GrabCad Print Updates V1.8 and 1.9

GrabCad users know that every time you open the program it will automatically search for updates. But if you run this on a machine that doesn’t get shut down often you may be behind on a few key recent updates. Update 1.8 came out in July and 1.9 was released this week. If you have a large format Fortus printer you will want to get these recent releases. The biggest jump for both of these releases are the integration of support […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: F123 Series Camera Shroud Print and Install

F123 Series Camera Shroud Print and Install   If you have a F123 series machine and use the camera to view your builds through Grabcad Print software or the mobile app, you will notice in rooms with a fair amount of ambient light that there is a reflection. This stems from the double pane window and the camera being between them.   Stratasys has released a customer level fix for this issue and below are how you go about doing […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Waterjet Cleaning System Has No Lights, Wiper, or Pump Working

Issues with Waterjet Cleaning System   If your waterjet suddenly stops working where the lights do not come on, the wiper arm doesn’t move, and the pump itself doesn’t come on when the pedal is pushed, it may be an easy fix. All of the power for this unit goes though the electrical box on the rear of the WaterJet and then distributed from there. The main thing we find that causes the system to go down is a simple […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: 3rd Party Software to Verify and Repair STL’s

3rd Party Software to Verify and Repair STL’s   Occasionally you may come across a part that comes out of your 3D printer looking horrible in quality. There are particular things within these defects that can help tip you off as to what is wrong and if it is your machine or your file that heeds help.   If you end up with a part that has shards of material jetting out of it or through the support, generally triangle […]

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Stratasys 3D Printers: Print Head Alignment for PolyJet Desktop Printers

Print Head Alignment for PolyJet Desktop Printers   You may find your parts have some rough edges over time or after replacing or swapping your print head locations on your Objet printer. This can be due to the heads being out of alignment and need to be adjusted. Doing the adjustment is fairly automated and easy to do. You will need your clear transparency sheets, scotch tape (optional), and a magnifier or loupe to look at the print to do […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Data Shifting and Reseating Head Cards on PolyJet Printer

Data Shifting and Reseating Head Cards on PolyJet Printer   From time to time, on your Objet Desktop PolyJet printer, you may see your print offset print in the X or Y direction. This happens when the information coming from Objet Studio was not processed correctly internally, or the machine itself has confused itself and loses its reference. There is a possibility there is an issue internal to the machine with boards or cables, but this is a way to […]

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X, Y, & Z Calibration for your Uprint, 1200, and Fortus 250mc Printers

On your FDM system you can run a number of different materials and/or colors through it. Over time the tips deteriorate and need replacing. Some colors such as blue and orange tend to leave trails of the material in the tip as well that can come out even after purging and will be embedded into your other color parts. For instances like this we recommend keeping spare tips for these colors so they don’t ruin a part after you do […]

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Polyjet and FDM Material Expiration Date and Shelf Life

Both Polyjet and FDM materials have a shelf life to them and Polyjet has a hard expiration date which it won’t read in the machine past that date. The shelf life for the material is from when it’s manufactured till when it’s no longer available. For FDM machines the shelf of the material is about 3 years from manufactured date as long as the sealed bag and cartridge is not opened. If the bag is opened the shelf life goes […]

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Fortus 380mc / 450mc Controller Software Upgrade

As new materials are made available to the market, new software releases will come with it to allow your machine to run them if you have the ability to. This can also be performed if it is believed there is an issue with your current software. Here is how you go through the process of updating the internal controller software. 1. Retrieve your new .UPG software file from Stratasys or CATI. 2. On the printer, go to the Maintenance page […]

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Objet Roller Bath Revision

With the recent release of the V3 system of the Stratasys Objet Polyjet machines, there was a change in the roller bath design. The former metal bath has now been replaced with a disposable plastic one that is easier to replace. This update will carry down as a retrofit piece to all past Objet desktop printers as well as replacing the metal ones from here on out. With your annual preventative maintenance, you are provided 2 new baths.  Plastic Roller […]

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