Ideas for Using Scans to Make Custom 3D Printed Fixtures

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I have this really cool model of a hand we 3D printed on our J750, and I wanted it to stand out in our displays as a real medical model and not just another 3D print. So, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show off how easy it is to create custom holders or fixtures using scanning and 3D printing combined. This same process could be used if instead of a scan, we already had an actual […]

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3D Printing Rubber-like with Color: Agilis 30 White

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  With Agilis 30 White, we continue to improve on the performance of abilities of the J750. We can now print our normal full-color CMYK parts while using Agilis to make those colored parts also have a soft rubber-like quality. Agilis 30 White replaces VeroPureWhite in the CMYK palette. In short, this means that the more “white” the color being printed contains, the softer the material will be. Agilis 30 White has a natural Shore A value of 30. So we […]

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Stratasys F123 Series Materials – ABS, ASA, PC-ABS, TPU 92A

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The F123 series from Stratasys unlocks so much more potential in 3D printing than its predecessors. Faster heat up, faster material swapping, and a modern age touch screen interface are just a few of the things that make these 3D printers stand out among other systems. The biggest addition, in my opinion, is the ability to print multiple materials. The legacy machines could only print ABS, but these systems can now print ABS, ASA, PC-ABS, and the newly released TPU […]

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Roland Desktop Mills: Preventing Spindle Overcurrent Error

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A spindle overcurrent error is a safety feature built into the Roland Desktop Mills. This feature shuts off milling operations when the stress on the spindle becomes too high, protecting the spindle from damage. The key to preventing spindle overcurrent errors is to reduce the load on the spindle during operation. There are many things that can cause extra stress on the spindle, so here I will go through some of the more common ones. Things to consider before beginning: […]

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Tips and Tricks for VX Model: Patching Holes

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Anyone familiar with 3D scanning knows that small holes in your scan are inevitable. Whether they are screw holes, pinholes, countersunk, or counterbore, you just can’t always capture the entirety of a small hole. Now, this begs the questions: “Do you just ignore them, or do you fix them?”. This depends entirely on what your scan is being used for. If you’re scanning to extract a surface from a mold design, then maybe you can just ignore those screw holes […]

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MODELA MDX-40A Desktop Milling Machine

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The MDX – 40A is an easy to use desktop milling machine. It’s compact size but spacious work area allows it to fit in most any office, lab, or classroom. Built for all levels of designer, engineers, and students, the MDX – 40A is a great fit for those that need to quickly create precise 3D models or engravings in a small work place. The MDX – 40A can mill any number of plastics, foams, and woods. Including but not […]

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MDX-540 Benchtop Milling Machine for Prototypes and Production

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  The MDX-540 from DGSHAPE by Roland is a 4-axis capable desktop CNC milling machine designed with everyone in mind, which makes it a great in office tool for all engineers, designers, and educators. It has a 19.6″(X) x 15.7″(Y) x 6.1″(Z) milling area, and can handle all production grade plastics and non-ferrous metals for production or prototype parts at production speeds. The MDX-540’s material capability covers everything from Delrin to aluminum. Even with all the capabilities of the MDX-540, it […]

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What We Learned at AMUG 2018 – Part 2

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Computer Aided Technology was lucky enough to participate and attend AMUG 2018 and learn all we could about all the additive manufacturing technologies out there. It was fun week full many different classes, events, and lectures, but my favorite event by far was “Foundry in a Box”. In “Foundry in a Box” we were able to get hands on experience with two different types of casting processes: Sand Casting and Investment Casting. For traditional sand casting, a special type of […]

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Calibrating your GO!SCAN 3D Scanner

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Due to the inevitable changing of environmental conditions, it is important to be able to optimize data acquisition by running a quick scanning calibration. It is not necessary to do before every scan, but calibration should be done on a regular basis and when the scanner is exposed to an obviously different environment than the last time it was calibrated. The GO!SCAN system is supplied with a calibrated and serialized reference artifact, also known as a calibration plate. This is […]

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