F123 Spotlight: How to use Draft Mode to Reduce Material Usage and Print Faster

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The Stratasys F123 line-up of printers have proved to be some of the easiest and most reliable FDM printers on the market. One feature on these printers that doesn’t get much spotlight is their ability to print in “Draft Mode”. Curious about the differences of draft mode, I ran some tests. What is Draft Mode? Draft Mode is a setting within the Tray Settings tab of GrabCAD Print. Selecting Draft Mode will change many parameters within GrabCAD Print that result […]

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Unlock Arrangement Options on your J55

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With the latest update to GrabCAD Print (version 1.51), the template for the new Stratasys J5 DentaJet was added to the software. The J5 DentaJet brings many improvements to the Stratasys Dental lineup and takes advantage of the revolutionary benefits of the J55 platform, including its rotating build tray. With a little workaround, some of these improvements can be used on the J55 to increase print efficiency.   Most Polyjet printers simply have an “arrange this tray” option that forces […]

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Visualizing Polyjet Build Volumes

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Visualizing size is a difficult skill. Describing something as the width of a human hair or a grain of rice is easy enough, but when you get larger than a baseball size can start to get arbitrary. The size of a banana or an apple can vary wildly, making them ill suited for describing the scale of an object. Visualizing volumes of empty space with only a few dimensions is even more difficult. Unfortunately, that’s how the build volumes of […]

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What’s New with Stratasys: Digital Anatomy Printer Updates

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With the latest update to GrabCAD 1.46, the Digital Anatomy Printer received some very welcome updates: Bone Analyzer and Cross Section.To understand why these updates are so useful, let’s take a trip back in time. When the Digital Anatomy Printer first came out its offerings were leaps and bounds ahead of anything available on the 3D printing market in its ability to replicate complex bone structures for authentic haptic feedback during practice procedures. However, the software used to process Digital […]

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J750 Digital Anatomy: GelMatrix spotlight

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In my last blog post, I went through some of my first impressions of the new Digital Anatomy Printer from Stratasys. In that blog I mentioned the usefulness of the GelMatrix material. I wanted to go more in depth about the material and show some actual part processing. Within GrabCAD Print, GelMatrix isn’t a selectable material. When hovering over the material, GrabCAD Print notes that GelMatrix can only be used as a Digital Material. That means GelMatrix cannot be printed […]

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J750 Digital Anatomy: First Impressions

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The CATI office in Bellevue, Washington had their Stratasys J750 Polyjet printer upgraded into the J750 Digital Anatomy printer recently and I thought I would go through some of my first impressions of the machine and its exclusive materials. The Good Physical Accuracy: One of the first part I printed off the machine was a human heart model. I was stunned to see the accuracy of the heart! The model had the Chordae Tendinae, Tricuspid valve, Mitral valve, Aortic valve, […]

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Stratasys J55 Solution Guide

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­­­­­­The J55 is the latest in a long line of Polyjet printers in the Stratasys family. With a revolving printing platform, this printer marks a change that promises to revolutionize the industry. To get a sense for how, looking at the similarities and differences helps to comprehend the capabilities of the J55. For an overview of the printer, check out one of our previous blog posts. Circular Build Platform The most defining characteristic of the J55 is the circular build […]

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Combining Displacement Maps in SOLIDWORKS to Create Natural & Organic Geometry

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In the last blog post we discussed creating displacement maps to make customized 3D textures in SOLIDWORKS. In this continuation, we will discuss mixing displacement maps from real life with your own to create more custom geometry. To get caught up on how to apply 3D textures check out the first blog post in this series. To get caught up learning how to create displacement maps check out the previous blog post in this series. As with previous blog posts, we […]

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Creating Custom Displacement Maps for Natural & Organic Geometry in SOLIDWORKS

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In the last blog post we discussed the ability to apply and manipulate 3D textures in SOLIDWORKS to create more natural and organic shapes. In this continuation, we will discuss creating your own 3D textures to create more custom geometry. To get caught up on how to apply 3D textures check out the previous blog post in this series. The most important thing to keep in mind when creating 3D textures is that when SOLIDWORKS applies the texture, different heights […]

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3D Printing Natural and Organic Geometry with SOLIDWORKS 3D Textures

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Additive manufacturing has many benefits over traditional manufacturing. One of the most valuable is the ability to create natural and organic geometry. However, modeling natural or organic geometry can seem difficult in SOLIDWORKS. The introduction of 3D textures in SOLIDWORKS 2019 made texturing SOLIDWORKS files very easy (see this earlier blog to learn more), but the capabilities of 3D textures go much farther than applying a simple pattern. To test the abilities of this tool, I took inspiration from the […]

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