Testing 17-4 ph Stainless Steel from Desktop Metal

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Out of my own curiosity, I wanted to see how our printed stainless steel compared to common production stainless steel like 304. I took a few samples to a friends shop and talked about what I wanted to do and off we went. First, 304 is probably one of the most common general use steels made and used in industry. 17-4 is a bit more specialized but its most sought-after features are its high strength and corrosion resistance. This is […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Accounting for Coatings and Determining Pre-plate Dimensions

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For certain precision machining operations, the application of coatings will necessitate machining to a slightly different dimension than the one on the final print. While there is no direct feature in SOLIDWORKS to just remove the coating thickness, this type of operation can be completed in about three steps using a few of the lesser-known SOLIDWORKS features. The basic idea is to create a model of the coating thickness and subtract it from the completed part. It’s actually simpler than […]

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