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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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FDM 3D Printing of PPSU PPSF Polyphenylsulfone Radel Best Practices

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Polyphenylsulfone which is known as PPSU, PPSF or Radel depending on where you're from is a high performance 3D printing material that we produce at 3D4Makers. In advising clients we've noticed that a lot of them wish to use PEEK for their applications when PPSU will more than suffice. PEEK is higher performance but much more expensive than PPSU.  For many automotive and manufacturing applications PPSU is a very high performance material with high chemical and heat resistance. The material is also sterilizable and has a heat deflection temperature of 189°C. The material is ISO10993 compliant for medical applications and meets the European...

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Best Practices in 3D Printing PEEK FDM Filament

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At 3D4 Makers we are one of only a handful of PEEK FDM filament suppliers worldwide. Uniquely we have a highly pure PEEK grade which no one else produces. Due to our unique extrusion technology and this unique grade of PEEK we can achieve purities and performance that others can not. This lets the researchers and companies who then 3D Print with 3D4 Makers PEEK get higher performance from their parts as well. Despite this PEEK is still a very difficult material to 3D Print with. We see Universities and other research institutes have a number of problems with processing...

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We're moving to a new location.

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3D4 Makers is moving to a new location. We're in the middle of our move but we do not expect this to have an impact on our customers. We wanted to give you a heads up however so you could update our address information. Our phone number remains unchanged but we are now located at the Waarderweg 56, 2031 BP Haarlem.  Our offices are now a little bare but bare with us and we'll make them nice (and put in some labs).  Due to our expansion we've had to move to a new location here in Haarlem. This new location will...

We're moving to a new location.

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