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Endur – Now Available in 20 Different Digital Materials! Info from Stratasys February newsletter Endur (RGD450), the advanced PolyJet material for simulating Polypropylene is now available in 20 Digital Material combinations. Endur can now be blended with TangoBlackPlus and TangoPlus rubber-like material to produce 8 new Digital Materials which provide impressive impact strength for tough prototypes and12 new flexible Digital Materials with a range of Shore A values. The Endur material, renowned for its durability and beautiful surface finish, is ideal for creating tough prototypes for snap-fit components, living hinges and other demanding applications. With the new Digital Material options you can now create: Tough prototypes with thin walls and living hinges for consumer goods and electronics product design, Prototypes that mimic polypropylene and over- molding in the same build, Tough, durable and aesthetic prototypes in a range of gray shades and differing flexibly. Earphone case featuring snap-fit lid and rubber-like over-molding. 3D Printed as a single piece using PolyJet Endur and TangoBlackPlus Digital Material combinations. Outer shell – RGD 4830; Inner rubber overmolding – FLX4870 shore70; Stratasys logo on lid – FLX4895 shore 95 ASA Takes FDM Thermoplastic to New Heights Designed for use in multiple industries, Stratasys’ [...]
Reposted from Stratasys Blog We're pleased to announce a new frontier in aerospace 3D printing. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to 3D print 30 antenna array supports for the FORMOSAT-7 Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC-2) satellite mission. Scheduled for launch in 2016, the COSMIC-2 mission marks the first time 3D printed parts will function externally in outer space. The antenna arrays will capture atmospheric and ionospheric data to help improve weather prediction models and advance meteorological research on Earth. In order to keep the project on time and on budget, NASA needed an alternative to machining the parts out of astroquartz, the material traditionally used for antenna arrays. They turned to Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to produce 3D printed parts that could handle the complex array designs and also be strong enough to withstand the environmental demands of outer space. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing built the custom-designed parts using FDM-based Fortus 900mc 3D Production Systems from Stratasys. FDM was the only additive manufacturing process able to meet the project’s strength and load requirements. NASA chose durable ULTEM 9085 material, a thermoplastic that has similar strength to metals like aluminum but weighs much [...]
Re-posted from Stratasys Blog 27 Jan. 2015 by Stephen Burg Stratasys 3D printing and sports have often teamed up with winning results. Kite surfing, snowboarding, skiing, motors sports, fencing - all had their competitive edge sharpened with 3D printing. We even worked with the University of Texas at Dallas to help them improve their sports concussion testing protocol. But this is the first time that we at Stratasys have 3D printed an actual football. It might even be a world first! Produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-Material 3D Production System, the Stratasys ball is 3D printed in three materials: Rubber-like (TangoPlus), Rigid Magenta (VeroMagenta), and Rigid Yellow (VeroYellow) in one 3D print job. In order to give the football that authentic feel, we incorporated the texture of a composite football into the design with raised material. It weighs about the same as the weighted warmup balls favored by quarterbacks. Of course, when you 3D print a football you have to go out and test it. Check out the video to see the final score.
3D Printed Surgical Models Improving Implant Surgery While Saving Time and Money in Twelve UK Hospitals
To understand why 3D printed surgical guides are making such an impact on medical procedures, you need look no further than Replica 3DM. This innovative supplier of medical and commercial 3D printed models is using its Stratasys 3D Printers to support 12 UK National Health Service (NHS) hospitals. The surgical models produced on the company’s Objet24 and Objet30 Pro 3D Printers allow surgeons to accurately test intended implants prior to surgery. As a result, the hospitals have seen a decrease in the length of surgical procedures leading to substantial reductions in operating room costs. It’s What You Don’t See Replica 3DM’s Stratasys 3D Printers convert patient CT scans into physical 3D printed models. The materials used and special finishing processes enable surgeons to carry out precise pre-operative planning. By providing accurate visualization of anatomy including fragment position, the 3D printed models display important features that cannot always be seen in two dimensional images. “Sometimes conceptually and spatially, it’s difficult looking on a computer screen to establish the exact dimensions of the bone that is available to you for surgery,” said Alistair Morton, a surgeon in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the hospital. “So this is one of the areas where [...]
Reprinted from 3DPrint.com Stratasys, with dual headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, has announced 12 new high-performance 3D printers and materials, in a move which should provide investors with renewed confidence in their rapidly growing business. The new products, which will be unveiled at EuroMold 2014, at the end of this month, include upgrades and an expansion in the company’s scope to new areas of the market. “The global design and manufacturing market continues to push toward creating smarter products with greater efficiency. Because we believe in, and support this trend, we have announced today a range of solutions that focus on ‘democratizing design.’ Our customers, whatever their size or industry, can now access a wide spectrum of cutting-edge 3D printing capabilities and deliver competitive advantage,” said Gilad Yron, sr. vice president, Product Management, Stratasys. “We invite every designer and manufacturer at this year’s EuroMold to visit one of our three booths to see how 3D printing is shaping the way we manufacture.” 6 New Industrial PolyJet 3D Printers Included in this expansion are six new PolyJet 3D printers targeting customers who are looking for more affordable, but smaller machines. The new printers include the compact Objet260 Connex1, [...]
Mastercam X8 has just been released! Its sleek interface and crisp graphics are the first things you will notice. But it’s the streamlined workflow, toolpath advancements and Dynamic Motion efficiencies that will make the biggest impact on your work environment and profitability. Enhanced usability and workflow Streamlined interface and enhanced graphical interaction simplify your work. Expanded Dynamic Motion Mastercam's signature technology is more efficient than ever. Easier multiaxis cutting Use 5-axis techniques on traditional 3-axis toolpaths. New solid model prep Push-pull modeling and editing, feature identification and editing, and more. Powerful Mill-Turn additions Support for new machines and new strategies bring added flexibility. And much more...
There’s recently been a lot of news about FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and PolyJet 3D printing technologies. So, when entering the market for an additive manufacturing system, it’s beneficial to have a deeper understanding of the differences between the two technologies to select the 3D printer with the right set of capabilities for your business. After all, each technology builds parts its own way and each provides a variety of attractive benefits and capabilities. Say that you can only choose one technology or that you need another 3D printer but are not sure if you need the same technology or an alternative. How do you sort it out? Today’s Check it Out takes you to a complimentary white paper that’s intended to help you research wisely. The elevator speech on “FDM and PolyJet 3D Printing: Determining Which Technology is Right for Your Application” is that it compares FDM and PolyJet technologies using three criteria: operations, part characteristics and materials. It’s richly illustrated with figures, charts, graphs, screenshots and photos. It’s written for anyone with a basic understanding of 3D printing. It’s not an in-depth theoretical presentation. Every bit of it is a hands-on “what’s in it for you” document. This [...]