The MakerBot Method line is an open-source platform that brings a world of new options for prototypes right to your desktop. Recently, MakerBot extended the capabilities for their Method platform and launched the Carbon Fiber Edition, which consists of a composite carbon fiber extruder that further expands the printers' production range so that it can create stronger and lighter parts. To expand their material library and enhanced the Method platform's capabilities, MakerBot just launched the new Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber and several Polycarbonate materials. Let's take a look at what is now possible with these new materials.
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October 6, 2020
Ever wonder what the best way is to produce your metal part or prototype? There are metal 3D printing options available which offer both powder and non-powder options, but sometimes the process simply requires casting to be the right solution. In this article, we'll introduce you to Stereolithography as an option for investment casting and see how it stacks up against more traditional methods.
September 25, 2020
This week's Product Story showcases nVent and how they utilize Stratasys 3D printing to create a custom solution to an intricate problem.
An electrical solutions company, nVent, specializes in solving unique problems across different industries and faces multiple challenges with needing custom parts created based on each project. Just like any other company that services a wide variety of industries, they face manufacturing constraints with creating specific parts for each client. Machined components are the traditional way of acquiring these parts and can be costly and can take weeks to produce. Let's dive in to how they utilize Stratasys 3D printers to build the part on demand.
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.
July 27, 2020
The Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology lets you produce high-quality, high-accuracy parts and prototypes at a reduced production cost. Many times, however, your prototypes might need a little hand to help you achieve the desired result. In this blog article, we review some of the processes that can help you create the ideal casting molds for your parts or prototypes, such as Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding (LSR), using the PolyJet technology. We review their differences and which materials are suitable for each of these processes to aid you in getting your ideal end-result.
The Stratasys V650 Flex brings outstanding upgrades to the capabilities of Stereolithography 3D printing. Imagine the versatility of choosing your own materials with the only open-material system from Stratasys. With 2x the print capacity of competitor's models, open-material system capabilities and faster prototyping, you will not have to choose between quantity and quality. This powerful addition has a small footprint and will continue to print even if the power goes out.
June 2, 2020
Gone are the days of simple monochromatic 3D printing. Now, more than ever, we need a single language to connect product designers to model makers to ensure that prototypes look just as they were intended, and the PANTONE color scheme is the key for creating products and prototypes with 100% color specificity! This allows manufacturers to visualize the exact color of their products or prototypes, and to match their colors to brand or product guidelines as needed. For the past decade, we have seen how the 3D printing industry has evolved to full and multi-color printing and how today, there are multiple PolyJet 3D printers capable of creating full-color, high-accuracy parts with the PANTONE colors. In this article, we explore the different PolyJet 3D printers that can print using the PANTONE matching system (PMS).
May 21, 2020
Technological advancements in 3D printing and scanning have opened up so many possibilities to revolutionize the fashion industry. Stratasys has teamed up with innovative designers to produce 3D printed clothing that goes beyond traditional fabrics. They unveiled a major breakthrough with flexibility, customization and replication of any color.
May 20, 2020
Since the launch of the METHOD platform, MakerBot has been expanding the material capabilities of their METHOD and METHOD X 3D printers. This week, they announced the newest addition to enhance the METHOD platform; a composite carbon fiber extruder that further expands the printers' production range so that it can now create stronger and lighter parts with carbon fiber-infused composite material.
May 15, 2020
This week's Product Story showcases biomechanically accurate models that are 3D printed using the J750 Digital Anatomy Printer at the Jacobs Institute.
The Jacobs Institute specializes in collaborating with industry and physicians to drive innovation. They teamed up with Stratasys to make the idea of creating anatomical models that represent the actual look and feel of tissue become a reality. The goal was to provide an alternative to cadavers and animal studies while still providing specific pathologies to practice procedures.
In 2019, Stratasys announced that their J735/J750 and their J835/J850 PolyJet machines successfully passed the rigorous requirements needed to make them the world’s first and only PANTONE-validated 3D printers. This was a huge hit and manufacturers around the world were rejoicing. At the beginning of this year, Stratasys launched the J826, which is also PANTONE-capable and changes the game for 3D printing as design and prototype colors can now be matched with 100% specificity. Most recently, they released the newest member of the J-series, the J55, the first 3D printer to use a rotational printing sequence to bring you high-quality and high-accuracy parts in an office or studio environment.
April 29, 2020
As a leader in the 3D printing industry, Stratasys is continuously improving their product portfolio and technologies to provide you the best solutions available in the market. It has been an exciting few months for their PolyJet J-series of printers, and it continues to get better. Stratasys just launched their newest addition to this family, the Stratasys J55, designed to bring you unparalleled part realism, in an office or studio environment, at an affordable price.