SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Importing and Exporting 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) Files – #SW2017

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Importing and Exporting 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) Files   For almost 30 years STL (Surface Tessellated Language) has been the predominate format for 3D Printers. So why develop something new? 3D Printers have made significant strides in development with accuracy, resolution, materials, colors, etc., but sadly the STL file has remained stagnant. The STL format simply wraps triangles or tessellates a surface; recording the vertices of the triangles in 3-Dimensional space, it does not record any information regarding color, material, […]

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Decrease Your FDM Build Time by Clicking One Check Box

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  The build time on Additive Manufacturing equipment is a direct correlation of the part height, due to the layering process incorporated.  However, for Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) other factors are also involved such as supports, fill density, contour and raster width, etc.  For this article, let’s just focus on the support extruding process.  Stratasys FDM technology uses 2 separate extrusion tips for independent support and model materials.  This means each extrusion tip must deposit both materials individually on each layer as required. […]

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Reducing Build Time with Part Orientation

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Which part orientation will build fastest?  Both part are identical in size (left part is 12 x 4 x 4 inches). It is always assumed that 3D printing parts with in the lowest Z-axis height will be the fastest build.  This is not always true; the part geometry is not the only factor to consider.  You must also consider the build process of the 3D printing technology.  For example, FDM technology uses 2 separate extrusion tips for independent support and […]

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