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Rapid Prototyping News UK

As the UK’s largest independent AM provider, our complete end-to-end service for prototypes and series production of metal and plastic parts enables our customers to reduce costs and lead-times.

How Strong and Flexible is Versatile Plastic?

Shapeways Blog

Have you used Versatile Plastic to make 3D printed prototypes? Versatile Plastic is printed with an SLS process that uses a laser to fuse together nylon powder. Versatile Plastic could be the perfect material for you. Part Three: How Strong and Flexible is Versatile Plastic?

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Material of the Month: Versatile Plastic

Shapeways Blog

Versatile Plastic is a durable nylon plastic that can be used for a wide range of applications, both for prototyping and for end products. We print all of our Versatile Plastic on EOS P770, P396, and P110 machines which are Laser Sintering Systems.

Top Questions Answered: Versatile Plastic

Shapeways Blog

As part of our month-long feature on Versatile Plastic , we’ve asked you, our readers, to submit your questions about this material. Today, we’re sharing these questions and answers to help you better understand the properties and applications of Versatile Plastic. Versatile Plastic does not have a transparent or translucent color. Do you have any information about the UV stability of Versatile Plastic? Can Versatile Plastic be electroplated? .

Material of the Month: Versatile Plastic

Shapeways Blog

Versatile Plastic is a durable nylon plastic that can be used for a wide range of applications, both for prototyping and for end products. We print all of our Versatile Plastic on EOS P770, P396, and P110 machines which are Laser Sintering Systems.

FAQ: Smooth Multi Jet Fusion Plastic Black PA12

Shapeways Blog

The post FAQ: Smooth Multi Jet Fusion Plastic Black PA12 appeared first on Shapeways Magazine. 3D Printing Industry 3D printed nylon plastic 3D Printing Materials FAQWe recently released a brand new smooth finish for our Multi Jet Fusion Black PA12.

Introducing Three Tough SLA Plastic Materials

Shapeways Blog

Shapeways is excited to announce the launch of three new SLA Plastic materials that provide extreme durability, high resolution and detail as well as a smooth surface. Our SLA Plastic launch includes the following three acrylate-based materials: Accura® 60.

Voytek Medical Uses Versatile Plastic to Transform the Landscape of Healthcare

Shapeways Blog

Cable clasp printed in Versatile Plastic. Wherever you are in the 3D design process, Versatile Plastic can be used to help you create the perfect end product. The Many Benefits of Versatile Plastic. Cable clasp printed in Versatile Plastic.

HP Nylon Plastic Now Open to All Makers!

Shapeways Blog

Starting today, anyone can order their own models in HP Nylon Plastic , available in both Raw Gray and Black. A designer from our community tests out HP Nylon Plastic. Testing bracelets printed in HP Nylon Plastic. We can’t wait to see what you make with HP Nylon Plastic!

Nylon Plastics Material Guide: PA11, PA12, PA12GB in SLS and MJF

Shapeways Blog

Shapeways offers several different nylon plastic materials: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) PA12 known as Versatile Plastic , Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) PA11 , Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) PA12 , and Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) PA12 Glass Beads. Versatile Plastic).

Materials Explainer: 3D Printing in Strong & Flexible Plastics

Shapeways Blog

We recently announced that new finishes are available on our Strong & Flexible plastics (also known as XSF). Strong & Flexible plastic models are made using a technique called selective laser sintering (SLS).

Comparing Methods for Plastics Assembly

Design 2 Part News

By Miranda Marcus, Assembly Magazine. Engineers have myriad options for joining plastic parts. There are quite a few options for welding plastic parts, including ultrasonics, laser, hot plate and radio frequency. Manufacturing News Assembly Manufacturing plastics

Painting Frosted Ultra Detail Plastic Is Easy, Looks Amazing

Shapeways Blog

Frosted Ultra Detail Plastic is extremely popular with our scale model and wargaming communities on Shapeways, for good reason: along with incredible detail, it offers a surface that’s easy to paint.

PLA vs. ABS plastic filament

Tales of a 3D Printer

Here are some additional resources about these major types of plastic. MAKE reviewed the Filabot Wee and Filastuder , for folks who want to make their own filament by grinding up cheap plastic pellets (nurdles?!)

New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Design 2 Part News

By Austin Weber, Assembly Magazine. Engineering plastics and carbon-fiber composites are popular choices, but they create challenges when they have to be joined to dissimilar materials, such as aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel or titanium.

Your Questions Answered: Premium Strong & Flexible Nylon Plastic

Shapeways Blog

A few weeks ago, we announced Premium Strong & Flexible nylon plastic, our most popular and versatile material, redesigned with a high-end look and feel. The same material and printing process is used for Premium as our regular Strong & Flexible plastic material.

3T celebrates its 12,345th plastic build

Rapid Prototyping News UK

TCT Magazine reports on how we’ve just completed our 12,345 th plastic build since the company was first established in 1999. We estimate that during this time we’ve built and shipped in excess of 1.5 million parts to customers demonstrating the tremendous growth of the business and the additive manufacturing industry as a whole. And what better way to commemorate this milestone than with cakes … five suitably decorated cakes were produced by the CAD team and enjoyed by all.

New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Design 2 Part News

By Austin Weber, Assembly Magazine. Engineering plastics and carbon-fiber composites are popular choices, but they create challenges when they have to be joined to dissimilar materials, such as aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel or titanium.

Are You Ready for an All-Plastic Automotive Engine?

Design 2 Part News

By Mark Shortt, Design-2-Part Magazine. A rendering of the Polimotor 2 all-plastic, composite-based engine. That wouldn’t be the case today, he said, because a much higher level of competence in plastics and composites technology is readily accessible.

