Monthly Archives - February 2017

Decrease Print Time: Designing

The most common issue with Additive Manufacturing is the printing time compared to subtractive manufacturing (rapid machining).  While AM saves time in the long run (especially in situations where specialized prototyping or significant machining time are required), subtractive manufacturing has been known to be faster in some situations with proper resources.  There are several strategies that users can put in place to improve their print time without altering the print quality. In this post, we will go over what adds [...]

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Battle bots in action

3D Printing Battle Bot Victory

Battle bots use an enormous amount of unique parts to maintain specific weight requirements and toughness. It’s often complex for bot designers to attain parts like these without spending a lot of money.  With the Markforged Enterprise 3D printer, this is easily achievable.  In combat bot competitions 3D printing onyx, carbon fiber and kevlar proved to be very successful for designers.  It was easy for them to print, test and try again a number of times before perfecting their [...]

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RotationTools

New Automatic Rotation Features

New features to Eiger cloud based software will improve the overall printing process for users.  The cloud based Eiger software keeps getting better, to enhance part orientation with automatic rotation. This feature allows users to automatically or manually rotate the part while Eiger updates the Euler angles to accommodate for the rotation. What is automatic rotation? When you select automatic rotation you enable your part to lie flat against the print bed, so long as the geometry allows. Once the [...]

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Robotics Industries Discover 3D Printing Advantages

Industry continuously looks for ways to improve processes, save money and decrease manufacturing and design and development cycle time. Robotics are used in many industries for various applications across the world. NASA uses robots for exploration and they require specific materials that will handle different environments. In education, students in robotics classes build robots using PLA and ABS, but the parts are too brittle and fall apart easily.  Building robots require customizable parts that will be able to withstand abrasion [...]

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Innovative Designs and Parts: Fiber Clamp

For our first Innovative part, we chose the ‘Fiber Clamp’, designed by Tim Lagosh, one of our applications engineers. Markforged winds the fiber spools under tension and if care is not taken during installation the fiber can spring and create a birds nest.  Tension is held on the spool with tape during shipping but when dealing with partial spools, the stickiness of the tape can be less effective after several uses. Tim’s clamp, with it’s elliptical profile can flex [...]

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