Ask a 3D Printing Expert: Why is FDM soluble support such a big deal?
In FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printing, support structures are necessary to ensure that complex or overhanging parts of a design can be printed properly. These supports are usually made of the same material as the model, but they can be difficult to remove and often leave marks or scars on the final product. Standard […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: What Stratasys materials are most similar to PTFE, Polypropylene, and Delrin?
Customers often inquire about the availability of additive manufacturing (AM) materials that have similar mechanical properties to commonly used thermoplastics and polymers like PTFE, Polypropylene, and Delrin due to their robustness, resilience, chemical stability, and ability to be machined or (excluding PTFE) injection molded. Depending on the 3D printing technology used, there are usually various […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: How do I dispose of excess or expired PolyJet and Origin resin?
If you’ve ever worked with 3D printing technologies like PolyJet, DLP, or SLA, then you know how tricky it can be to handle and dispose of the resin materials involved. These UV-cured resins are toxic and environmentally hazardous when they’re still in liquid form. However, once they’ve been printed and cured, they’re perfectly safe to […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: How are the Stratasys H350 and SAF technology used in manufacturing?
Let’s start with the basics. What exactly is the Stratasys H350 3D printer? saf manufacturing The H350 is a 3D printer produced by Stratasys. It is a professional-grade printer designed for manufacturing and engineering applications. Built for high-volume, short-run production, the Stratasys H350 3D printer gives you control of your materials, workflow, production, and costs […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: Can Stratasys F123 Series build trays be reused?
Stratasys F123 Series build trays can be reused; however, how many times you reuse them will depend on your level of comfort. For the lowest risk, make sure your build prints on an unused section of the tray. The support material will leave a slight white stain, and the system’s screen will display a shadow […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: Can I mix different materials within the same FDM build?
A question I get asked often when installing new FDM systems is, “Can I mix material types within the same build?” The simple answer is no, other than being able to switch between colors of the same material. When a part file is processed into a CMB (coordinate machine binary) file the properties of the […]
Write-off your entire 3D printer purchase in 2022 with Section 179 Deduction
It’s that time of year when we remind you to take advantage of the Section 179 2022 tax deduction! Prepare your business for 2023 by investing in additive solutions now and write off the entire purchase in 2022! What is Section 179? Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full […]
Things Just Keep Getting Better
We have entered a new reality in 3D printing. A place where virtually all industries recognize, and the vast majority incorporate, 3D printing in some capacity. Novelty is now the norm, and industries have transformed how their products are made. AdvancedTek has been a leader on these fronts as its customers have adopted and evolved […]
Customer Spotlight: College Students Go From 0 to 60 with FDM 3D Printing
In early 2022, an automotive engineering technology student and Formula SAE Engine Team Leader at Minnesota State University Mankato, contacted AdvancedTek to see if we could assist his team by 3D printing some large parts for their University capstone project. The project required them to build a functional formula-style race car to compete with over […]