During Stratasys application engineer Mark Bashor’s first week on the job, he was charged with designing new display models for the showroom. “I noticed that we were in need of some patriotic flair. I came up with the idea of 3D printing our nation’s flag to showcase the Fortus 900mc 3D Production System’s three-foot wide build chamber.”
Bashor used Stratasys’ Insight software to model the flag, taking advantage of the software’s slice editing commands to keep the flag to its proper proportions.
The flag was created using Stratasys’ FDM production-grade plastic (ABS-M30) in red, white and blue. Pauses were scheduled in the 3D printing program to allow for material changes, which achieved the multi-colored stars and stripes pattern. Total time to 3D print this flag? 22 hours and 20 minutes.
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