3D Printing


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    F120 3D Printer Makes Industrial 3D Printing Affordable

    Dan Erickson by Dan Erickson on September 5, 2019

    F120With the release of the Stratasys F120, Stratasys continues its trend of offering more affordable 3D printing options for specialized markets. The F120 is an easy-to-use industrial-grade 3D printer in an office-friendly size. Combining the speed and efficiency of the F123-Series with larger material canisters allows greater productivity and design freedom. 

    Like the rest of the F123 lineup, the F120 is built to be used in an office space and used directly by engineers, designers and the like (even those without prior 3D printing experience) to produce professional prototypes and parts. F120's smaller size and price make sense especially for smaller-scale operations with financial or space restrictions, without compromising quality and accuracy.

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      Back to 3D Printing Basics | A Tip from a Tech

      Ryan Carpe by Ryan Carpe on August 26, 2019

      3D printing basicsLet’s talk about acronyms. We see these a lot in the 3D printing world (e.g., FDM, SLS, and SLA). One acronym that specifically stands out to me is B2B. Not Business to Business, but Back to Basics. As a field technician, whenever I start a new case or am stumped on a problem I always go back to the basics. 

      When I say B2B, I’m talking about proper maintenance for your 3D printer. This is the foundation for keeping your 3D printer up and running and it all starts with proper training. In our fast-paced lives, we can sometimes lose sight of the core basics we learned about machine maintenance. In this blog, I’ll highlight a few basic practices that can help keep your printer in prime condition.

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        The Transporter Project: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 6)

        David Janicki by David Janicki on August 22, 2019

        design to manufacturing projectEarly on in our Design to Manufacturing series, we revealed some design concepts for our headset/cellphone stand that our Application Engineers were working on. The seven designs up for consideration were designed around portability and adjustability yet were creative and functional. We were able to narrow the final design down to two. In part four we saw how the Holster Project came together, in this blog we’re going to take a look at the Transporter.

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          Finding a 3D Printing Services Provider in Michigan

          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on August 8, 2019

          3D printing service michigan3D printing services can be a helpful way for companies to strategically use 3D printing in a cost-effective way. Here’s what you need to know about 3D printing services and how you can find the right provider for you in Michigan. 

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            MakerBot Method 3D Printer: Review

            Dan Erickson by Dan Erickson on July 25, 2019

            MakerBot Method reviewIn the relatively short history of 3D printing, the 3D printer market has grown from exclusive and expensive to wide and varied. MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, has built its brand on making 3D printing accessible, and its newest release offers exciting opportunities for individuals who need access to industrial 3D printing without breaking the bank. Here’s what you need to know about the MakerBot Method 3D Printer.

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              Streamlining Industrial Design with an Industrial 3D Printer

              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on July 18, 2019

              industrial 3D printerIndustrial designers are challenged with designing the most effective and efficiently manufactured products and need robust hardware that can support their goals. For the fastest and most realistic prototypes, designers and manufacturers should leverage the power of additive manufacturing through 3D printers designed specifically for their needs: industrial 3D printers.

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                Everything You Need to Know About 3D Printing Jobs

                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on July 11, 2019

                3D printing jobs

                As industry 4.0 continues, the need for workers who can design and develop smart products and other technologies will only continue to grow. The demand for skills in 3D printing was on the rise globally as far back as 2014, and we can only expect that trend to continue. Current and future designers and engineers concerned about automation – or simply looking to stay ahead of the curve – should, therefore, consider a career in 3D printing, where they can leverage their skill set in a wide range of industries and help drive innovation forward.  Here’s what you need to know about 3D printing jobs.

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                  The Holster Project: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 4)

                  James Reeher by James Reeher on July 2, 2019

                  Design to Manufacturing series 4If you’ve been following along with our Design to Manufacturing Series, then you know that we’re on a mission to create a fully functional headset and cellphone stand. To do this, our Application Engineers are utilizing the entire suite of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software as well as additive manufacturing technologies including 3D printing and 3D scanning. For this particular entry, we’ll take a look at some of the tools that can help us identify, solve, and determine how we should proceed with our design process.

