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, GelMatrix isn’t a selectable material. When hovering over the material, GrabCAD notes that GelMatrix can only be used as a Digital Material. That means GelMatrix cannot be printed on its […]

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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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Printing with Vivid Vero – White centers, Translucent and Hollow parts

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The introduction of the Vivid Vero colors in the Stratasys Polyjet materials lineup came the ability to print transparent colors and an even larger range of colors. However, using the vivid materials without considering the way GrabCAD Print handles them. When printing non-textured STL, VRML or SLDPRT files, GrabCAD Print will print these files by default with a thin colored shell and a white center (VeroWhite, VeroPureWhite). This wouldn’t be an issue with opaque materials, but the transparent materials the […]

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