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High Temperature Annealing PLA

Annealed PLA 3D Printed Parts

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When polylactic acid (PLA) is annealed under properly controlled conditions, it provides a significantly stiffer and stronger part with increased heat deflection temperatures. Strength is found to increase by up to 40% and stiffness can be shown to increase up to 25%. Parts made from annealed PLA outperform polycarbonate (PC) and SLS nylon PA2200 in XY axis strength. Furthermore, annealed PLA parts have demonstrated heat deflection temperatures of up to 180°C, equal to that of Ultem. This enhanced strength along with a higher glass transition temperature, allows for a much broader set of practical applications.

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DMLS 3D Printed Parts

Direct Metal Laser Sintering – DMLS 3D Printing Services Now Available

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Direct Metal Laser Sintering, also known as DMLS, is an additive manufacturing technology that uses a precise, high wattage laser to weld metals and alloys on the micro scale. This process is able to create metal parts directly from 3D CAD data in layers without the need for traditional tooling. DMLS 3D printing is an excellent choice for producing functional metal prototypes and dense metal parts in a short time, with high precision. This process is particularly useful for complex part designs, light weighting, and producing functional custom metal parts in low volumes.

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Local 3D Printing Project

SD3D Accelerates Local 3D Printing Services with 24/7 On-Site Pickup

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By introducing 24/7 on site pickup for local 3D printing services, we can now provide rapid prototyping with unprecedented speed and convenience. This eliminates the need to wait for your 3D prints to be shipped or picked up during core business hours. With 24/7 on site pickup, accessing our local 3D printing services for truly rapid prototyping is nearly as convenient as having the printers in your own facility. In fact – in many ways it is more convenient for rapid prototyping, as you are able to focus on design optimization as opposed to operating and maintaining 3D printers.

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SLA 3D Printing

When To Use SLA 3D Printing

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SLA was was invented way back in 1986 and was the technology used to manufacture the very first 3D printed parts. The SLA method utilizes a vat photopolymerization process and the materials used in SLA are mostly thermoset polymers that come in a liquid form. This 3D printing method provides extremely high detail without introducing excessive costs. As with any manufacturing method, designers must take advantage of the benefits and limitations of the SLA manufacturing process in order to achieve the best results. Read this article to learn more about SLA 3D printing and common SLA applications.

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3D Printing Service Bureau

3D Printing: Buy vs. Outsourcing

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3D printing has very quickly become an integral part of many major companies. It can prove to be extremely useful especially when it comes to producing prototypes, validating designs and performing functional tests. Stakeholders can be easily given an understanding of the concept by letting them interact with 3d printed prototypes. Meanwhile, 3D printing can also be used by various industries for end-use applications and bringing new products to market. The most important question for companies considering 3D printing as a solution today is whether they should outsource their projects to a professional 3D printing service bureau or get an in-house 3D printer.

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DMLS 3D Printing

A Comparison of 3D Printing Methods in 2019

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There are many methods of 3D print manufacturing available in 2019. Each method requires a 3D printer of its own and comes with unique advantages and disadvantages. This article provides a detailed overview of the various methods used in the process 3D printing or additive manufacturing in 2019. Most importantly, we will be discussing when to use each technique and will provide an overview of the best applications for each 3D print manufacturing method.

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3D Print Quoting Software

Printelize Instant Quoting Software Now Accepts 12 New 3D File Formats

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We are happy to announce that Printelize now accepts 12 new 3D file formats for generating instant 3D printing quotes. Printelize Professional is an online 3D print quote software. Printelize is used globally by 3D printing service bureaus, educational institutions and internal 3D print departments to streamline the management of 3D printing order workflow. Accepting these new file types will further streamline user workflow by eliminating the step of converting every 3D file to .stl format prior to upload.

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Instant Quote 3D Printing Software on the Rise

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As the 3D printing market grows, industry professionals are facing a significant challenge in scaling their current processes. Particularly with tasks surrounding the quoting and delivery of 3D printing services. To overcome this problem and stay on track with the rising competition, many 3D printing service bureaus are replacing their current hodgepodge of disconnected tools with an end-to-end sales automation software. These new cloud based solutions solutions are built specifically to accelerate the success of 3D printing service bureaus. Most importantly, this is making it possible for 3D print shops to instant quote 3D printing services more efficiently.

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Infill Settings vs. Strength

What Infill Settings Should I Use for my FDM 3D Print?

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The difference between 3d printed part strength, quality, processing speed and cost are functions of three independent input variables: infill, layer height and the type of material being processed. While the strength increase is non-linear across the entire infill range, the relationship between infill % and both part weight and print time is linear across nearly the entire range. In this article we prove why the most efficient infill settings for most projects are between 10-30% and 70-90%.

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Quoting Software For 3D Printing

CRM and Instant Quoting Software for 3D Printing Service Bureaus

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Created specifically for the 3D printing industry, our advanced sales automation software solution can enable seamless preparation of 3D print quotes. This software was built specifically with the 3D printing service bureau in mind. As such, it comes with built-in CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tools, and countless features to streamline the ordering process for 3D printing services. All of this is provided through a web interface that is branded specifically around your 3D printing business.

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