Desktop Metal: X/Y Calibration

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The X/Y Calibration on a Desktop Metal 3D Printer is intended to calibrate the offset between the metal and interface extruders. The process consists of printing a series of metal lines and then printing interface atop those metal lines. The user then visually inspects the location of the interface lines and enters the found values to the user interface screen on the printer. Notes: X/Y Calibration is required upon the first print X/Y Calibration may also be run if you […]

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GrabCAD Print version 1.29, April 2019

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GrabCAD Print version 1.29, April 2019 Build number 1.29.6.51061 released on 16 April 2019 The latest versions of CAD packages are now supported in GrabCAD Print. This includes SOLIDWORKS 2019, Inventor 2019, Creo 5.0, NX 12.0, and more. Read more here. Easily access your printers with the new printer panel. This has the ability to Favorite printers, advanced Searching and Filtering, and many other improvements. And we want your feedback on it! Turn it on from File > Preferences > GrabCAD […]

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GrabCAD Print release notes 1.27

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Note for PolyJet users: Please update the Job Manager from the Printer Settings screen. More info. Interested in trying new features of GrabCAD Print before they are released? Sign up here to request beta access: http://info.grabcad.com/beta. Current betas include an API to query live printer status and job history (requires GrabCAD Print Server). You can also test the latest version of GrabCAD Print in your environment as part of the  Early Visibility Program. GrabCAD Print version 1.27, February 2019 Build number 1.27.17.49710 released on 25 February 2019 […]

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Polyjet Desktop Flush/Fill Wizard

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Using the Material Flush/Fill wizard before and after an extended period of inactivity (more than one week) ensures proper printer maintenance and quality printing. Each time you run the wizard you select one of the following processes: Draining printing materials and flushing the system with cleaning fluid Use this process to prepare the printer for a shutdown of more than one week. This process takes about 60 minutes and requires four (4) cleaning-fluid cartridges in the materials drawer. Filling the […]

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GradCAD release notes 1.24

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Note for PolyJet users: Please update the Job Manager from the Printer Settings screen. More info. Interested in trying new features of GrabCAD Print before they are released? You can test the latest version of GrabCAD Print in your environment as part of the  Early Visibility Program. GrabCAD Print version 1.24, November 2018 Build number 1.24.15.46944 released on 20 November 2018 GrabCAD Print Advanced FDM provides a powerful yet intuitive toolset to obtain desired part characteristics by automatically controlling FDM build attributes.  By assigning attributes […]

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GrabCAD Print New Releases

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GrabCAD Print Release Notes Note for PolyJet users: Please update the Job Manager from the Printer Settings screen. More info. Interested in trying new features of GrabCAD Print before they are released? Sign up here to request beta access: info.grabcad.com/beta Current betas include an advanced slicer for J750. You can also test the latest version of GrabCAD Print in your environment a few days before it becomes available generally as part of the Early Visibility Program. GrabCAD Print version 1.23, October 2018 Build number 1.23.20.45529 released on […]

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PLA plastic and replacing the PLA Head in your F123 Series Printer

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PLA works well at high speeds, specifically fast-draft mode on the Stratasys F123 Series. Get quick concept verification and design development while keeping material expenses down. Available in transparent colors, use PLA to 3D print see-through prototypes such as tail lights and blinkers. PLA offers good tensile strength, high stiffness, a low melting point and low HDT, which means less heat and power are required to print. Download the Spec sheet here: http://www.stratasys.com/-/media/files/material-spec-sheets/mss_fdm_pla_0118a.pdf Download the Safety Data Sheet here: http://www.stratasys.com/-/media/files/safety-data-sheets/pla-safety-data-sheets.zip […]

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Replacing Your F123 Series 3D Printer Standard Printhead

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When the printhead in your Stratasys F123 3D Printer reaches 1500 build hours (odometer limit), a warning will be displayed on the User Interface and the head’s Head Status Icon will be highlighted in red on the Materials page. You can continue using a head which has exceeded its odometer limit, but it is highly recommended that you change the head as part quality will be unpredictable. The instructions listed below are a guide on how to change out the […]

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Stratasys Objet Desktop Pattern Test

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Your Stratasys Objet Desktop should receive weekly, and sometimes even daily, maintenance. You should be printing a pattern test weekly using the pink paper provided with your start-up kit. The pattern test is the basic verification of the printer’s ability to produce quality models, since it demonstrates the condition of the nozzles in the print heads. To perform the pattern test: Make sure that the build tray is empty. Prepare a sheet of pink paper, approximately 21 × 14 centimeters […]

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What can Stratasys ABS plastics do for you?

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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an opaque thermoplastic and amorphous polymer. “Thermoplastic” (as opposed to “thermoset”) has to do with the way the material responds to heat. Thermoplastics become liquid (i.e. have a “glass transition”) at a certain temperature (221 degrees Fahrenheit in the case of ABS plastic). They can be heated to their melting point, cooled, and re-heated again without significant degradation. Instead of burning, thermoplastics like ABS liquefy which allows them to be easily injection molded and then subsequently […]

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