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The Makerbot METHOD series is an affordable 3D printer that delivers manufacturing-grade parts and an open platform for advanced engineering materials. The METHOD features a robust metal frame, heated build chamber, and moisture controlled material storage. In the classroom, the Makerbot is prized for its reliability, speed, and professional-grade quality.
My colleague Tyler recently picked up a C4 Corvette. As with any 'new-to-you' car, there are a few customary 'performance checks' to conduct prior to day-to-day driving. During one of these routine performance checks (rumored to be a parking lot donut), the gas pedal experienced abnormal sideload and stress, ultimately causing a failure in the gas pedal hinge.
3D printed parts are strong, but how strong are they? Sure, you can thread parts with a tap and die set, but the overall strength of the part will typically far exceed the strength of the threads (this is plastic, after all). For hard use and frequent stress cycling, fatigue failure is not far away.
My grandpa once told me, "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it"; but I’m an engineer, therefore I can't leave things “well enough” alone. When the time came to tow my rock crawler to Utah, I needed an answer to a particular obstacle that left me scratching my head. How was I going to tow this up a large, 40 degree paved incline with blind hairpin turns at the top and bottom, (one of which is on a busy road) when I drive a tiny Toyota Tacoma?
3D printing has hit mainstream. 80% of enterprises report that 3D printing is enabling them to innovate faster. 50% of those enterprises are actively using 3D printing in production, and 70% of those enterprises found new applications for 3D printing in the last year according to Forbes. Adopting 3D printing into your manufacturing process is now easier than ever because advanced engineering or manufacturing backgrounds aren’t required and getting up and running involves little to no training.
COVID-19 has affected us all by now, either directly or indirectly. And, companies have had to adapt quickly to the changing economic landscape. Our company has shifted to a digital/virtual platform. And, I’m happy to report that people in our industry are built for rapid change. They are also anxious to prove 3D printers are far beyond the early adoption stage.
3D printing has evolved over the last 30 years. See how this Application Engineer put a modern take on a classic Fender by creating a 3D printed guitar.
Print heads (extrusion heads) for the Stratasys F123 Series 3D printers are easy to swap out and replace. If you order 3D printing supplies in bulk or for future use, you may find yourself storing them in a box on a shelf or in the drawer of the 3D printer. There has to be a better place, right? See what I came up with for print head storage in this 3D printing hack.
Due to the nuance of the FDM process and it’s the ability to self-support to a certain degree, both through holes, and blind holes extending in a horizontal direction are prime candidates for support elimination. This is especially true for smaller holes or in situations where hole accuracy/roundness are not critical to the usefulness of the finished part.