Desktop Metal – Studio 3D Printer

The Studio Printer is getting closer to release and we’ve been getting a lot of questions on how it operates and compares to other metal printers currently on the market. Here’s a little bit of a deeper dive into the Studio Printer.   The Studio will print material using a method called Bound Metal Deposition (BMD). The concept is very similar to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in that we are extruding material through a heated tip and drawing out each […]

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CREAFORM 3D Scanning: Tips & Tricks – Scan-to-Print on the New Stratasys F123 Series

Scan-to-Print on the New Stratasys F123 Series   As part of our CREAFORM blog blast, I’ll be talking about how to use a HandyScan 700 in conjunction with a new Stratasys F370 to get a printed replica of an existing part in just a few hours!   A lot of times, designers want to take an existing object or mockup, and bring it into a digital environment where they can make modifications. Often times, we aren’t looking for an in-depth […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: New FDM Nylon 12CF

Stratasys Releases New FDM Nylon 12CF   Stratasys recently introduced a great addition to their FDM Nylon family by announcing FDM Nylon 12CF, with CF standing for Carbon-Filled. Nylon 12CF allows users to print high-performance parts with superior stiffness-to-weight ratio. This opens up the door to even more opportunities to replace metal tooling with stronger, printed plastic parts. Some of these opportunities include applications such as end-of-arm-tooling, metal forming, bracketry, jigs and fixtures, and drill guides.     Nylon 12CF […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: GrabCAD Print Reports for Stratasys FDM 3D Printers

GrabCAD Print Reports for Stratasys FDM 3D Printers   GrabCAD Print continues to impress with their latest features. Users are now able to track printer metrics such as material usage and printer utilization of their Stratasys printers in one place all from the internet. For those with multiple machines, it can be tedious to log things like material usage and printer up-time. Using the new GrabCAD Print reporting feature, it is now possible to get daily usage metrics to keep […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Nylon 12 vs. the New Nylon 6 – FDM Printers

Nylon 12 vs. the New Nylon 6 – FDM Printers   As some of you may have heard, Stratasys recently released a new FDM material: Nylon 6. Well doesn’t Stratasys already have a Nylon material? Yes, but the new Nylon 6 is a different formulation of Nylon meant for different applications. Here are some of the main differences:     Nylon is a very widely used thermoplastic in manufacturing. There are many different formulations with different mechanical and thermal properties. […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: GrabCAD Print Workflow

GrabCAD Print Workflow for Stratasys 3D Printers   Stratasys has recently released a piece of software called GrabCAD Print, which can essentially replace Catalyst (for uPrint and Dimension users). Down the road, the plan is to add Insight (for Fortus users) capabilities as well. This way, instead of processing files using a different software for each machine, everything can be accomplished with GrabCAD Print.   Here are the basics of the GrabCAD Print workflow:   First, we can choose our […]

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Stratasys J750: Color Selection and Texture Mapping in Polyjet Studio

If you already own, or are currently looking at purchasing a new Stratasys J750, you are aware that Stratasys’ newest Polyjet printer is now able to print in full color due to six material bays. This great new feature allows for greater product realism and more opportunities for combining materials. Today we will be talking about how to apply custom colors and texture maps to your parts in the new Polyjet Studio. Polyjet studio has roughly the same functionality as […]

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Exporting STL files from SOLIDWORKS for 3D Printing

Correctly converting CAD files into STL files is very important in order to print accurate parts. An STL file is a triangulated approximation of a 3D CAD model. The amount of triangulation in the STL file will effect how faceted the surface of the part appears once printed. Too few triangles, and a circle becomes a stop sign. The level of triangulation, and effectively the amount of faceting, can be controlled during the CAD export to STL. Just as it […]

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Better Transparency for Stratasys VeroClear Parts

If you're currently printing in VeroClear, you might have noticed that the parts that come off of the printer are sometimes more translucent than transparent. This is especially true for the areas that interface the support material, or the Matte finish areas. This part was printed in Matte finish and is pictured here right after support was removed. As you can see, the logo is rather hazy underneath the part.   Luckily, it doesn't take a lot of work to […]

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Stratasys FDM Bonding – Hot Air Welding

Due to the size constraints of FDM systems, it is sometimes necessary to build larger parts in multiple pieces and then join them together as part of the post processing procedure. In this article we will introduce a lesser used, but highly effective method for joining parts – Hot air welding. Hot air welding is achieved by using a hot air plastic welder to simultaneously melt the 2 pieces you are trying to join AND a piece of filament that […]

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