Matt Fildes

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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Support Tip: Recondition dirty PEI print bed surface

By Matt Fildes / June 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

Supplies: This applies to both the PEI and new 3ntr Diamond print surfaces. Either print surface is good for thousands and thousands of parts without the use of special coatings, sprays or tape. From time to time, it may be necessary to return the surface to original performance levels. Each time a part is printed…

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12 Materials from One Printer

By Matt Fildes / June 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

This model gearbox was printed with 12 different materials by one 3ntr printer. Over 12 materials were printed with the 3ntr industrial 3D printer including Nylon Carbon+ Nylon Glass / PaGlass Iglidur (self lubricating plastic) Elasto95, polyurethane 95A Elasto85, polyurethane 85A ABS ABS ESD PCABS ASA PETG nPOWER PPS nPEEK It highlights the versatility of…

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Faster Processing with 3D Printing

By Matt Fildes / May 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

“It seems strange to think about now, but previously, we doubted we could justify our own 3D printing,” says Adam Anaforian, general manager at Plastic-Metals Technologies, Inc. Now, PMT has two 3ntr industrial 3D printers running around the clock and through the weekends to generate hundreds of identical tooling components. PMT uses the printers to…

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Open Materials at the Rapid + TCT Show 2018

By Matt Fildes / May 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

At the Rapid + TCT Show in Fort Worth, Texas, several speakers signaled the rise of open materials. At Plural, we’ve been supporting open materials for a while. It’s nice to hear the word is getting out. HP gets it. Stephen Nigro at HP noted that open materials selection unlocks innovation and material pricing in…

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Clean Parts Faster with Omegasonics 1900BTX

By Matt Fildes / March 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

Cleaning 30% faster, Plural Additive Manufacturing teamed up with Omegasonics to offer the 1900BTX that uses both water agitation and ultrasonic cavitation to remove support material. Combined with Plural’s BioSolv for faster part finishing, it complements a 3ntr industrial 3D printer. Omegasonics’ 1900BTX is a 20-gallon, Plug & Play unit that is a hybrid between traditional bench…

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Plural MMS Cabinet Enhances Industrial Printed Part Quality

By Matt Fildes / February 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

  Plural Additive Manufacturing announces its Material Management System (MMS) for 3ntr industrial 3D printers. The MMS is an innovative material conditioning and measurement system that optimizes material surface finish and mechanical performance.  The low humidity space improves material performance and the UV-free storage increases shelf life of material. For example, 18 hours in an…

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Three Steps to Additive Manufacturing at PMT

By Matt Fildes / February 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

PMT Shielding Solutions is a leading provider of physical vapor deposition (PVD) services for aerospace, medical, and defense applications. Client jobs may involve, tens, hundreds, or thousands of fixtures for molded plastic parts. At first, PMT machined or 3D printed fixtures like those shown in green with machine shops or external service bureaus. These solutions…

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A-dec Saves $36,000 with One Part

By Matt Fildes / December 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

A-dec saved $36,000 dollars with one part by bringing part production in-house through an industrial 3D printer from 3ntr.  At the same time, the part used only 20% of machine time, and was available for new projects. When asked about their experience, three Plural characteristics  stood out: relational, capable, and quality.  Plural service and its 3ntr…

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