Stratasys 3D Printers are Shaping the Future of Additive Manufacturing

Stratasys has once again redefined what a 3D printer is capable of by recently unveiling two new pieces of game changing additive manufacturing technology – the Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrators and the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator.

The Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator is designed to address the demands of aerospace, automotive and other industries for large, lightweight thermoplastic parts with repeatable mechanical properties.  The system turns the traditional 3D printer concept on its side to realize an “infinite-build” approach which prints on a vertical plane for practically unlimited part size in the build direction.

The Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator combines Stratasys advanced extrusion technologies with Siemens’ Motion Control hardware and PLM software. It’s designed to revolutionize the 3D printing of composite parts for transportation industries like Automotive and Aerospace, plus Oil & Gas and Medical applications. The Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator uses a unique 8-axis motion system that enables precise, directional material placement for strength while also reducing dramatically the need for speed-hindering support strategies. This redefines how future lightweight parts will be built, and provides a glimpse into how this technology could be used to accelerate the production of parts made from a wide variety of materials.

Want more information about Stratasys 3D printers?

We help companies utilize 3D printing to solve their biggest challengesWe support the mid south region including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, & Louisiana by providing, implementing, training, and supporting Stratasys 3D Printers and rapid prototyping services.

Why go to the Houston area 3D Printers User’s Forum on July 19th?

Why go to the Houston area 3D Printers User’s Forum on July 19th?

Next month Engatech is sponsoring our Houston 3D Printers User’s Forum on July 19th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the New Horizons Learning Center in Houston TX. I wanted to give you a little background on how we set up the timing and speakers, plus give you a few details, and finally, why going to the meeting is a good idea.

When I first starting developing the 3D Printer’s User’s Forum (also known at the 3DPUF) I looked at the trade and seminar events for 3D printing that were on the national and international stage and reviewed what each of the events contained. Overwhelmingly each event, ranging from AMUG to Rapid to TCT, had a large amount of educational content as well as the opportunity to network with peers and vendors. The events were and are great, and they give a lot back to attendees including some of the best networking I have experienced. (I absolutely suggest going to AMUG or RAPID if you can.) However on the downside, each event costs a lot of money to attend, requires travel with hotels and meals, plus a large time commitment. Going meant you had to be away from your normal work for days. The investment on the part of attendees is huge.

Looking at the outlay for these large national meetings, I started exploring whether there were local or regional groups that did 3D printing educational and networking events in the areas where Engatech serves. While I had started a couple of Meet Up groups to give people a chance to informally socialize and compare notes on 3D printing, the Meet Ups were mostly social groups loosely organized and most members were not users as much as just interested in the tech. In polling clients there was definitely an interest in a more technical program with “user conditions.” Potential attendees didn’t want to travel to a hotel, the event needed to be short, focused and inexpensive and no more than a day. That sounded like a good blueprint for the basics. I got to work on making the vision happen.

I came up with the 3DPUF. While the 3DPUF is not on the scale of an AMUG or RAPID, I and the Engatech team strongly believe that being a 3D printing leader in the region means also showing the way for the kind of discussions and sharing that these meetings represent. Engatech sponsored our first 3DPUF in March in Dallas Fort Worth as a “prototype” event to judge response, examine what went well and how to make the program even better. I was pleased that the Dallas attendees gave us outstanding reviews with a couple of suggestions on the structure as well as topics. With those changes in mind, we started planning 2 more of these educational and technical events – one for Houston and one for the Oklahoma/Northwest Arkansas communities.
The programming and topics are those which have been requested by users. Included in the Houston event will be 6 speakers on 6 topics and they will cover information that attendees will not be able to hear anywhere else. Included will be sessions on “Change in 3D Printing; Trends and Market Reactions,” as well as a comparison of basic differences between processes. Other presentations will include: “Materials and Machine Selection”, “Scanning and Converting Data to 3D” files, expert tips on Catalyst and Insight for FDM, using free on-line resources for file creation and conversions as well as new machine and materials from Stratasys. Of course part samples will be available and a light breakfast will be served for pre-session networking.

If you would like more information on the Houston 3DPUF and to reserve a seat click here.

We anticipate that the event will be full, so don’t hesitate to register. I am also lining up speakers for the Fall OK/AR event, so if you want a topic, don’t just think about it – drop us an email with your suggestion. Have an area that you are an expert on – give me a call and let’s talk. You can send suggestions to marketing@engatech.com with the subject line “3DPUF topic” and we will see about lining up experts and more speakers.

Wrestler Steps up to the Mat with 3D Printed Chemotherapy Port Cover

Engatech Notes Successful Wrestling Season for 8 Year Old Wrestler using Engatech 3D Printed Port Cover to Protect Chemo Site.

