How to ensure dimensional accuracy of FDM 3D printed PEEK parts?

While FDM 3D printing, complications may occur when processing large-size elements, such as the two-piece 40 cm model shown in the photo above, which, in addition to restrictive dimensional parameters, required the clearance along the entire element to be maintained while maintaining high strength parameters.
Dimensional accuracy depends not only on the technology in which we produce a given 3D print but also on materials out of which we build our element. Polymer’s technical parameters define the mechanical features of the given printout. We can’t forget about the importance of additional parameters, such as printer calibration, the type of used filament, and finally, the ambient temperature conditions.

Regarding heat and chemical resistance, the PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) polymer, as one of […]

Easy to print, soluble - FS11 - can be used when printing with PEEK, PA, PC, ABS / PC, TPE, ASA, ABS or PET.

Soluble support material for PEEK – Why it matters.

Demographic changes and industry development generate increased demand and material consumption as well as the need to automate production. In this field, modern polymers – such as PEEK, support optimization, and in some cases replace the materials used so far.
The improvement in the use of plastics in the industry, which we can observe, increases the requirements for the measurement correctness and quality management. Valued in industrial applications – PEEK – is an excellent example of the benefits of innovation in the field of polymers, on the other hand, it is also an excellent example to illustrate the technological requirements that one must meet to make production reasonable.
PEEK, a high-performance, temperature-resistant semi-crystalline polymer is often used as a replacement for metals in […]

Softshaper-New release


SOFTSHAPER – the professional software tailored to the needs of industrial printing machines in FDM technology, also compatible with low-budget 3D printers, has just presented the latest release of its essential functions.
As the creators assure, it is worth to consider exchanging the existing software to a software well suited to high technological and material requirements in thermoplastic printing technology.
Grouping layers.
SOFTSHAPER was one of the first to offer an Innovative Layer Modification Solution – Individual modification of individual or groups of layers to assign a separate print technology.

Example of grouping layers for a set of models.

Infill modification.

Automatic selection of groups due to the size of the geometry.

Most applications that control the printing process modify the infill parameters, supports or contours […]

How does moisture affect 3D printing fiber?

All filaments for 3D printing FDM / FFF are hygroscopic, i.e., they absorb moisture from the environment in which they are located.
Hygroscopicity is an undesirable effect in filaments for 3D printing. Plastic polymers consist of chains of molecules joined together. The absorbed water molecules destroy these chains, destroying the plastic and causing many problems when printing.

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Don’t worry, the “wet” filament spools can be quickly dried, and proper storage can prevent future accidents.
Below, we look at how to recognize a wet filament, how to dry it, and finally how to store it correctly.

Dried filament Moist filament
Comparison of dry and wet filament print
How to recognize a wet filament?
The easiest way is to extrude some filament and watch it come out […]

VSHAPER PRO printhead assembly.

The VSHAPER printhead mounting system with neodymium magnets guarantees a quick replacement and secure fixing.

Easy assembly/disassembly;
Stable, secure mounting of the printhead;
Easy positioning of the printhead during assembly;
Smooth and quick transition from high-temperature to low-temperature printing;
Time-saving when installing/removing the printhead;
Reduction of user interference;
Smooth transition of work with different nozzle diameters.

Efficient and quick replacement of the head in the VSHAPER PRO printer is possible thanks to the use of a new head mounting system using neodymium magnets. This solution guarantees the achievement of both a secure print module attachment and an easy replacement.

The use of a new printing module assembly solution shortens the time for replacing the extruder and reduces the user’s interference, thus […]

VSHAPER’s answer for the abrasive feature of carbon fiber.

PA-CF stands for polyamide reinforced with carbon fiber. This filament is ideal for anyone that desires a structural component with high modulus, improved chemical and thermal resistance, excellent surface quality, and ease of printing.
The most common issue with 3d print of nylon is it’s warping. But because of its features, it was worth to reinforce it. The carbon fibers were the answer. Excellent dimensional stability comes from the connection of carbon fiber and nylon. But in general, these fibers will accelerate the nozzle-wear of brass nozzles, much faster than unfilled filaments.

The PA-CF filament doesn’t need a high temperature to be well printed, but it does require a wear-resistant nozzle. The troubles cause carbon fiber, which occurs to be abrasive […]

The President of Poland visited the VSHAPER stand during Congress 590.

What goals define our activities? Time to summarise The 590 Congress.

The fourth edition of 590 Congress, a two-day event that takes place in Jasionka near Rzeszów in Poland has come to an end. The topics to be discussed among the event, by the panellists, including debates on such essential issues as digital affairs, cybersecurity and energy. The economy and its development was the priority topic to the local, European and global context.
The prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that thanks to many activities of entrepreneurs, polish productivity is growing, and economy can reply to the ambitions of innovative people. CEO of VSHAPER company, the manufacturer 3D printer producer, Tomasz Szymański was among the entrepreneur group that took part in the meeting with the prime minister.
“The industrial revolution 4.0, which […]

VSHAPER is a partner of Kongres 590.

We are proud of the fact that VSHAPER is a partner of Congress 590 (Kongres 590).

The 590 Congress is a place of exchange of experience between the worlds of science, industry and politics. Appreciating the importance and importance of this event, we have joined the noble group of partners with satisfaction.

We invite you to exchange experiences with our specialists, who will be waiting for you in the SME zone.

Technological Audit by VSHAPER, R&D, Traffic maintenance, Small lot production

New Service initiated by VSHAPER – Technological Audit.

Thanks to many meetings and exchanges of experience with our customers and entrepreneurs, who were interested in the 3D technology implementation, we decided to start a new service.  
The audit,­­ carried out by VSHAPER specialists, is targeted to improve organization and production processes. The test begins from the analysis of company’s potential, and the basis of this research are processes of production, starting from the conception stage, through production and quality testing, up to the completion of the final product.

As part of the free service, you will have the option of testing the latest solutions used in 3D printing and gain the answer to the question of how new technologies can support your business. For many companies wanting to grow […]

Do you know that you can choose the most suitable 3D Printer for your requirements?

As a manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, operating on the market for many years in cooperation with companies responsible for CAD/CAM solutions, we know that there are no ready-made solutions for everything in the industry. Often, solving a specific problem involves developing it from the very beginning, taking an individual look at each of its aspects. Each of our customers has slightly different requirements and ideas for using our machines. Therefore, in order to meet the expectations of our customers, we have adopted a production strategy that allows us to adjust the solution to meet the detailed, individual needs. After reading this article you will be able to adjust the specific printer to your needs to a much greater […]