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An Introduction to FDM/FFF 3D Printer Support Material
An Introduction to FDM/FFF 3D Printer Support Material
15 March 2022

When printing thermoplastics with dual extrusion, one extruder is typically dedicated to printing a support material and the other a core material. We have covered core materials before (FFF plastics, SLA resins, FFF metals), but what of the support materials used in FFF plastic printing? This article introduces 3D printer support materials, shedding light on what they […]

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A Guide to Rapid Prototyping in 2022
A Guide to Rapid Prototyping in 2022
25 January 2022

What is Rapid Prototyping?  Rapid prototyping (RP) is referred to as a group of specialised technologies that are used to make quick minimum viable product models, assemblies using three-dimensional CAD data, or physical parts. The technology that is implemented to create these prototypes is referred to as additive manufacturing or, interchangeably, 3D printing. The process […]

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An Introduction to FFF/FDM Metals 
An Introduction to FFF/FDM Metals 
17 December 2021

In addition to plastics, some FFF/FDM 3D printers are capable of printing metal filaments providing the extruder is rated for metals, and the nozzle can be upgraded to hardened steel to cope with the abrasive filament. Metal FFF is based around metal injection moulding (MIM), which uses a three-step process to fabricate metal parts using […]

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An Introduction to FFF/FDM Plastics
An Introduction to FFF/FDM Plastics
13 December 2021

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is the simplest and most common additive manufacturing technology. Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is the same thing, except it is a trademarked term owned by Stratasys. An FFF 3D printer extrudes melted thermoplastic in layers to form a three-dimensional model. Various thermoplastics are available, from standard plastics like ABS to specialist […]

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What Are Nozzles On 3D Printers?
What Are Nozzles On 3D Printers?
13 December 2021

Nozzles screw into the hot end of a 3D printer extruder, acting as the exit point for the melted thermoplastic filament. 3D printer nozzles are made from solid metal, featuring a tiny nozzle opening. The nozzle opening size (bore size) defines the thickness of the melted filament on exit, with typical nozzle sizes ranging from […]

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How to Choose a 3D Printing Material Using Material Properties
How to Choose a 3D Printing Material Using Material Properties
30 June 2021

Different 3D printing materials have different surface qualities and different mechanical characteristics. To achieve the best results with your 3D printer, the material (or filament) you use must be suited to the application. How do you know what is and isn’t suitable? You can go with what the manufacturer recommends, or you can be a […]

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How to Prepare Your Model For 3D Printing Part 2: SLA
How to Prepare Your Model For 3D Printing Part 2: SLA
5 March 2019

Missed part 1? Read here: How To Prepare Your Designs For 3D Printing – Part 1: FFF Stereolithography (SLA) is a completely different technology to FFF. They both print layer by layer, but that’s about where the similarities end. FFF melts material and then extrudes it through a small nozzle onto a build plate, whereas […]

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How To Prepare Your Designs For 3D Printing - Part 1: FFF
How To Prepare Your Designs For 3D Printing - Part 1: FFF
4 March 2019

When it comes to 3D printing, you can either design the part you want to print in CAD software (see our guide on designing parts for 3D printing), or you can search online libraries such as Thingiverse and download the files directly. Load the file into your slicing software and this will change your model […]

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Designing Parts for 3D Printing
Designing Parts for 3D Printing
4 January 2019

Most traditional manufacturing techniques are subtractive technologies. You start with a block of material and carve parts away until you get the part you want. 3D printing is an additive technology. You start with nothing and then add material on top of itself to create the desired model. It makes sense therefore, that a model […]

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Ensuring that you choose the right additive manufacturing solution for your application is our priority and we know that one size rarely fits all. Having a physical sample of a 3D printed part in your hand to show quality, material properties, durability and abilities can ultimately help the decision-making process.

We partner with a wide range of manufacturers with over 30 different printers between them, capable of printing in a variety materials from PLA to metal. As we have no ties to a single manufacturer, we are proud to able to provide expert impartial advice to you and samples from our printers direct to you to assess the print quality and material properties