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When to save a Factory File vs. GCode in Simplify3D - 3DChimera

When to save a Factory File vs. GCode in Simplify3D

In this video we outline the differences between a Factory File and GCode from Simplify3D 3D printing slicer software
German RepRap Additive Manufacturing Helps Bring Sustainable Electric Vehicle To Market - 3DChimera

German RepRap Additive Manufacturing Helps Bring Sustainable Electric Vehicle To Market

In order to make a positive contribution to the current topic of sustainability and climate change, the Share your BICAR AG, which is located in the ZHAW, has taken on the challenge of creating a sustainable electric vehicle. Completely emission-free, the single-seater comes on three wheels and represents a suitable solution for urban mobility with weather protection and freedom from helmets.
Case Study: The Opera House in Zurich is the largest cultural institution in Switzerland and uses 3D printers from German RepRap for its props and mold making - 3DChimera

Case Study: The Opera House in Zurich is the largest cultural institution in Switzerland and uses 3D printers from German RepRap for its props and mold making

The field of application of additive manufacturing technology is manifold – in the case of the Zurich opera house the technology is used especially for the production of props and for mold making.
Additive Manufacturing with the German RepRap x500 for Customized Ride Comfort - 3DChimera

Additive Manufacturing with the German RepRap x500 for Customized Ride Comfort

Using the German RepRap x500 3D printer speeds up development processes for functional structural components at Sika Automotive. A wide variety of customizable solutions also offer the company new possibilities in terms of materials and designs.

Case Study: Footwear Polytechnic: new product development opportunities with German RepRap x400 3D Printer

Case Study: Footwear Polytechnic: new product development opportunities with German RepRap x400 3D Printer

In September 2016, the Footwear Polytechnic of Riviera del Brenta, institute of excellence in the footwear industry, launched FFlab – a digital laboratory specializing on new 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies.
Case Study: GRR x400 Slams the Door on Laser-Sintered Models - 3DChimera

Case Study: GRR x400 Slams the Door on Laser-Sintered Models

The decision to change from a laser-sinter process to the fused-filament fabrication (FFF) was not only driven by the cost savings.  “The parts are a lot more rigid than the laser-sintered models”, says Thomas Pazulla, “The model contains hooks which often broke off in the past.”
Case Study: Lifting Platform Rental Made Easier through 3D Printing Spare Parts Self Printed with the German RepRap x400

Case Study: Lifting Platform Rental Made Easier through 3D Printing Spare Parts Self Printed with the German RepRap x400

Printing spare parts yourself – that is one of the most frequently mentioned applications of 3D printing. However, there are surprisingly few cases in which this application is actually implemented. One of these rare cases is at the lifting platform hire company SCHMID Hebebühnenverleih, based in Haimhausen near Munich.
Case Study: In Search of the Production Processes of Our Time

Case Study: In Search of the Production Processes of Our Time

With the help of the German RepRap x1000 3D printer RWTH Aachen is analyzing the latest requirements of industry for additive manufacturing. Due to the rapid development of new additive manufacturing processes, industry is facing new challenges. 
Case Study: Beauty and Function Meet Cost Effectiveness with GRR x400 and the Lindner Group

Case Study: Beauty and Function Meet Cost Effectiveness with GRR x400 and the Lindner Group

The Lindner Group, a family business based in Bavaria, Germany, is one of Europe’s leading specialists in the field of interior design, façade and insulation technology.  The company has approximately 6,000 employees, and over the years there have been several subjects of interest related to 3D printing and frequently prototypes are made.
FFF: Nozzle Sizes Demystified - 3DChimera

FFF: Nozzle Sizes Demystified

Nozzles can be a confusing topic in 3D printing, mainly because it feels intuitive that a smaller nozzle sizes would provide for a better finish.  This is simply not true.

When thinking about nozzle size there are really 2 things to consider...

Case Study: German RepRap x400 Gives Student Formula Racing Team Elbflorace an Edge on their Electric Racing Car

Case Study: German RepRap x400 Gives Student Formula Racing Team Elbflorace an Edge on their Electric Racing Car

The formula student racing competition is not just a race, it’s a design competition in which the teams of individual universities develop and construct a new racing car each year and race against each other at different events over the course of that year.
optimize for speed

Optimize for SPEED with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

To optimize for Speed on a German RepRap printer, you need to consider the layer size (similar to optimizing for surface finish...only opposite).  In this case, the nozzle diameter is also important to consider since we cannot print a layer thicker than 80% of the nozzle diameter.