Matt Fildes

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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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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Support Tip: Compressed Air for Support Removal

By Matt Fildes / August 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

Breakaway material is great because it reduces time in post processing. 3ntr breakaway material separates easily.  Check out this video to see how easily support material can come off. Still, from time to time small pieces of support material stick in corners or tight spaces. Our director of service, Doug, shows how to remove those…

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Wet vs Dry Nylon

By Matt Fildes / July 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

Have you struggled with fuzzy surfaces, small threads, and warp? You may have a problem with hygroscopic materials that absorb water vapor in the air. In the open air, nylon is fully saturated in a few hours. You can reduce water vapor exposure with a sealed plastic bag, but sooner or later moisture can become…

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Turn up the heat: the new V4 printers from 3ntr

By Matt Fildes / June 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

The new V4 models of the 3ntr industrial 3D printers are now available from Plural Additive Manufacturing. These new versions of the A4 and A2 printers keep the same large and very large print beds, precise mechanisms, and reliability. They simply raise the temperature: Max Extruder Temp: 450 C Max Heated Bed Temp: 160 C…

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