Captured Inserts in FDM 3D Prints

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Captured inserts can add functionality, durability, even a pop of color to FDM prints. But it’s important to have a good grasp on the basics before tackling advanced applications. In this series, I’ll cover everything you need to know about building parts with captured inserts, from the basics to advanced toolpath tweaks. Today, we’ll start at the beginning, with how to make your Stratasys FDM machine pause mid-print. All FDM/FFF machines have some ability to pause, and then resume a […]

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3D Printing: Take a Stab at Stabilize Walls

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In FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D Printing, “support” refers to structures onto which model material is printed. Every part requires, at the very least, a surface onto which the first layers are laid. Beyond that, support structures provide a platform for any material which would otherwise be extruded into mid-air. In other words, supports exist to carry vertical loads. When parts require additional Lateral Stability, GrabCAD Print and Insight users have a couple of “one-click” options: Use the Surround Support Style, or […]

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