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Additive Manufacturing with the German RepRap x500 for Customized Ride Comfort

Additive Manufacturing with the German RepRap x500 for Customized Ride Comfort
Using the German RepRap x500 3D printer speeds up development processes for functional structural components at Sika Automotive. A wide variety of ...

German RepRap Adds New Fiberglass- and Carbon-Reinforced Nylon 3D Filaments from DuPont to Its Portfolio

German RepRap Adds New Fiberglass- and Carbon-Reinforced Nylon 3D Filaments from DuPont to Its Portfolio
German RepRap simultaneously presents two new high-performance nylon (polyamide) 3D filaments: carbon-reinforced Zytel® 3D10C20FL BK544 1.75mm and ...

Formnext 2018: German RepRap Presents New Products & Materials

Formnext 2018: German RepRap Presents New Products & Materials
This year at Formnext, German RepRap will be exhibiting new developments and partners.  See them in Hall 3.1, Booth D40.

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...

Optimize for STRENGTH with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

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

To optimize for Speed on a German RepRap printer, you need to consider the layer size (similar to optimizing for surface finish...only opposite). ...

Optimize for SURFACE FINISH with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

We can optimize surface finish on any German RepRap 3D Printer with Simplify3D (our slicer software).  Surface finish is a function of layer size and nozzle size. The smaller both are, the better it looks. The tradeoff is print time, the smaller the layer and nozzle size are, the longer it takes to print.

Does a Heated Chamber really matter?

Does a Heated Chamber really matter?
To be fair, it only matters if you want to 3D print materials other than PLA and PETG.  At 3DChimera, most of our customers are engineers and thos...