How to Keep Your 3D Printer in Tip-Top Shape

    by Alex Pauley on February 28, 2018

    3D Printer maintenanceMost companies have a 3D printing solution that they use on a daily basis. Performing proper 3D printer maintenance will help ensure that your printer keeps running smoothly and continues to kick out parts in the best possible form. During my experience as a 3D printing field technician, I’ve seen several cases that could have been avoided if proper upkeep and routine maintenance were established. In this blog, I’m going to go over some helpful tips and tricks for both PolyJet and FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printers that will help you keep your projects on schedule, so you don’t fall behind.

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      Stratasys 3D Printing Materials: FDM Thermoplastics and PolyJet Materials

      by Lisa Hannon on September 27, 2017

      Stratasys-3D-Printing-Materials-FDM-Thermoplastics-and-PolyJet-Materials-13D printing is a rapidly evolving industry, and with it comes a slew of new and updated products: printers, software, and 3D printing materials. Perhaps two of the most well-known 3D printing materials are Stratasys’ FDM thermoplastics and PolyJet materials, with product lines that have expanded to meet the growing needs of engineers and designers. Although this growth is useful from an application standpoint, the sheer number of available material options can be overwhelming. The choice between FDM and PolyJet materials is based largely on application needs and the type of product you hope to create.

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        FDM and Polyjet Additive Manufacturing for Production Parts

        by Rob Stipek on August 8, 2016


        Everyone knows that
        additive manufacturing is great for taking a CAD design and turning it into a
        physical model. Prototyping and concept modeling have traditionally been where
        additive manufacturing has found its niche with production, design, and manufacturing engineers. Today users of professional 3D printers are taking the next steps in the evolution of the technology and finding ways to incorporate additive manufacturing into production parts. Producing end use parts with additive manufacturing technology not only dramatically reduces your production costs and delivery times, it also reduces inventory while creating new supply chain efficiencies and new business models.

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          SUP 706 Game Changer for Polyjet 3D Printing

          by Rob Stipek on June 29, 2016

          SUP 706 support material is a game changer for those looking
          to create complex and detailed prototypes and concept models. This hands-free
          soluble support material promises to make the cleaning and post processing of
          3D printed models, in particular those requiring intricately placed support materials, fast and easy. This material specific to Polyjet 3D printing, educes post-printing processing down to a two-step, automated soak and rinse process.soluble1

          Business that have projects that are time sensitive are reaping the benefits of SUP706 as time consuming post processing is drastically reduced and productivity is vastly improved upon.

          “The development of SUP706 provides a great combination of advantages for 3D printing users,” said David Tulipman, director of product management for PolyJet consumables at Stratasys. “Owners of PolyJet-based 3D printers can now print small, intricate features with greater reassurance, and clean several
          parts at once, enabling high volume 3D printing that’s both cost-effective and

          To learn more about SUP 706 and other 3D Printing support materials that are opening up new 3D printing application check out Fisher Unitechs upcoming webcast on the benefits of using soluble support. Click here to learn more and sign up.


            3D Printing for the Injection Molding Process

            by Rob Stipek on May 26, 2016
            In the world of injection molding, the amount of challenges that mold makers and part designers face can be overwhelming. Factors such as weld lines, air traps, balanced fill, and sink marks are just a small handful of issues that can be incredibly detrimental to producing a really good quality plastic part.
            Many designers utilize different simulation tools to ensure quality, but there is no substitute for being able to hold and touch a physical part, however tooling an aluminum mold for a small volume of parts can be rather expensive and take a fair amount of time to create.  This is where many injection molders are utilizing 3D print their molds saving both time and money when producing low volume production parts and prototypes.

            Utilizing Polyjet 3D Printing technology to create molds can be a great option under the right circumstances. These printers use a photopolymer to layer by layer build a molds core and cavity. The mold can be put into a mud base and injected with the actual material that the end use part will be made of. By doing this mold makers can produce parts that are high quality at a fraction of the cost. Granted these molds are not as durable as tradition injection molds but for low volume production 3D printed molds can be a major cost reduction tool.


              Not Just Why 3D Printing, but Why the Stratasys J750

              by Rob Stipek on May 3, 2016
              In order to create great products
              creativity, prototyping, and concept validation are key. Design engineers have
              broken new ground in their designs with Stratasys’ new J750 3D printer. Ever
              since it’s April debut, the J750 has made waves with its creative capabilities.

              Incredible Part Realism

              A hallmark of the Stratasys J750 is its true full-color capability, a breakthrough in 3D printing technology. Although printing in various colors isn’t new, getting the quality you want along with a whopping 360,000 color selection is.

              Unmatched Versatility

              This versatility originates from its robust material capacity, accommodating input of up to six base resins. Because advanced PolyJet systems create composite materials right on the build tray, the number of material options is far greater than the number of input materials. In the Stratasys J750, those six base resins yield hundreds of thousands of colors, translucencies and durometers.

              Fast, Efficient, and Easy to Use

              Printing with the J750 is easy, starting with PolyJet StudioTM software to process your part. PolyJet Studio is
              the next generation of Objet StudioTM software and offers multiple improvements for workflow efficiency. Improvements include an intuitive interface that makes
              it easy to choose material, optimize the build, and mange print queues. After the parameters of the part are selected, the user hits “print” and it’s ready to build.
              The J750 is ideal for any user, whether you’re planning on creating detailed surgical guides or looking to produce color coded jigs and fixtures.
              For more information, click here to download the newly released J750 EBook.


                New Stratasys J750 Breaking Down Design Walls

                by Rob Stipek on April 4, 2016
                Earlier today, Stratasys announced the J750, the
                latest addition to their world-leading professional 3D printer lineup. Building
                on the already successful high-resolution multi-material PolyJet technology,
                this printer delivers unrivaled aesthetic performance as the world’s first full color 3D printer.
                Unmatched Realism
                Full-color capability, texture mapping, and color
                gradients allow the creation of prototypes that look, feel, and operate like a
                fully finished product. Thanks to the Stratasys J750’s wide range of material
                properties, painting and assembly are no longer required.
                Maximum Versatility
                With the fastest PolyJet mult-material 3D printer,
                time for part intricacy and complexity is no longer a sacrifice. J750 allows
                users to take full advantage of unparalleled 3D printing by channeling a range
                of applications that previously required a several step process in order to
                achieve an all-in-one package with a vast array of colors and material
                properties. Users will now be able to print parts that feature Digital ABS
                alongside a variety of flexible Shore values and/or translucencies.
                Print with 6 Materials
                at Once
                The large, six-material capacity of the
                Stratasys J750 means you can load your most used resins and avoid downtime
                associated with material changeovers. Print simulated production plastics, like
                Digital ABS™, in half the time or with twice the resolution. With an astounding
                360,000+ color combinations to choose from and multi-material capability, the
                Stratasys J750 allows you to bring even your most imaginative ideas to life.
                Customer Success
                For more information on how customers are utilizing the new J750, check outthis case study discussing build service provider Synergy is saving their
                customers time and money, while providing the most vivid detailed concept
                models ever produced by a 3D printer.

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