CADD Edge 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Blog
Get to know the print bed axes--you'll use them for this tip!
This article is geared toward PolyJet 3D printer owners, but it's also a great introduction to thinking about how your 3D printer actually creates parts layer by layer and roughly how long parts take to print.
Focused on Speed
Keep in mind the tips below are focused on maximizing print speed. As you learn more about how PolyJet technology works, there will be times when you need to ignore one or more of these rules, but that will be the exception. We should also note the printer's built-in software, Objet Studio for Objet printers and PolyJet Studio for the new J750, has an automatic placement tool which will apply these various considerations for you.
Be sure to take a look at the axis diagram at the top of this article, then let's begin with understanding how the PolyJet printer head moves!Read More
We’ve got two great videos for you covering 3D printing for the medical industry. The first of the videos comes from the INTERPHEX 2016 show, where we brought some of the incredible new Stratasys J750 color prints including stunning hand and brain models. Watch as Kevin Billett explains how these parts, plus others in PolyJet and FDM, are generating rapid returns for the medical community.Read More
CADD Edge Stratasys Business Manager David Stockbower
There's a ton of noise when it comes to 3D printers. So, it's rare to get the straight information without a bunch of hype. This is just one of the great attributes about our staff, and especially our Stratasys Business Manager, David Stockbower. As an engineer with over 15 years of experience in manufacturing, design, product development, and 3D printing he's a fantastic resource with unsurpassed knowledge.Read More
Watch Stratasys Senior Vice President Eric Bert explain the Future of 3D printing in this exclusive video! Eric speaks to printers and materials, but he also gives a broader picture of how additive manufacturing and 3D printing are changing the way companies do business.Read More
Medical devices and surgical models are the subjects of this exclusive interview with Jeff Trail from Stratasys’ medical solutions group. Watch Jeff explain how two PolyJet printer lines, the Objet Connex3 line and the new J750, are providing incredible new capabilities in 3D printing of organs, vascular systems and device enclosures.Read More
Which is faster, FDM or PolyJet?
How much faster are the higher-end printers?
Attend any 3D printing event and you'll hear questions about material capabilities, resolution/tolerance and applications. Yet speed is probably the most common question, and you can guess why—3D printers can vary greatly in speed. Just how much? Well, in the white paper we are announcing (3D Printer SPEED Comparison, click here to get it now), the top printer handled one of our tests at rates 5-20X faster than the entry-level printers!
So the span of speed varies greatly across the line of printers we sell, but there's a lot more to this story than the "fastest" printer. For example, that same "fastest" printer was the slowest when printing a small part versus some of the other top printers. That's on the high end, but we compared entry-level Stratasys printers we sell too, which also revealed some surprising results.Read More
If you own or are considering a Stratasys Objet Connex1, 2 or 3 3D printer, we have very exciting news for you! As of this month, a new soluble support material is available for these printers, and it works on all materials1. Called SUP706, this new support material unlocks the high resolution of these machines for printing delicate features, hidden cavities and dramatically reduces the labor for post-processing parts—all as a free upgrade!Read More
Today we bring you another exciting aerospace application that shows where additive manufacturing is headed for end-use parts. Aurora Flight Sciences teamed up with Stratasys to create a UAV (unmanned aircraft or drone) using 80% 3D printed parts. The result? A mere 33-pound vehicle with a 9-foot wingspan and 150+MPH flight speed. What’s more impressive is the project design and build time were cut 50% over traditional methods.
How did they do it? To begin, it is notable that multiple additive manufacturing techniques including fused deposition modeling (FDM), laser sintering (SLS) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) were used in tandem. One of the FDM materials of choice was ASA—a thermoplastic with performance characteristics superior to ABS, but similar cost and ease of use with soluble support. With it, designers have increased freedom, such as incorporating wiring pathways and even assemblies that are created inside the printer.Read More
Watch the video above as CADD Edge application engineer Juan Carlos Gandiaga explains two applications well-suited for Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology. These two applications are LSR molding of silicone rubber and jigs/fixtures with soft-touch features to keep from damaging finished parts.
Our range of Stratasys Objet printers all feature PolyJet technology, where liquid resin is cured with UV light. The printers are office-safe and feature easy post-processing. Contact us to speak more about what can be done for your organization using this technology.Read More