The Week in 3D Printing: Mile-High Prints, Wii-Inspired Innovation, a Material Stronger Than Steel, and Methane Plastic

Shapeways Blog

You can read the (science-rich) full story at 3Ders.org , but in short: Funded by a grant from the NSF, Montana State University researchers are exploring using the methane-producing microbes in Yellowstone National Park to produce plastics.

Design Tips for Working More Effectively with Plastics

Design 2 Part News

By Michael Busker, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, Design-2-Part Magazine. Every engineer’s aim when designing with plastic is to achieve a technically good design that functions well and that can be manufactured cost effectively. Today’s high performance plastics make possible even the most complex designs with demanding performance requirements. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Rubber and Plastics. When Your Material of Choice is Plastic.

How Building Robots Lets Students’ Imaginations Run Wild

Shapeways Blog

We’ve tried a number of Shapeways materials , including steel, versatile plastic, and fine detail plastic. The versatile plastic is the best for us, as it is more suitable for the way our products are being used, due to its mechanical properties.

A Versatile, Flexible Plastics Process That You May Never…

Design 2 Part News

“A Versatile, Flexible Plastics Process That You May Never Have Heard Of “ By Design-2-Part Magazine. These mandrels can be made in a matter of hours, making them extremely cost effective compared to the tooling required for other plastic processes.

Why You Need to Try This Innovative Material

Shapeways Blog

A group of designers experiences HP nylon plastic for the first time. We wouldn’t want that to mean that you miss out on one of our most advanced and interesting materials — one that you have the opportunity to put to innovative new uses: HP nylon plastic.

3D Printing Virtual Reality Products in MJF PA12

Shapeways Blog

Spaces loves Shapeways’ dimensional accuracy and durability and has used 3D printing –primarily the Multi Jet Fusion Plastic PA12 material – ever since first discovering the company. Part Two: Material Comparison: Nylon Plastics.

Material of the Month: PA12

Shapeways Blog

HP’s Multi Jet Fusion Plastic PA12 (formerly named “Professional Plastic”) has excellent mechanical properties and can be dyed black for a sleek finish, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of applications.

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6 Incredible Materials You Can 3D Print in Now

Shapeways Blog

When most people think of 3D printing they picture simple, mono-colored pieces of plastic, but with Shapeways there’s way more you can do. Everything from multi-colored sandstone to nylon plastic to gold is available now for your 3D-printing pleasure.

Introducing Our Two New Materials!

Shapeways Blog

PA12 Glass Beads Multi Jet Fusion Plastic. PA12 Glass Beads is a new addition to the material family formerly known as “Professional Plastic” that we’re renaming “Multi Jet Fusion Plastic.” appeared first on Shapeways Magazine.

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How to Paint 3D Printed Eyeglass Frames Your Favorite Color

Shapeways Blog

In this tutorial, Steven and Jeremy Gonzalez of The Super Maker Bros demonstrate how to paint eyeglass frames printed in Multi Jet Fusion Plastic PA12 in multiple colors, a process that can be applied to many other projects of the same 3D printed material.

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We’ve Reduced the Price of Our H-Series Desktop 3D Printer

Afinia

A Leader in Desktop 3D Printing We emerged as a leader in desktop 3D printing when named “Best Overall Experience” over 15 manufacturers in Make: Magazine’s “Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing.” It also uses inexpensive plastic filament that is available in more than 20 different colors of ABS and three colors of PLA. 3D Printers and Printing News 3D printer Make Magazine Price Reduction

Just in Time: Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Shapeways Blog

The post Just in Time: Last-Minute Holiday Gifts appeared first on Shapeways Magazine. 3D Printing Industry Products and Design 3D design 3D design tutorials 3d modeling 3d printed holiday gifts Education holidays Tutorials Versatile Plastic

Expert Tutorial: Dyeing Strong and Flexible Nylon Jewelry With Artist Doug Bucci

Shapeways Blog

During our visit to Bucci’s studio, he demonstrated his dip-dyeing process on his extraordinary Islet Necklace from the Islet Collection, printed in Shapeways’ white Strong & Flexible plastic.

TCT Show 2014 Industry Review & Technology round-up - RepRap Community Hub

RichRap

Probably one of the worst shots of a Nectar One 3D printer you will see, but with the protective plastic removed it''s quite a fantastic machine. The 2014 TCT Show was another total success for the RepRap, Open Source and Maker community.

Just in Time: Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Shapeways Blog

The post Just in Time: Last-Minute Holiday Gifts appeared first on Shapeways Magazine. 3D Printing Industry Products and Design 3D design 3D design tutorials 3d modeling 3d printed holiday gifts Education holidays Tutorials Versatile Plastic

A Smooth New Finish For Black PA12

Shapeways Blog

That’s why we’re so excited to announce the addition of a new cutting-edge material finish to our platform — starting today, you can now create products in Multi Jet Fusion Plastic with a smooth, non-porous surface.

Huge Potential of Using Additive Manufacturing to be Exhibited at formnext 2015 by the International Tool and Form-Making Industry

Additive Manufacturing

With tct Show + Personalize, tct Magazine, (including Europe, North America and China editions). At formnext 2015 , the international tool and form-making industry will exhibit the huge potential of using additive manufacturing.

3D printed electronics for the Internet of Things

Leslie's Blog

Here is a guest blog from my colleague, Lee Teschler, Executive Editor, Design World magazine. Researchers from the Belgian nanotech research center Imec described how they inkjet-printed a 3,381-transistor logic circuit made out of plastic.