The Revolutionary J55 3D Printer From Stratasys

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This summer saw the release of a completely new printer platform from Stratasys, the J55. It has been designed from the ground up to be the first office-friendly, full color 3D printer. It does this in a number of ways: The revolutionary (pun intended) build tray spins so that the print head only needs to move in one direction as opposed to the two of most other printers. This reduces the noise from motors moving the print head as well as […]

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Exotic Infill Styles via Insight!

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Infill styles for FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) rarely come up and that’s because there’s not much to talk about, right? Wrong! Sure, in GrabCAD Print we have the classics: Sparse, Sparse Double Dense, Hexagram, High Density, and Solid. They each have their uses and most people know what they do, but are those your only five options? Not even close. With the Insight software (available on F370 and Fortus 3D Printers from Stratasys) you can use a much larger variety […]

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Using Stratasys Insight’s Offset Tool to Improve 3D Printed Text

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Text is extremely common on manufactured parts for instructional purposes, warnings, or simply labeling purposes. Sometimes the text is painted on or placed with a sticker but very often the parts have text built into the part itself. Sometimes when you try to print a part with integral text either raised out of the part or carved into the part, FDM printers can have trouble accurately recreating the text geometry. This occurs when the path of the text is too […]

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3D Scanning Basics: Merging Scans

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Welcome back! So you’ve definitely read my other posts and know the basics of what 3D scanners do and how to get around the need for targeting parts if they’re too small, have too many curved surfaces or features, or you have a large amount of parts so you’ve set up a fixture to help expedite the scanning process. Awesome! Except there’s one big problem to scanning a stationary object without targets on the part which VXelements luckily has a […]

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How to Use Older Versions of SOLIDWORKS with VXelements

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YOU! You like to be on the cutting edge of technology in your industry, right? RIGHT! That’s why you have a Creaform 3D scanner and SOLIDWORKS. (Or you’re interested and that’s why you’re reading our amazing blogs.) However, being on the bleeding edge of technology can cause some confusion sometimes and that’s okay! For instance: because you’re such a trailblazer you definitely have SOLIDWORKS 2020 on your computer but there might be some small bugs here and there when using […]

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3D Scanner Basics: Alternatives to Targeting Parts

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During my time working with CATI and Creaform 3D scanners, I have received many different iterations of the same question over and over. Something along the lines of: “Do you need targets on the part?” or “What are those stickers? Do we need those?” For the HandySCAN and Go!SCAN, there is an easy answer. YES! … But there is some wiggle room if you’re resourceful. First, a little explanation about the targets. Basically, they’re small stickers (or magnets) with a […]

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3D Scanner Basics: Reverse Engineering and Inspection

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Welcome to Part Two of a short series of posts about the basics of 3D scanners. Part One talks about what 3D scanners are and how they work. What are they used for? Maybe the previous article piqued your interest or maybe you already knew about 3D scanners but weren’t sure how they would be used in your operation. This article will go through the two main uses of 3D scanners and compare them to other common technologies in these […]

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3D Scanner Basics

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What are 3D scanners? Simply put, 3D scanners are devices that are used to take real-world, tangible objects and transfer their geometry into computer data. They provide an alternative measurement method to options such as hand measurements that are slow and unreliable or using a CMM (coordinate-measuring machine) which are slow and require you to move your part to a lab and place it in a special fixture. Our 3D scanners don’t require any hard setup of the part nor […]

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