CATI partnering with M.A.D.E.

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Computer Aided Technology, has offices in over 20 locations, covering about 1/3 of the United States. With multiple offices, this gives CATI employees the responsibility, opportunity and privilege to serve the communities that we work and live in. The St. Louis CATI team is proud to partner with M.A.D.E., a community of Makers, Artist, Designers and Entrepreneurs. CATI, with their Stratasys 3D Printers, will aid the MADE mission to cultivate local creativity, foster curiosity, and support diversity in creative practice. The […]

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Insight – Advanced Software for FDM

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  Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) software has become quite simple to use with the introduction of GrabCAD Print. GrabCAD Print makes it easy with a few selections to produce an exceptional 3D model of your CAD drawing. GrabCAD Print settings are intentionally minimal and conservative for the novice user to achieve 100% success. But what if you need something special? For example, a sparse interior with a thick outer shell for strength? This is where the advanced Insight software […]

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DESIGN FOR 3D PRINTING – Tips, Tricks, & Techniques Part 3 of 3

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing can be somewhat different than designing for traditional Subtractive processes (Mills, Lathes, etc.) We will break this down into 3 parts that impact your design, Design Considerations (part 1), Exporting Data (part 2) and Part Printing (part 3). In this blog let’s take a look at the next step – Part Printing. Part Preparation is extremely important to initiate the function in the equation of form, fit and function. We will also focus on understanding build […]

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DESIGN FOR 3D PRINTING – Tips, Tricks & Techniques Part 2 of 3

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing can be somewhat different than designing for traditional Subtractive processes (Mills, Lathes, etc.) We will break this down into 3 parts that impact your design, Design Considerations (part 1), Exporting Data (part 2) and Build Preparation (part 3). In Part 1 we discussed Design Considerations. In this blog let’s take a detailed look at the next step – Exporting the Data. This can be equally important to define the form, fit and function intended for the […]

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3D CAD Design For 3D Printing – Tips, Tricks, & Techniques – Part 1 of 3

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing can be somewhat different than designing for traditional subtractive processes (Mills, Lathes, etc.). We will break this process down into three parts that impact your design. The three parts will focus on Design Considerations (part 1), Exporting Data (part 2) and Build Preparation (part 3). As a designer you have numerous design considerations for your creation. However, for Additive Manufacturing (AM) let’s just concentrate on these three design considerations that make a difference in 3D Printing; […]

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JUSTIFYING 3D PRINTING FOR YOUR BUSINESS (Part 3 of 3) Creating the Presentation

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This is the final installment of a 3-part series discussing the basics of justifying 3D printing equipment for your company. It is broken down into 3 basic tasks: Choosing the correct 3D Printer (click here to view previous blog) Collecting the information (click here to view previous blog) Creating the presentation After completing Step 1 above, you should have narrowed your choice of 3D printing technologies and selected a couple of models to evaluate. With Step 2 you should have […]

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Justifying 3D Printing for Your Company (Part 2 of 3) – Collecting the Information

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This a part 2 of a 3 part series discussing basics of justifying 3D printing equipment for your company. It is broken down into 3 basic tasks: Choosing the correct 3D Printer (click here to view previous blog) Collecting information Creating the presentation After completing Step 1 above, you should have narrowed your choice of 3D printing technologies and selected a couple of models to evaluate. Now we can begin Collecting Information for the justification process. Most people will consider […]

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Justifying 3D Printing for your Business Part 1: Choosing the Correct 3D Printer

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Justifying 3D Printing for your Business Part 1: Choosing the Correct 3D Printer Justifying any capital equipment for your company can often feel like trying to get the planets to align. But if you can’t wait until May 6, 2492 (next alignment of all 8 planets) let’s discuss what steps you can take to acquire a 3D Printer for your business. Most 3D Printer justifications can be simplified into 3 basic tasks: Choosing the correct 3D Printer Collecting the information […]

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Choosing a 3D Printer – Why FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

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Choosing a 3D Printer – Why FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) Selecting a 3D printer is much like choosing your car. While the initial cost is generally your first criteria, as you explore options, features, safety, reliability, maintenance, etc. your focus often shifts from “cost” to “value”. Value often includes extra or ‘non-tangible’ benefits beyond the physical dollars. Some of the value questions you should be asking about 3D Printers are: Is the technology proven? Is the technology safe? Will the […]

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Discovering your 3D Printer’s Capabilities – Part 3

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This is the last of a brief series on understanding the capabilities and limitations of your 3D Printer. When you know what your machine can achieve, it can be applied to significantly aid your part design as well as throughput and quality. In part 1 of this series, we discussed how structural supports are dependent on 3 variables; technology, material and layer thickness. We showed how some overhangs can be built in FDM without a support structure. See Discovering your […]

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