Purple Platypus is the preferred dealer in the Southwestern United States who markets an extensive line of 3D printers by Stratasys Ltd., from the low-cost Desktop 3D Printers, all the way to 3D Production Systems for direct digital manufacturing. It is the preferred distributor for advanced 3D printers, benchtop milling machines, & direct 3D modeling software.
From aerospace to automotive, companies are utilizing high-volume FDM machines to create functional end-use parts. In a recent partnership with Stratasys, Boom Supersonic is leveraging the F900 to create critical and custom parts, increasing the speed from engineering to manufacturing, saving hundreds of hours of work time. The company is primarily printing with ULTEM 9085, a material soon to be certified as flight-ready by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Similarly, Bombardier Transportation is utilizing the F900 and ULTEM 9085 to create 3D printing parts for prototyping, tooling, and end-use parts on trains and trams.
For manufacturing organizations, leveraging additive manufacturing is an effective way to rapidly produce functional end-use parts.
The Heavy Duty Quadro from eviXscan offers precision scanning, with four 5Mpix cameras and two scanning ranges. With the release of eviXmatic, use of the Heavy Duty Quadro has become even easier.
eviXmatic is conceived for application in areas of precise repetitive measuring and quality inspection tasks, and as such can be integrated in the automated or robotized production lines. 3D scanning with eviXmatic is the perfect solution for any organization hoping to optimize the 3D scanning process.
Prediction: Advanced PolyJet Utilization In Prototyping
Without the use of additive manufacturing, it is extremely difficult to create the perfect prototype on tight budgets and timelines. From the Connex1 to the J750, Stratasys offers a wide range of advanced PolyJet 3D printers.
On the Objet260 Connex1 you can create three-material prototypes with post-processing efforts. It is ideal for prototypes that require accuracy and smooth surfaces, quickly and easily. For detailed prototypes, companies are opting for the incredibly powerful J750. With the ability to create six-material prototypes in over 500,000 colors and utilize Pantone Color Matching, the J750 is the best way for companies to create prototypes that look, feel, and operate like finished parts.
30 on 3D: Pantone Color Matching | Purple Platypus - YouTube
On this edition of 30 on 3D, our senior R&D engineer, Peter Montgomery, shows how to utilize Pantone Color Matching on the J735 & J750 from Stratasys. Pantone Validated Colors offer a new method of color matching for both PANTONE colors and skin palettes.
Step 1: In Preferences, make sure that the advanced slicer is enabled.
Step 2: Check tray materials to make sure that all vivid materials are loaded.
Step 3: You will then have the ability to click on PANTONE in the print settings column.
Step 4: In the Pantone color picker, you will have the option to select between PANTONE Skintone and PANTONE Solid Coated.
Step 5: Once you choose your PANTONE book, you will be able to select a specific PANTONE color from an array of options.
On this edition of 30 on 3D, our senior R&D Engineer, Peter Montgomery, discusses the new printer release from Stratasys, the F120. The 3D printer is compact, with an overall build envelope of 10 x 10 x 10 inches. It is able to use ASA and ABS model material, in conjunction with SR30 support material. The F120 is a great solution for engineers and designers who need to create consistent, high-quality models that are reliable and repeatable.
From a user-friendly interface to accurate results, the F120 has everything you expect from a Stratasys 3D printer. The Stratasys F120 has all of the features of a larger industrial-grade 3D printer, in a compact machine.
From automotive to entertainment, companies in almost any industry can leverage additive manufacturing. 3D printing is re-shaping the way designers and engineers create products. Whether used for prototyping or production, additive is a vital part of many companies operation. Here are some of our favorite ways organizations have integrated 3D printing.
1. Corporate Branding Sign
Did you know that you can create a unique corporate space with a custom 3D printed sign? Custom mosaic artwork from Purple Porcupine can let you make a lasting impression with your brand image in your corporate space.
Made from ULTEM 1010, this piece of an airplane wing was used as a part of the prototyping process. Designers in aerospace have long embraced FDM for concept modeling and prototyping. ULTEM 1010 is a great material for aerospace projects, as it offers the highest heat resistance, chemical resistance, and tensile strength of any FDM thermoplastic.
Printed on the F900mc, this FDM table takes advantage of the F900mc’s large build size. At 36 x 24 x 36 inches large, this table was printed in one complete piece. The F900mc has 12 material options, making it suitable for building fixtures, factory tooling, end-use parts, and detailed prototyping. The machine features two material bays for maximum uninterrupted production.
Printed on the J750 from Stratasys, this prototype shoe is the perfect example of the capabilities of PolyJet technology. This 3D color printer can run six base resins simultaneously and can print over 500,000 colors. Multi-material and multi-color capability, paired with texture mapping and gradients on the J750, allow users to create nearly any design imaginable.
