Tales from the Print Bed

Rapid 2019 Recap

By Matt Fildes / June 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

From May 21 – 23, 2019, the Plural team was in Detroit at the Rapid + TCT show. We spoke to hundreds of people about the Plural advantages of 3ntr printers: large printer beds, open materials libraries, high temperature extruder, and the dry material handling system. Making its 2019 Rapid debut, the A2v4 features higher…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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