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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Stratasys F-Series Highlights

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Stratasys F-Series FDM 3D printers are the next generation to improve upon the well known Dimension series printers. With these printers come great improvements in many areas such as material options, reliability, ease of use, and flexibility. The materials offered on the F123 lineup cover a wide range of uses and applications to give user the most bang for their buck. PLA- an economic, fast printing material used for truly rapid prototypes. This material uses its own special print head/fan […]

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FDM Material Highlights

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FDM Material Highlights FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology is the engineering workhorse in the Stratasys portfolio. Offering numerous real world thermoplastic material options, it has great potential to fit many functionally demanding applications. FDM works by heating a thermoplastic filament into a liquid, then depositing that liquid plastic through a precision nozzle to form the desired geometry. Think of a spool of weed wacker wire being fed into a CNC hot glue gun, same basic concept. One of the big […]

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