3D Printing with Stereolithography

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Stereolithography (SL) is the first Additive Manufacturing technology, patented in 1986.  But just because it is the oldest does not mean there is nothing new, SL remains a viable solution for prototypes, tooling, production, etc. in the 3D Printing world.  Newly introduced is the Stratasys V650 Flex.  The ‘Flex’ in the name truly means that it is giving users more flexibility, Stratasys has unlocked the restrictions to this tried and true technology by allowing customers to use any UV photopolymer […]

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Recycle with Stratasys

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As I visit customer sites, I am amazed at the stacks of empty material spools, cartridges, canisters and containers stacked up and collecting dust from 3D Printing of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and/or PolyJet equipment. Some customers still do not know that Stratasys offers a recycling program for these empty material containers at no shipping cost to the customer. Stratasys will provide you a shipping label to return empty containers Start your recycling process by visiting https://www.stratasys.com/recycling. On the website, […]

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Scaling Down 3D Printing Cost

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3D printing prototypes are often intended to meet the requirements of Form, Fit and/or Function. But sometimes only Form is required to verify a shape and Fit or Function are not necessary. For large bulky models, the material cost can be significant as well as build time. Most people are not aware that a 50% scale reduction could save up to 800% material. Let’s investigate this idea. Building a solid cube that is 1x1x1 inches the material usage will obviously […]

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Unpacking GrabCAD .Print Files

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GrabCAD Print does an outstanding job of repairing STL files by repairing missing triangles, overlapping triangles, stitching, etc. But one of my pet peeves is that while it will correct an STL file, it will not let you save the repaired STL file. I would like to export the repaired STL file for future use and not have to rerun the repair procedure each time I load it into GrabCAD Print. This is also true after you scale a part […]

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Stratasys F120 Filament Recovery

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F120 Filament Recovery With the Stratasys F120’s huge filament boxes holding 200 cubic inches of 3D print material we can build lots of parts without worrying about running out in the middle of a build. Stratasys has gone to great lengths to maintain the long-term quality of this large amount of material by sealing it from humidity. But it happened… I lost the filament in the feed tube when swapping from ABS to ASA. You could break the seal on […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.36 Released

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Build number 1.36.17.57117 released on 20 November 2019 Important Notification: Support for Windows 7 is ending. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. GrabCAD Print 1.37 (scheduled for December 17, 2019) will be the final release supported on Windows 7. Stratasys will stop providing software updates for GrabCAD Print on Windows 7, will no longer ensure that GrabCAD Print works on Windows 7, and will not offer support for […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.37 Released

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Build number 1.37.15.57828 released on 18 December 2019 The latest GrabCAD Print release is short; but packed with powerful enhancements for PolyJet 3D Printing. It’s also the last release supported on Windows 7. General Changes/Improvements: Traveler Document for Manufacturing Notes: It is now possible to preview and create a PDF traveler document containing the manufacturing notes and screenshots of the models for the currently active tray.  To use this feature, select the part, click the right mouse button and from the pop-up […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.36 Released

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Build number 1.36.17.57117 released on 20 November 2019 Important Notification: Support for Windows 7 is ending. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. GrabCAD Print 1.37 (scheduled for December 17, 2019) will be the final release supported on Windows 7. Stratasys will stop providing software updates for GrabCAD Print on Windows 7, will no longer ensure that GrabCAD Print works on Windows 7, and will not offer support for […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.35 Released

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Build number 1.35.21.56592 released on 24 October 2019 Important Notification: Support for Windows 7 is ending. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. GrabCAD Print 1.37 (scheduled for December 17, 2019) will be the final release supported on Windows 7. Stratasys will stop providing software updates for GrabCAD Print on Windows 7, will no longer ensure that GrabCAD Print works on Windows 7, and will not offer support for […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.33 Released

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GrabCAD Print Build number 1.33.10.54793 released on 20 August 2019 FDM Changes/Improvements: On printers that are supported by Advanced FDM, some advanced features are now available in the Model Settings tab. These include infill density, infill angle, and body thickness, and when CAD files are used, the ability to change a cylindrical hole into a self-supporting diamond. The Advanced FDM mode, introduced in version 1.24,  is now supported on the Stratasys F170, F270, F370, all Fortus (250, 380, 400, 450, […]

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