Common titanium alloy is designated as Ti6Al4V, a.k.a. Ti64. This alloy is versatile and used across many industry sectors due to its high strength-to-weight ratio; it’s comparable to steel but at almost half the weight. This alloy has a single … [Read more...] about What are some less known features of Titanium with regard to additive manufacturing?
Stratasys recently had the opportunity to answer this question in a recent webinar. For medical applications, Stratasys offers two types of printers. It’s Fuse Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3d printer essentially uses an extrusion head that heats … [Read more...] about What materials are available today for medical prototyping production use?
PolyJet SUP706 is a new soluble support material for PolyJet 3D printed parts. The support material can be either manually removed, removed in a water-jet, or in a hands-free process using a sodium hydroxide bath. This short video provides expert … [Read more...] about Tips on how to remove support material on 3D printed parts
PolyJet VeroClear material suits the 3D printing of transparent and translucent prototypes. This short video provides expert tips for controlling and improving the transparency of VeroClear parts, optimizing your Stratasys system for printing and … [Read more...] about How to 3D print better transparent parts
The real answer is it depends. There will always be trade-offs with whichever choice you make. In general, with simple parts, either additive or CNC can make it. Here, the decision will often rest on cost—which approach will do it for the least … [Read more...] about Should additive manufacturing be used in place of CNC machining?
Yes, there are a number of standards that different governmental agencies, (NASA, Military, Navy) have worked on to develop for their own purposes, as well as a number of standards in progress. The ASTM F42 committee is working on developing a list … [Read more...] about FAQ:Are there any military or naval standards applicable to metal additive manufacturing?
Minimal wall thickness varies depending on the 3D printing machine used and the material chosen for the part. For the printer, if you choose extrusion-based 3D printing, your possible dimensions will depend on nozzle size. For powder-based 3D … [Read more...] about What is the minimal wall thickness for 3D printing?
There are few hard limits there. Researchers are finding that you can do a lot of different, clever things with the material. If you're looking at a powder process, fiber length needs to be less than the diameter of the powder you're working … [Read more...] about FAQ: For fiber weave reinforced materials, what is the maximum fiber length and level percent by weight?
There’s a class of parts Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is very appropriate for. For large builds, it can be a challenge because of powder-bed capacity. You will need more powder than the part you will build will use. Then there is the issue of … [Read more...] about FAQ: Can powder-based Selective Laser Sintering processes be used to build large parts?
Material properties with a typical 3D printer are usually based on the layer-by-layer deposition of the material. Thus, in general, printed objects will be stronger on the XY axes and a little weaker along the Z axis. There are exceptions and there … [Read more...] about FAQ: How does the strength of 3D printed materials compare to that of other materials such as aircraft aluminum?