Tales from the Print Bed

Rapid 2019 Preview and AMUG 2019 Recap

By johnbuck/ April 30, 2019 /

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 johnbuck/ March 19, 2019 /

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 johnbuck/ March 6, 2019 /

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 johnbuck/ February 11, 2019 /

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 johnbuck/ February 11, 2019 /

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 johnbuck/ January 16, 2019 /

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 johnbuck/ October 31, 2018 /

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 johnbuck/ August 21, 2018 /

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 johnbuck/ August 21, 2018 /

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 johnbuck/ August 21, 2018 /

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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