My Top Five Features in Stratasys Insight

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Years ago, Stratasys began working on a unified software platform that we now know as GrabCAD print. This is a very powerful slicing engine for 3D printing on most Stratsys printers. Before this, we had several different software packages depending on the printer we bought. One of those was Insight. Insight was used for slicing parts for older “Big Box” machines and some of the newer ones. Today, the F370 as well as the Fortus (F900, F450, etc.) printers can […]

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Cut Out the Middleman with 3MF files in GrabCAD

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It has been exciting to watch how GrabCAD has grown these last few years. They keep adding features and enhancements on a monthly basis! Just this last month something special was added, although, a little hidden. Within preferences – GrabCAD Labs, have a look at the latest file type currently in Beta. Check the box to enable importing 3MF files. Let’s get into why this could turn into a big deal. The first version of the 3MF file type was […]

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Online Printer Usage Reports

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Online 3D printer usage reports are available right in GrabCAD Print and, if you have set up GrabCAD Print Server, are available in the secure online interface at print.grabcad.com Reports online Reports are powered by GrabCAD Print Server. Before you can see the online reports, you must enable them, and wait some time for the data to be collected. To enable reports, go to print.grabcad.com and log in, then click the Reports tab and click Enable Reports. This turns on Reports for the whole […]

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GrabCAD Print: Company Admin Overview

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The person that sets up the Company becomes the first admin, after that, the Admin has power to control company and user settings. The Users page is the all-in-one tool for managing your team. Add as many users to your account as you like using the “Add new users” button. Simply type the users name and email address and instructions will be sent for them to create an account and login.  You can track their progress from the Admin Users […]

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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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