3D Printing Hollow Parts Using FDM Technology Saves Time, Money and Materials

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Creating end-use or prototyping parts, regardless of industry, can be a time-consuming and expensive process. FDM 3D printing technology offers a solution that blends quick turnaround with a financial benefit. What is it? Leaving the inside of a 3D print hollow, which uses less material, can add up … [Read more...]

Straight Talk on the Accuracy of Fortus 3D Production Systems

While making CAD designs, do you ever wonder how faithfully they'll be rendered on a 3D printer? Have you asked yourself how dimensionally accurate the 3D printed part would turn out? You might be surprised at how far rapid prototyping has come in terms of accuracy. Whenever we design a part, we … [Read more...]

The Importance of Tip Flicker and Brush Height in FDM Machines

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology users sometimes find material buildup on tips or embedded material in the part. This never causes frustration (cough, sarcasm). When we are asked for solutions, the first thing we look at is the brush and flicker height. Believe it or not, these little p … [Read more...]

FDM Technology: The Personal 3D Printing Assistant You've Been Waiting For

No doubt FDM Technology has come a long way from the get-go. I was 6 when Scott Crump invented FDM, but I’ve heard stories of technicians having to stop the machine and install support structures manually. I can’t even fathom doing that today since we are spoiled with support structures automaticall … [Read more...]

3D Printing Annihilates Barriers

Day in and day out, 3D Printing is taking product development into the future. Machine offerings are getting better by the year, magnifying the advantage that users enjoy. Real industrial-grade plastics provide the freedom to use 3D-printed parts not only for fit testing and functionality, but also … [Read more...]

Experiment With STL Resolution for Better 3D Printing

STL files are essential to 3D printing. An STL file is what you can export from your CAD software to proceed with the 3D printing process. Most or all 3D printers read the surface of the STL file to produce its geometries. Whatever your computer and CAD software capabilities are, exporting an STL fi … [Read more...]