Tales from the Print Bed

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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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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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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