Matt Fildes

Pella Windows innovates with 3ntr and Plural

By Matt Fildes / March 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

In the March issue of Additive Manufacturing, Peter Zelinski shares an interview with one of Plural’s innovative customers, Kurtis Webb from Pella Windows in Pella, Iowa. Kurtis is a Senior Engineering Team Leader, and helped lead his team to a mindset change. Now they consider the advantages of subtractive machining and additive manufacturing at the…

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AMUG 2019: Temperature Defines the Printer

By Matt Fildes / March 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Last month, we gave a preview of our AMUG presentation. We discussed high temperature materials like PEEK, PEKK, and Ultem. As the open materials marketplace continues to grow, consider this: how do you select a printer that will deliver for your applications today and meet your needs tomorrow? Consider your application then evaluate materials for…

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AMUG 2019 Preview: PEEK, PEKK, Ultem

By Matt Fildes / February 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

One of the hot market topics has been high strength, high temperature materials such as PEEK, PEKK, and Ultem. Together, Plural Additive Manufacturing and Arkema will cover the differences, specific strengths and dig into the print environments while noting the trade-offs with materials and printers. Given the rapid growth of the open materials marketplace and…

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Why 3 Nozzles Make a Better Industrial 3D Printer

By Matt Fildes / February 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

At Plural Additive Manufacturing, some people ask “Why does the 3ntr printer have 3 nozzles?” Doug Dingus, director of service, introduces the advantages of a 3 nozzle industrial 3D printer in this 2 minute video. Here’s five advantages that make 3 nozzles exciting: 1) Color: 3D print two different colors in the same print job 2)…

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3ntr and Medics3D

By Matt Fildes / February 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

Medics 3D of Italy provides high fidelity 3D reconstruction models for Orthopedics, Urology, Cardiology, General Surgery and precision three-dimensional diagnostics.  They chose a 3ntr 3D printer for virtual models of organs. In this example, Medics 3D printed a replica of a patient’s liver. The model allowed the surgeon to study  the anatomy and the vascularization of the organ…

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Crocs and 3ntr — The Shoe Fits

By Matt Fildes / January 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

Maybe you’ve seen the image of a green Crocs sandal printed on a 3ntr industrial 3D printer.  There’s a lot more to the story — like Crocs creates 250 prototypes per season with 3ntr machines. Matteo Maggioni shares the details in Italian at replicatore.it and English at 3D Printing Media Network  Below is a Google translation of the…

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Plural Additive Manufacturing Partners with TRAK Machine Tools

By Matt Fildes / November 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

LAKE OSWEGO, OR — NOVEMBER 7, 2018 – Plural Additive Manufacturing, the exclusive North American importer of the 3ntr family of additive manufacturing systems, today announced its new alliance with TRAK Machine Tools, a subsidiary of Southwestern Industries, Inc. Starting in December, 2018 TRAK Machine Tools will begin to sell and support the 3ntr systems…

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Spectral 30 at FormNext 2018

By Matt Fildes / October 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

3ntr debuts Spectral 30 — the new PEEK printer —  at FormNext 2018 Nov 13 – 16 in booth 3.1 -J20. Resulting from Cleansky Eurostar project with Rescoll and Airbus, the Spectral 30 is a high performance thermoplastic manufacturing system built to reduce the cost of producing PEEK, PEKK and other high temperature objects for industries such as aerospace and defense. So what’s new?…

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Multimaterials: ABS gear with a low friction iglidur bearing

By Matt Fildes / August 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

If you follow Plural or 3ntr on Instagram, you might have seen the multimaterial 3D printed gear. Let’s take a look at what you can do with a 3ntr printer with three nozzles. With three nozzles, one model can be printed with two build materials and a support material. 3ntr printed a gear with a…

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The Wet, The Dry, and the PEKK

By Matt Fildes / August 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

At Plural, we have been researching a new PEKK material.  It has exceptional strength, chemical resistance, and low outgassing.  It’s appealing for aerospace, automotive, and medical applications.  But, like many thermoplastics, the PEKK is hygroscopic and absorbs water from the atmosphere. Compare dry PEKK (top) and wet PEKK (bottom). The dry PEKK (top) has a…

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