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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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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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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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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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