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PLA vs. ABS 3D Printing

By |2019-08-05T11:15:39-05:00August 5th, 2019|3D Printing|

PLA vs. ABS 3D Printing ABS and PLA are both plastic filaments that can be printed via desktop 3D printers. PLA is commonly used by beginners because it is easy to print and can create aesthetically pleasing pieces. ABS is more difficult to work with, but it is worthwhile due to its increased strength [...]

3D Printing Materials

By |2019-07-19T15:47:42-05:00July 12th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing Materials There are a lot of different materials available for 3D printing, and it can be difficult to know which will best suit your needs. In this article, we’ll discuss the four main categories of 3D printing materials, their properties, how they’re produced, and their best uses.  Extruded Thermoplastics Extruded thermoplastics are [...]

Polycarbonate 3D Printing

By |2019-07-08T14:03:47-05:00July 8th, 2019|3D Printing|

Polycarbonate 3D Printing The strong mechanical properties of polycarbonate make it useful for a variety of applications and have led to its frequent use in many industries. It is most recognized for its use as food containers and bulletproof glass. In this article, we’ll discuss what polycarbonate is, its common applications, the challenges to [...]

3D Printed Medical Devices

By |2019-06-27T16:04:32-05:00June 27th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printed Medical Devices  Advancements in the medical field have led to more efficient treatment and better overall care for patients. In recent years, 3D printing has contributed to these advancements, emerging as a faster, more cost-effective method to customizing patient care. In this article, we’ll discuss how 3D printing is furthering medical treatment [...]

How Much Does 3D Printing Cost?

By |2019-06-17T14:08:12-05:00June 17th, 2019|3D Printing|

How Much Does 3D Printing Cost? There are several variables that contribute to the cost of 3D printing, including print time, the type of material used, and post-processing labor. Many 3D printing service companies will bill based on an hourly rate, while others may bill according to cubic inches or a combination of both. [...]

What Does Resolution Mean in 3D Printing?

By |2019-05-01T16:35:24-05:00May 1st, 2019|3D Printing|

What Does Resolution Mean in 3D Printing? 3D printing resolution is the quality, or level of detail, at which your part is created. In general, the printer’s movement on both the XY and Z planes determines how fine the resolution will be, with smaller movements typically yielding higher resolutions. In this article, we’ll discuss [...]

3D Printing Advantages

By |2019-04-15T15:41:08-05:00April 15th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing Advantages 3D printing is a newer technology, and it can be easy to want to rely on the older, traditional manufacturing methods that have worked for years now. However, 3D printing does have several advantages over traditional manufacturing that can help you in your product development process. In this article, we’ll discuss [...]

Polypropylene 3D Printing

By |2019-03-20T16:12:28-05:00March 20th, 2019|3D Printing|

Polypropylene 3D Printing Polypropylene is a widely used commodity plastic that is harder and more resistant to heat and creep than polyethylene. There are three primary types of polypropylene: atactic, syndiotactic, and isotactic. These terms refer to the molecular structure of the polypropylene in question, which can change the material’s mechanical properties. For simplicity [...]

ULTEM 3D Printing

By |2019-02-14T16:36:00-05:00January 17th, 2019|3D Printing|

ULTEM 3D Printing ULTEM is a highly durable material that is widely used in industries we encounter every day. Its high-performance mechanical properties allow it to be used in extreme temperatures and harsh conditions. In this article, we’ll detail what ULTEM is, its applications, the challenges to 3D printing with ULTEM, and possible alternative [...]

TPU 3D Printing

By |2019-01-16T09:24:15-05:00January 4th, 2019|3D Printing|

TPU 3D Printing TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is a variety of TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer), though it is more rigid while retaining most of the traditional flexibility and elasticity of TPE. As such, TPU lends itself to a broader range of uses. TPU can be 3D printed, machined, and injection molded, but it does present some [...]

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