New Feature Highlight: Creaform’s HandyScan Black Part 1

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Creaform recently announced the next generation in their high accuracy laser scanning product line, the HandyScan Black series. This blog will go through a few of the changes they’ve implemented compared to the previous generation of HandyScan. Accuracy – 25% Increase The HandyScan Black boasts an improved point to surface accuracy of 9 ten thousandths of an inch (0.0009”) vs the previous generations 12 ten thousandths of an inch (0.0012”). Volumetric Accuracy – 30% Increase Measure large parts more accurately […]

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Industrial Grade Vapor Smoothing with Stradivarius

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CATI has recently added a new FDM finishing machine to our Manufacturing Solutions lineup. The Stradivarius Vapor Smoother (more info at http://3dsmooth.com/) is a great piece of equipment for quickly and efficiently improving the look of FDM printed parts. It works by using acetone vapor to partially melt the surface of your FDM part (or some other chemicals depending on the plastic you want to smooth). This blends together the iconic FDM layer lines on the surface of your part, […]

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Desktop Metal Studio System Design Guideline Highlights

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With the release of Desktop Metal’s new Studio System, we wanted to publish some highlights of the design guidelines developed by Desktop metal in order to ensure success on your new metal printing system. By following these guidelines, you will be creating part designs that are best suited to utilize the strengths of the Studio System while at the same time minimizing the impact of the process limitations inherent to the tech behind the Studio System. All these design guidelines […]

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In Depth Reverse Engineering Workflow Part 1 : Scan to 3D Print

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In the first part of this two-part post, we will take a look at the step by step process required to take a physical part sitting on your desk and make a digital copy you can 3D print. The model we will be looking at is this pipe. With its unusual bolt pattern and organic routing, this part is an ideal candidate for reverse engineering via 3D scanning as doing so via manual measurement methods would prove extremely difficult and […]

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Scan to CAD Comparison in VXModel to Double Check Reverse Engineered Models

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So you’ve spent some effort to go through the 3D scanning and reverse engineering process in VXModel to get yourself to a fully parametric CAD model. How can you check to make sure your model is accurate to the scan, or the design intent assumptions you made did not throw geometry too far out of spec? Here we will be looking at a quick and easy way to get an answer at a glance. Lets first take a look at […]

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What’s New in VXElements 6.2 SP1

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Creaform is constantly working to improve upon their products for greater speed, accuracy, and ease of use. Part of that never ending goal is software improvements within Creaform’s VXElements software packages. A service pack update for VXElements 6.2 has just been released, correcting a few bugs found since 6.2’s release earlier this year in May. See below for a list of those specific fixes. BUG FIXES VXElements: Fixed a bug where probing a single point would trigger a Multishot acquisition […]

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Getting Started on Creaform’s Customer Center

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Now that you’ve got your new Creaform 3D Scanner, it’s time to get on the Creaform customer center and get access to tons of great information and resources that will help you get the most out of your new Creaform product. Start off by heading to www.creaform.com and clicking on the “customer center” link located at the top right of the homepage. From the customer center login page, click on the access request link. You will be asked to fill […]

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3D Printing in Full Color

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One of the more exciting trends in 3D printing has been the move towards full color printing. Not only confined to using 3D printing to be able to evaluate complex geometries, we can now print in full color for a much better ability to experience a prototype that is much closer to the final product than ever before. Artists and designers alike can harness this technology to accurately apply colors and textures in ways that before were either laboriously done […]

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Finishing 3D Printed Parts with Roland Desktop CNC

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Finishing 3D printed parts on Roland Desktop CNC The newest addition to our Manufacturing Solutions family is the Desktop CNC lineup of Roland Machines. Having worked extensively with 3D printing technology in the past, one of the applications we were most excited about was taking 3D printed parts and finishing critical features/surfaces in our new CNC machines. 3D printers have come a long way over the years in terms of accuracy capabilities, but they aren’t quite at the level most […]

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Using GrabCAD Print for FDM Printers

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Using GrabCAD Print for FDM Printers GrabCAD Print is an awesome cloud based print prep and management software for Stratasys machines. It is compatible with the following FDM families – F123, Fortus, uPrint, and Dimension. On the Polyjet side of things, currently only the J750 and Objet 1000 have GrabCAD print integration, with more systems in the works. We’ll be taking a closer look at this software’s use with FDM printers. GrabCAD Print allows you to prepare prints, monitor their […]

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