Tales from the Print Bed

Support Tip: Clean the Nozzles

By Matt Fildes / September 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

Site visits are the best. Recently, we visited PMT and they had a great reminder on their 3ntr machine: do a nozzle clean on Fridays.  Key to any industrial operation is regular maintenance. 3D printers thrive on a clean nozzle free of debris. Regular cleaning means more consistent performance, smooth surface finishes, and accurate dimensions.  How do…

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PMT – Doubling Productivity with 3D Printing

By Matt Fildes / August 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

PMT bought its first printer over two years ago. In the first year, productivity gains paid for the printer in 7 months and became a key part of their strategy to reduce labor-intensive masking. During a recent visit, PMT shared this spring clamp with us. The clamp replaces a pile of nuts, bolts, and manually…

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3ntr Visits Plural in August

By Matt Fildes / August 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

In Italy, August is a month for relaxing as the heat rises. This summer, Plural was fortunate enough to have Emanuele D’Addario spend some of that time with us. As the new channel manager at 3ntr, Emanuele is a valuable link between the US market and our Italian manufacturer, 3ntr. We showed him some of…

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Frog tests designs faster with 3ntr 3D printing

By Matt Fildes / July 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

Frog is a global design studio founded in Germany in 1969. Recently, Frog worked on the Lumen product, a device that gathers real-time metabolic data from users. With basic shapes sketched, Frog needed to develop real world prototypes for feedback and testing among different concepts. 3D printing with a three-extruder A4 allowed Frog to find…

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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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Rapid 2019 Preview and AMUG 2019 Recap

By Matt Fildes / April 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

We’ve caught our breath just in time for Rapid in Detroit. Are you going? Because we’re speaking about estimating cost per part at Rapid + TCT Show 2019 on May 22. One of the top questions among additive manufacturing clients is “How do we take the first step toward additive manufacturing? And, how do we…

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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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