rig was invaluable in our situation and has provided Riley with a better quality of life. My wife and I now have a peace of mind that we have not had since her diagnosis,” said Doug. “3D printing the rig with ModernTech offered a customized solution that provided my family with immeasurable benefits in regards to management.”
If you have a problem, we would love to help you solve it. Contact TriMech for more information in Riley’s rig or other 3D printed solutions that can make a difference in the lives of our friends, family and neighbors.
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November 19, 2014
The Georgia Tech (GT) Lean Consortium Group of Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute recognized ModernTech customer Yokogawa for excellence in implementation "Best In Show" in its 5S Best Practices Contest 2014. Yokogawa was among the top 3 companies awarded for sharing its best practices as an entry to the contest.
This event marks the 2nd annual contest of its kind held by the GT Lean Consortium Group. It serves as an opportunity for individuals from member companies to showcase the projects they have taken on and to share their 5S best practices with other companies.
This year, the entries centered on 5S and Mistake Proofing. Companies were requested to submit a method in which they were incorporating 5S practices into their facility.
At the time of the contest, Yokogawa had recently acquired a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D printer through ModernTech as part of a trial program.
FDM gives Nova Tech Engineering virtually limitless design freedom at a fraction of the time and cost
August 28, 2014
"FDM is the perfect fit for us. It allows us to easily change designs at any stage in the game without being penalized by cost or delays."
— Jacob Rooney, Mechanical Designer, Nova Tech Engineering
Nova Tech Engineering (NTE), based in Willmar, Minnesota, produces automated machinery for use by poultry hatcheries worldwide. A key part of the company's success has been its ability to customize its machines to manage numerous types, breeds and sizes of birds. However, as the business grew, the cost of machining numerous variations became increasingly inefficient, costly and growth-inhibiting.
"We were spending a lot of time and money machining low-volume components which was detrimental to our overall operational efficiency," mechanical designer Jacob Rooney reflects. It is with these issues in mind that NTE turned to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).
August 6, 2014
PolyJet is one of two methods used to build prototypes on