Tray Arrangement in GrabCAD Print

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In GrabCAD Print, the Arrange tool has two options for automatic arrangement: “Arrange tray” and “Arrange project.” They work in the same way, except that Arrange tray will only arrange parts on the current tray, and Arrange project will arrange all parts across all of the trays. Here’s how they work: Each part has a theoretical bounding box (cube shape) drawn around its largest dimensions. The parts are then placed on the tray(s) starting in the home corner (varies by […]

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Multi-Color printing on FDM With GrabCAD Print

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Polyjet printing has always been the king of multi color 3D printing, but as you will soon see, we can print multiple colors in FDM.  This will take a little extra work in the design phase of your project, but the outcomes will be worth it. In GrabCAD Print, open your part, complete your setup and slicing as you usually do.  Once the slicing is complete and the graphics are generated, the Slice Preview panel opens.  In this pane, we […]

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What I learned at AMUG (2018 Edition)

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In mid April of this year, myself and other members of the Hardware Sales and Application team made the short trek to the St. Louis Union Station for the 30th annual AMUG conference. AMUG is first and foremost a User Group for users and operators of additive equipment to come together to learn from one another. This is the only place I would feel comfortable in talking to vendors and manufacturers of competitive equipment and ask them how it works. […]

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How To: From 3D Scanning to 3D Printing

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Something that seems to collect on co-workers desks (as well as my own) are 3D Printed knick-knacks. I try to limit this to old material that we are trying to use up, but occasionally a project pops up that catches my eye. In this case, a duck decoy was sent to me along with other parts for training purposes on our GO!SCAN 50 3D Scanner. This scanner collects point cloud data as well as 24 bit color. After scanning, this […]

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3D Printing Custom Carbon Fiber Parts with Soluble Cores – Zips Formula SAE Racing

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Over the last several years, Computer Aided Technology has been working with the Akron Zips Formula SAE racing team in many different forms. We have gone from printing parts, to printing the tool for carbon fiber layup with a sacrificial core method. This is done with a soluble material wrapped in carbon fiber. After the part has gone through the curing process, the core is dissolved. Previous parts included foot rests, mounts and brackets, and air intakes. This past year […]

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STL Output Settings for CAD (Updated for 2018)

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Happy new year!  This information is borrowed from a blog post I wrote a couple years ago, it still holds true if your intent is to end up with a printable STL from SOLIDWORKS.  However, if you don’t need to make high level changes to toolpaths, like you might see in Insight, you can open native CAD files (including SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies) within a software package called GrabCAD print.  This saves time and bypasses the need to worry about […]

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Scan to 3D Print

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For many years, Additive Manufacturing has leaned heavily on the Computer Aided Design (CAD) world to print parts.  Until recently this was in the form of STL (Standard Tessellation Language) files.  STL files are a collection of points that create a 3D Object.  Lately, I have noticed more and more manufacturers moving towards native CAD Data for Printing. One technology is still making great use of the STL file, and that is 3D Scanning.  3D Scanners collect data about a […]

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Calibrating the HandySCAN 3D

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Calibrating the Creaform HandySCAN 3D Changes in the environment may affect the scanner calibration, mostly due to pressure or temperature variations. Optimizing the calibration allows you to get back to the initial measuring characteristics. VXelements includes an application to optimize the scanner calibration, available through Configure | Scanner | Calibration or by clicking on Scanner calibration in the main toolbar. Creaform will recommend doing this each time you use the scanner. An annual factory calibration is also recommended to keep […]

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Benefits of the MetraSCAN 3D Optical Coordinate Measuring Machines

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Benefits of the MetraSCAN 3D Optical Coordinate Measuring Machines Technology is very fascinating to me.  We make great strides on a day to day basis, and in a blink of the eye, everything you knew is already outdated or obsolete.  Optical scanners are no different.  The big players have been bringing more and more to the table, and it’s very hard to decide what you need.  The most important things to keep in mind are how big of a part […]

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Fixing a 3D Scan for Printing

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SOLIDWORKS, 3D Printing, and 3D Scanning really are complementary technologies.  We’ve been printing files that were exported from SOLIDWORKS for years.  Like most mature CAD packages, SOLIDWORKS does an awesome job on exporting STL files. See this post for a recommendation on export settings from SOLIDWORKS.  Depending on part geometry, the workflow from Scan to Print may require a few extra steps.    During a scan, we might end up with a few holes that will need to be filled.  […]

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