Made from TPU 92A, this protective hose exhibits high elongation, superior toughness, durability, and abrasion resistance. TPU 92A allows for the ease and reliability of professional FDM technology, with the added benefit of elastomers. TPU 92A is available on the F123 Series printers and is the perfect elastomer prototyping technology.
Purple Platypus and Purple Porcupine have completed registration with the U.S. Department of State to become officially ITAR compliant. As a result, all of our customers’ material and technology, relating to defense and military services, may only be shared with U.S. persons or groups. Through our ITAR file upload system, files are transferred securely to an ITAR compliant cloud storage service. All of our parts are printed through Purple Porcupine.
If you are working on a project that falls under ITAR regulations, it is important that you utilize our ITAR Compliant File Upload form to send us the files. To find the form, follow these steps:
1. Select “Manual Quote” under the Request Quote tab
2. Select “Request Quote” under ITAR Compliant Quote Request
3. Fill out the form, upload your files, and hit submit!
30 on 3D: Fasteners For 3D Printed Plastics - YouTube
In this edition of 30 on 3D, our Senior R&D Engineer, Cameron Williams, explains different fastener options for 3D printed plastics. Most people are familiar with the standard machine screw or multi-purpose wood screw.
Machine screws are a great option for threaded inserts; however, if you don’t have threaded inserts, then you will need to use a screw with coarse threads – like a wood screw.
That being said, there are better options. There are screws specifically designed to go into brittle type or layered type plastic. The thread profile on these screws will help prevent stripping and premature wear of the hole over time. You will be able to thread in and out of the hole multiple times, without issue.
As the world’s only full color multi-material high resolution 3D printer, the J750 gives users the opportunity to create prototypes that look, feel, and operate like finished products. Our team interviewed one of our Senior Sales Engineers, to give insight into when and how the J750 works best.
Meet Mark Dewey
Meet our Senior Sales Engineer, Mark Dewey. Mark began his career at Purple in 2010 and took a brief break in 2014 to work at Stratasys. In 2017, Mark flew back to the Purple nest and is happy to be representing the most advanced technologies on the market, from Stratasys, Roland, Desktop Metal, and eviXscan. Mark loves being able to offer customers a well-rounded experience with engineers, beautiful parts, and endless additive solutions.
What industries do you see the J750 being utilized in?
So here in Southern California, we have entertainment, arts, education, medical, and consumer goods. Consumer goods use the J750 to take their product to market, faster, better, and stronger. The J750 is great for prototyping. When it’s used for production, it’s more within the medical field – creating models for training or pre-surgical planning, and things like that.
Why do you think so many people love the J750?
In a word: Realism. Not only can [the J750] provide color realism, but clarity, as well as elastomers, all in a single build, so the possibilities with the J750 are almost endless.
What are your favorite characteristics in the J750?
Well, I’ve long been a fan of PolyJet. In fact, I started out in the business selling Objet, prior to the merger [with Stratasys]. When the J750 was announced, I was extremely excited, because, frankly, it was the first all-new platform that had been brought forth in almost 15 years. So we’ve got new print heads, new hardware, and software driving everything with GrabCAD Print. The combination of the advanced print heads and the new materials that came out create a better surface finish.
J750 customers, even the ones who bought in the Beta stage, have enjoyed advancements in the two years since the J750 came out, free of charge. They purchased a printer that does x and now it does x, y, and z. There’s a lot more room for growth in this platform.
How will Pantone color matching shift the way people can use their PolyJet Stratasys machine?
Pantone color matching is going to make things a whole lot easier and more effective for customers. You know currently customers may have to do an iteration or two to get the exact color they need. This mostly arises when we have a customer that needs a high level of accuracy in their color matching. With Pantone, it will be as easy as “click” and you’ll have your perfect color-matched part.
What are the key differences between the J750 and the J735? When should someone opt for a certain machine?
Size. The amazing thing is that it’s really a matter of build size. The J750 has approximately a 20 x 16 x 8 inch build area, making it quite attractive to someone doing a lot of little parts, or one big part.
The key deciding factor between the J750 and the J735 is often budgeting. Anytime someone needs speed or the option for a larger build size, they should install the J750.
What makes the J750 unique?
One of the things I realized about the J750 early on was that with the amount of materials and the amount of nozzles driving those materials to the platform, the possibilities were literally quite endless. If we think about today’s lotteries, we typically have 5 numbers plus an extra number – so 6 numbers – and the numbers to select are 1-50. We all know that the odds of winning the lottery, or picking correctly, are astronomically low.
Well, this is similar to that setup. We have 6 materials. We have 8 channels of 192 nozzles, driving these materials. If you think about the digital possibilities with the weave of the printing and material properties derived from how those channels are driven, the possibilities are staggering. When you couple that with powerful software like Voxel Print, where you’re controlling a print down to a voxel (or a volumetric pixel level), the possibilities are astounding. As software and materials improve, the J750 has a very bright future.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about the J750, please reach out to our team at email@example.com.