Engatech reported today that junior wrestler Colt Rowland successfully completed his season using the custom 3D printed port cover designed by Curtis Schmidt and printed by the Engatech offices using Stratasys technology.  Tammy Rowland, mother of Colt, noted to Clay Slaton, Engatech’s founder and president, that the port cover made Colt’s participation in regular sports much easier.

Thank you so much. .. it could help many children with ports to be able to play sports like “regular” children.  – Tammy  Rowland, mother of  Colt Rowland.

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.20.42 PMColt was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 when he was just 6 years old and undergoes chemotherapy via his implanted chest port.  Since the port area must be protected from impact and abrasion, a two part 3D printed cover made from PolyJet materials made it possible for Colt to continue to participate in team sports such as wrestling by keeping the port covered and shielded.

Using the Stratasys Connex machine’s ability to build in different materials, Engatech build the outside cushioning ring in softer Tango™ PolyJet material and the inner protective “button” covering the port area with more rigid Vero White™, Tammy Rowland reported success all around.
Engatech continues to follow Colt and his fight against cancer and his sports career.

Updates on the J750 PolyJet Studio software

Updates on the J750 PolyJet Studio software

The J750 Connex color printer announced earlier this month comes with an updated software program PolyJet Studio.  Many of our users are familiar with the Objet Studio software that is bundled with the PolyJet machines, and the PolyJet Studio is an updated version that is optimized for the J750.

When we say optimized, the software includes color management as well as simplified operations.  Once the part is opened in preparation for the build tray, the screen gives you the options on what colors are loaded into the “filing cabinet” which are the material docking stations.  The J750 can handle 6 different build materials as well as 2 support canisters, giving the user 7 different materials to use to make their part.

The materials are automatically on the screen from what is in the loading docks, and when the part color is selected, the software will also show you the material selection against what is possible according to what is loaded into the machine.  Parts that are selected for color, if different colors are to be done in different aspects of the part, should have different shells so colors can be different per area.  In other words, the simple way to take advantage of all the color selections is to have a part with different shells that the entire part is then saved as an assembly into a STL file.

Here is an example of how the screen works by looking at an assembly of a foot model.  The outside is clear and the bones are white.

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 10.51.37 PM

You can see that the screen is slightly different than the Objet Studio, in that there are additional material options to select from as well as color blanket to adjust the colors selected for the shell.

The new screen also has a slightly different feel where you can easily minimize areas that you are not working with such as the tray options or the model properties.

One part of the revamped program is the color comparison area at the bottom of the model properties.  On this area, you can select a color for a shell and the machine will tell you what the color will be in reality versus what you select and you can adjust.

This is an illustration.

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 10.52.03 PM

Note the slight difference in the selected color versus the actual in the first panel.  This is due to the slight gray cast of one of the Vero materials that are used in the assigned materials.  But you can adjust the color selection to show a better color and it will adjust the mix.  In the second case, a different base material was selected; the VeroPureWhite and the difference disappeared.

This example is just one area of the J750 and PolyJet Studio interface that a custom can use to make better, brighter, faster and more complex parts.  For details, contact Engatech at 866-499-7500 or email sales@engatech.com.

 

It’s incredible!! Introducing the J750 PolyJet machine!

It’s incredible!! Introducing the J750 PolyJet machine!

Engatech is pleased to announce the newest Polyjet machine in the Stratasys line-up.  The J750 takes 3D printing to the highest available precision and color production using a unique print head configuration, droplet dispensing and integrated color management system.  So this new machine brings you three distinct areas of new products:

New print head with 6 material channels.  This means increased speed, increased material options, and increased utility.  4x time the number of nozzles means better accuracy, speed and material yields and with more options on color, transparency, materials and decoration.

New workflow where color and Adobe technology are integrated into the printing design.  New Creative Color Software works the machine and with PolyJet Studio with on more file types, easier information transfer, easy interface, more material types, a better user experience and more flexibility to get just the right color and materials for parts.

Virtually no material changeovers since you can load 6 different build material plus one support material.

Along with this incredible machine, it comes with the industry leading warranty program.  With the Diamond warranty the machine is covered including the printheads for 3 years.  The warranty is included with the purchase of the machine at no additional cost.

The J750 is an incredible value and gives customer incredible parts.  Why not ask if this is the right fit for you and your firm today?  Call Engatech or email us at 866-499-7500 or email sales@engatech.com.

0
Send a message
Sorry! We aren't around right now. Leave a message and we'll get back to you, asap.
Your name
* Email
* Describe your issue
Login Chat
Questions? We're here. Send us a message!
Your name
* Email
We're online!