3D Printing Techniques

Learn about different 3D Printing Techniques for creating prototypes and end-use parts

Procedures for shutting down your 3D printer to avoid costly damage

proper shutdown procedure for 3D printer

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, there may be a need to shutdown your 3D printer for an undetermined amount of time. If this is the case, it is very important to follow the proper procedures for shutting down your 3D printer to avoid damage or downtime when the printer is powered back up. Below…

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FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) Support Material Removal

BASS Support Material

FDM (fused deposition modeling) Technology™ lets you 3D print parts in a broad range of well tested plastics. FDM materials offer specialized properties like toughness, elastomeric flexibility, electrostatic dissipation, translucence, biocompatibility, UV resistance, VO flammability and FST ratings. This makes them perfect for demanding designers and engineers in aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, medical and other industries….

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3D Printing with PLA Tips and Tricks

PLA material

A thermoplastic made from renewable resources, PLA helps you produce design concepts quickly and economically in 11 different colour options. Benefit from the speed of fast-draft mode on the Stratasys F123 Series, and keep material expenses down. PLA offers fast printing, good tensile strength and a high stiffness ratio. Plus its low melting point and…

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3D Printing with PANTONE® Colours

3D printing with Pantone

Stratasys J835™ and J850™ 3D printers are PANTONE Validated™. This is the first additive manufacturing technology that offers professional design realism. Pantone, a leading global authority on professional colour standards in multiple vertical industries helps designers, modelers, and manufacturers all over the world accurately define, communicate, and consistently reproduce colours. Using a simple workflow, Stratasys…

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Design Optimization for 3D Printing

Design optimization 3D printing

A growing demand for 3D printing design services The proliferation of 3D printing technology has created a substantial demand for engineering services that create and deliver its benefits. At the forefront of these services is design optimization for 3D printing. The 3D printing industry has long recognized that engineering design for 3D printing is a…

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How to improve Aesthetic and Mechanical Properties of FDM 3D Printed Parts

Vapour smoothing FDM 3D printed parts

Finishing adds Value to your FDM 3D printed parts 3D printing technology breaks the rules of conventional manufacturing. It allows engineers to build complex geometries, create massive parts, consolidate multiple part components and design solely for form, fit and function rather than for the manufacturing process. Finishing/Post-processing enhances what a 3D printer can do, improving…

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How to convert CAD to STL for 3D Printing

Pictured above the control panel for STL conversion in SOLIDWORKS.

How CAD files are exported to STL is an important process for accurate building of parts. The step by step process for converting CAD to STL was taken straight from the mentioned companies websites. STL Definition STL is the standard file type used by most or all rapid prototyping systems. A STL is a triangulated…

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How to use a Metal 3D Printer

The Desktop Metal Studio System is the world’s first affordable, office-friendly metal 3D printing system. Safe and simple to use, the Studio System was designed to bring metal 3D printing to the shop floor by allowing engineering and design teams to make metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities or dedicated operators. Watch this…

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A closer look at 3D Printing Support Structures and their effect on part wash time

Support material used to fill in the channels.

Soluble Supports The use of soluble support material lifts one of the biggest barriers in designing for Additive Manufacturing (AM), which is the generation of complex structures and embedded channels within parts. Soluble 3D Printing Support Structures are designed to dissolve in a wash station, leaving only the model material behind. For context, the “wash…

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