3DChimera - Connecting the Dots

Sintratec Kit Quality - Proof is in the Prints

Sintratec Kit Quality - Proof is in the Prints
Given the low price point of the Sintratec Kit, we often get customers who wonder if the Sintratec Kit is really able to deliver quality results.

To print or not to print...Threads and 3D Printing

To print or not to print...Threads and 3D Printing

Customers commonly ask us if machine threads can be 3d printed into their parts, and it is a tricky because the answer is "it depends".  

FFF: Design for Printing

FFF: Design for Printing
As with all manufacturing processes, you will come across some limitations in terms of what designs are suitable for 3D printing. That being said, we are capable of printing extremely complex geometries that no other process could. As long as we keep our designs within these constraints, we can start to see some pretty incredible parts.

::Spoiler Alert:: We can 3D print PEI (made from ULTEM™ 9085 resin*)

::Spoiler Alert:: We can 3D print PEI (made from ULTEM™ 9085 resin*)

The magic of the X500 is not in these features though, it is the custom design for high temperature applications that makes all the difference in the world:

  • Hotend with a Max Temp of 450C
  • Build chamber with active heating, up to 105C
  • Water cooling for the hotend & stepper motors

The X500 was purpose-built for high temp 3D printing.  Unlike most of the printers that claim to print high-temp materials, the X500 can deliver. 

3D Printer = R&D Tax Exemption in Florida

3D Printer = R&D Tax Exemption in Florida
Are you a business based in Florida who is looking for a new 3D printer or 3D scanner?  Well, you are in good fortune this year as the Florida Department of Revenue is looking out for your growth.

3D Printing Tolerances & Fits

3D Printing Tolerances & Fits
Like any manufacturing process, in 3D printing it is important to understand the tolerances of the process so that you can properly design parts to fit together and function.

Business Bonus - Section 179 Explained

Business Bonus - Section 179 Explained
So fair warning here, we are going to be talking about tax code.  Before you tune out...this stuff is really simple and it can help save your business big $$.  That means the shiny new 3D printer or 3D scanner you have been eyeing all year may be just within reach with these savings.

Composites might just change the world

Composites might just change the world
Composites are a new class of 3D printing materials where polymers are mixed with reinforcing fibers.  Typically, these materials consist of a robust polymer base (like Nylon, PETG or ABS), which are then reinforced with chopped fibers (usually carbon fiber, glass fibers or even kevlar fibers). 

FFF: Nozzle Sizes Demystified

FFF: Nozzle Sizes Demystified

Nozzles can be a confusing topic in 3D printing, mainly because it feels intuitive that a smaller nozzle sizes would provide for a better finish.  This is simply not true.

When thinking about nozzle size there are really 2 things to consider...

You like HP MJF parts? Then you will LOVE Sintratec Desktop SLS parts!

You like HP MJF parts? Then you will LOVE Sintratec Desktop SLS parts!
If you have been watching the 3D printing industry at all over the last year, you could not miss the appearance of HP in the 3D printing market.  Frankly, the quality and surface finish on thesep arts is fantastic. There is a drawback though...the machines are super expensive (think north of $100k) and the parts printed as a service are not a bargain either, as most service bureaus are charging a premium for access to this new printer.

Optimize for STRENGTH with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

optimize for strength

There are many characteristics to consider when optimizing for strength.  Obviously, this is highly dependent upon the material properties of your filament.  It is also highly dependent on the number of shells in the part, the infill shape, and the infill density.

Optimize for SPEED with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

optimize for speed
To optimize for Speed on a German RepRap printer, you need to consider the layer size (similar to optimizing for surface finish...only opposite).  In this case, the nozzle diameter is also important to consider since we cannot print a layer thicker than 80% of the nozzle diameter.