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                    3D Printing Best Practices: TPU Material (Part 2)

                    Ryan Henigan by Ryan Henigan on June 27, 2019

                    TPU Material best practicesThe newly released TPU 92A material from Stratasys for their F123 series 3D printers is a great addition to the FDM family of materials. TPU material is an elastomer, meaning it lets your produce flexible and elastic parts - opening new doors for prototyping with FDM technology. TPU is best suited for applications such as overmolds, seals, hinges, and gripper pads. To print with TPU material, all that’s required is a simple software upgrade, a small component upgrade, and a new swappable TPU print head. To help you get the best results, we’ve got some best practices you should consider. 

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                      Best Practices for Using TPU 3D Printing Material (Part 1)

                      Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on June 5, 2019

                      TPU 3D Printing best practicesIn November 2018, Stratasys announced a new breakthrough TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomer) material for their F123 Series FDM line of 3D printers. TPU92A is a Fused Deposition Modeling material with a 92 shore value and prints in 0.010”. TPU 3D printing material is excellent for applications like tubing, ducts, hoses, seals, gaskets, and protective covers. However, to get optimal results, like any specialty material, there are some specific precautions to take before you start printing your applications. Let’s take a look at some of these best practices.

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                        The Importance of Prototyping

                        Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on May 14, 2019

                        what is prototyping bottleAre you looking to accelerate your development, create better products, and beat out the competition but don’t know where to start? Although 3D printing is generating a lot of buzz, some companies are still unsure how it can help their design cycle and create better prototypes, or even what prototyping is — and that can put them at a major disadvantage. According to Forbes, prototyping was the most popular 3D printing application in 2018, with significant returns; 93% of companies using 3D printing in 2018 were “able to gain competitive advantages including reducing time-to-market and flexing to support shorter production runs for customers.”

                        So what is prototyping in 3D printing, and how do you take advantage of it? Here’s what you need to know.

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                          New Announcements from Stratasys: F120, V650 SLA Flex, and Pantone Colors

                          Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on April 4, 2019

                          Stratasys F120On April 1st, 2019, Stratasys announced some exciting new products to their additive manufacturing solutions portfolio. These new products include the F120 3D printer, which is an addition to their F123 Series line, the V650 Flex SLA 3D printer, and Pantone color capabilities for PolyJet which can be utilized on the J750 and J735 production 3D printers. Keep reading for a deeper look into these new innovations from Stratasys.

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                            What Can You Make with a 3D Printer?

                            Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on April 4, 2019

                            what can you make with a 3D printer? 3D printing has radically changed the way companies have done business, from 3D printing in the medical field to 3D printed airplane parts, but it’s no longer limited to big spenders. The availability of desktop 3D printers and designs has made it easier and more affordable for hobbyists to try 3D printing at home, and there is a wide range of personalized pieces you can make to sell or use yourself. Here are just four of the project categories you can explore with a 3D printer.

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                              Nano Dimension and the Power of PCB 3D Printing

                              Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on March 6, 2019

                              nano dimension closeupIn the time of industry 4.0, remaining innovative and evolving quickly is key to manufacturing success, especially when it comes to electronics. Yet manufacturers creating PCBs and other electronic components are often held back by outsourced designs that can delay the design cycle by weeks or even months.

                              To address this issue, companies like Nano Dimension have worked to adopt 3D printing to fit the unique needs of electronics development. Through revolutionary new hardware and materials, electronics designers and manufacturers can now leverage the power of additive manufacturing with PCB 3D printing. Here’s what you need to know.

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                                The History of 3D Printing: A 3D Printing Timeline

                                Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on February 28, 2019

                                history of 3D printingWith the prevalence of 3D printing and its rapid adoption across industries, it’s easy to think that the technology has been around for much longer than it has. In reality, the history of 3D printing dates back to the early 1980s, and in forty years has grown from a new process used by a select few to a mainstream technology adopted by everyone from hobbyists and engineers to manufacturers and researchers. What began as a relatively simple process has now evolved to encompass everything from bioprinting to metal 3D printers.

                                We’ve compiled some of the biggest moments in 3D printing history below, as well as projections on where 3D printing is headed in the future. By preparing yourself for industry 4.0, and following along with the disruption of 3D printing, you can help your business innovate, save money and gain a competitive edge.

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