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Thinking Outside the Box - 3DChimera

Thinking Outside the Box

Many people look at the Sintratec Kit and believe the build volume is too small for their application. It’s true that the recommended 90 x 90 x 110 mm build volume would be too small to print many kinds of tall parts. However, there are still ways to print large parts on the Sintratec Kit!
Sintratec Kit Quality - Proof is in the Prints - 3DChimera

Sintratec Kit Quality - Proof is in the Prints

Given the low price point of the Sintratec Kit, we often get customers who wonder if the Sintratec Kit is really able to deliver quality results.
To print or not to print...Threads and 3D Printing - 3DChimera

To print or not to print...Threads and 3D Printing

Customers commonly ask us if machine threads can be 3d printed into their parts, and it is a tricky because the answer is "it depends".  

FFF: Design for Printing - 3DChimera

FFF: Design for Printing

As with all manufacturing processes, you will come across some limitations in terms of what designs are suitable for 3D printing. That being said, we are capable of printing extremely complex geometries that no other process could. As long as we keep our designs within these constraints, we can start to see some pretty incredible parts.
::Spoiler Alert:: We can 3D print PEI (made from ULTEM™ 9085 resin*) - 3DChimera

::Spoiler Alert:: We can 3D print PEI (made from ULTEM™ 9085 resin*)

The magic of the X500 is not in these features though, it is the custom design for high temperature applications that makes all the difference in the world:

  • Hotend with a Max Temp of 450C
  • Build chamber with active heating, up to 105C
  • Water cooling for the hotend & stepper motors

The X500 was purpose-built for high temp 3D printing.  Unlike most of the printers that claim to print high-temp materials, the X500 can deliver. 

3D Printer = R&D Tax Exemption in Florida - 3DChimera

3D Printer = R&D Tax Exemption in Florida

Are you a business based in Florida who is looking for a new 3D printer or 3D scanner?  Well, you are in good fortune this year as the Florida Department of Revenue is looking out for your growth.
3D Printing Tolerances & Fits - 3DChimera

3D Printing Tolerances & Fits

Like any manufacturing process, in 3D printing it is important to understand the tolerances of the process so that you can properly design parts to fit together and function.
Business Bonus - Section 179 Explained - 3DChimera

Business Bonus - Section 179 Explained

Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.
Composites might just change the world - 3DChimera

Composites might just change the world

Composites are a new class of 3D printing materials where polymers are mixed with reinforcing fibers.  Typically, these materials consist of a robust polymer base (like Nylon, PETG or ABS), which are then reinforced with chopped fibers (usually carbon fiber, glass fibers or even kevlar fibers). 
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...

You like HP MJF parts? Then you will LOVE Sintratec Desktop SLS parts! - 3DChimera

You like HP MJF parts? Then you will LOVE Sintratec Desktop SLS parts!

If you have been watching the 3D printing industry at all over the last year, you could not miss the appearance of HP in the 3D printing market.  Frankly, the quality and surface finish on thesep arts is fantastic. There is a drawback though...the machines are super expensive (think north of $100k) and the parts printed as a service are not a bargain either, as most service bureaus are charging a premium for access to this new printer.
optimize for strength

Optimize for STRENGTH with Simplify3D & German RepRap 3D Printers

There are many characteristics to consider when optimizing for strength.  Obviously, this is highly dependent upon the material properties of your filament.  It is also highly dependent on the number of shells in the part, the infill shape, and the infill density.