After a record breaking year of growth, we want to remind everyone that currently owns or is interested in acquiring a Stratasys printer about Purple Platypus University (PPU). PPU is a service Purple Platypus provides in order to train and educate machine operators with their new 3D printer. Whether you’re new to 3D printing or are experienced in the field, our courses are completely tailored to your needs. With Purple Platypus University you will learn how to utilize your 3D printer to its upmost capability. Shadow-Source is the most advanced and thorough PPU course, offering machine users an interactive and hands-on learning experience.
How Does Shadow-Source Work?
We know that integrating an industrial-grade 3D printer, like a Stratasys printer, into daily workflow can create obstacles. This is why Purple Platypus decided to create Shadow-Source. Shadow-Source is an in-depth educational experience that places one of our expert Application Engineers in your office. Each Shadow-Source course consists of 4-8 sessions in which our engineer will shadow your team for 6-8 hours (throughout the duration of a workday). This allows our engineer the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the day to day of your office and give personalized insight into your printer.
Throughout each Shadow-Source session, our engineer will teach advanced techniques and how to apply those techniques in real-world scenarios. This includes in-depth knowledge about the printer, how to accelerate build speeds, and how to maintain the printer in order to achieve the best results.
What Is The Benefit Of Shadow-Source?
Shadow-Source course gives machine operators the opportunity to learn in-house about the printer they will be using every day. This makes sure no information will be forgotten between instruction and real-life application. In our training, no tips or tricks will be lost in translation.
Another huge benefit of learning directly from an industry expert is our engineers use the exact same printers and software daily. Our Application Engineers spend their whole day fully immersed in PolyJet and FDM technology, and have learned the ins and outs through experience. Participants in Shadow-Source will not need to waste time trying to determine the best practices, our experts can simply teach the shortcuts learned after years of hands-on experience.
Every Shadow-Source participant we’ve had the pleasure of working with has raved about the positive impact the course has had on their team’s production. Are you interested in registering for Shadow-Source? Do you want to learn more about your Purple Platypus University course options? Contact us today!
Prediction: Software expansions will allow for ease of 3D prototyping.
Advancements in 3D printing have streamlined the prototyping process, making it easy for companies of any size to create a perfect prototype before the production process begins. PolyJet 3D printing on the J750 and J735 allow for the development of prototypes that look, feel, and operate like finished products. While the machine boosts the capability of printing over 500,000 colors, the process of replicating an exact color was relatively complex. Recent software developments have changed this.
Stratasys recently announced a partnership with Pantone. With this announcement, Stratasys has become the first 3D printing organization with technology officially designed as PANTONE Validated™. This free software update for the J750 and J735 will allow for easy Pantone color matching, making the prototyping process much more efficient.
Prediction: Increase in metal 3D printing.
Historically, there were few metal 3D printing systems priced under $500,000. In recent years, companies like Desktop Metal have begun to release more affordable 3D printers, allowing for the industry to expand. The Wohlers Report 2018, detailed that there was an 80% increase in the number of metal 3D printer sales across the United States between 2016 and 2017.
The Studio System by Desktop Metal is the world’s first office-friendly metal printing solution. With a build area of 300mm x 200mm x 200m and a resolution of 50um voxels, the Studio System is the leading solution to metal prototyping and mass production. From simplified model prep to easy-to-remove supports, the Studio System has allowed many companies to bring metal 3D printing in-house. Desktop Metal began shipping the Studio System last quarter and is set to begin shipping the Production System with the next year.
Prediction: Surge in entry-level industrial 3D printing.
For companies new to additive manufacturing, deciding to purchase an industrial level 3D printer can be a difficult decision. While these printers provide a large amount of value over time, there is a high initial price tag. Many opt for an entry-level desktop 3D printer. This is highlighted by the fact that there were 528,952 desktop 3D printer sales recorded between 2016 and 2018.
Desktop printers, like the Objet30 Pro and the Objet30 Prime, utilize PolyJet technology, allowing for realistic 3D prints. However, the material options and build sizes are relatively limited. With the emergence of the first benchtop 3D printer, the F120, companies have the option to produce high-quality FDM prints, quickly and economically. Proven to print for up to 250 hours, uninterrupted, the F120 brings industrial 3D printing to the masses. While its print size is smaller than other machines in the F123 series, its low-price and efficiency makes it a great option for those new to additive manufacturing.
Interested in learning more about 3D printing? Contact us today!
On this edition of 30 on 3D, learn about Antero 800NA, the first PEKK-based material available on a Stratasys FDM system. Using Antero 800NA with FDM technology avoids the waste and design limitations associated with using subtractive manufacturing on a PEKK material.