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Prins Staal uses 3D Printed Spare Parts to Keep industrial Machinery Going

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Prins Staal is a Haarlem based steel processing and trading company. The Dutch company trades in carbon and stainless steel as well as manufactures parts out of steel. Short lead times coupled with unique parts for high-value applications is where the companies focus lies. Prins Staal employs over 75 people at its Haarlem site and has a wide array of steel processing machinery at its disposal. The company uses flame, plasma and laser cutting for steel and also have a plethora of other equipment to shear, sand, straighten, anneal, drill or saw steel. The company makes industrial steel parts, parts for...

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3D Printing with Hemp

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Last year we developed our Hemp Filament. Hemp filament is available in 2.85mm and 1.75mm and is a hemp fiber filled PLA. The material has a higher impact resistance than regular PLA. The material is fully biodegradable and compostable. It is also an odorless print. Compared to other materials the Hemp is low warp as well.  Compared to other hemp blends this material is more flexible and less brittle. The material has easy printability and fair dimensional accuracy and surface results.  The hemp fibers themselves are from the bark of the Canabis plant and made by a company called Hemplyne....

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Kees Kamper's PETG 3D Printed Lamps

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Kees Kamper has been working on designing and developing 3D printed lamps for three years now. His blog details his findings and journey on his blog and Instagram. He developed a line of lamps by himself initially. Now he collaborates with lamp designer Gerard Schoone for his current line.  Kees uses Slic3r for his files and 3D4Makers PETG filament for his lamps. He choose out PETG because the material is stronger and tougher than PLA and more flexible. This flexibility lets his lamp parts fit better and they are also less likely to break. He also likes the layer adhesion and...

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Turning a Desktop 3D Printer into a High Temperature Printer for PEEK and PEI

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Desktop FDM 3D printers are usually able to extrude material up to temperatures of around 280 C. At these temperatures prolonged use will degrade parts such as PTFE nozzle inserts or plastic parts in the build volume. At even higher temperatures stepper motors will fail, as will electronics. Build platform temperatures are also limited to around 100 C. Current generation desktop machines were conceived with filaments such as PLA and ABS in mind. Therefore it is completely sensible that they have been made to operate at the temperatures required for those materials.  A Lulzbot Taz repurposed as a PEEK and...

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3D Printing Architectural Models

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Jasper is our in house 3D printing expert. He dials in new materials and printers and works with customers to optimize materials. He's our go to guy for settings and printer information and knows how to optimize builds and 3D printing workflows.  Its important to us to have contact with customers directly to learn from them. We want to know what people are printing with our materials, what settings they're using and what issues they're having. We also want to know how to improve our materials and what new materials we can use in order to optimize them and commercialize...

3D Printing Architectural Models

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