How to Update the Firmware on Your Stratasys F123 Series Printer

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It is very important to keep the firmware up to date on your printers. To update the firmware on your Stratasys F123 Series printers follow these steps. First, put the printer into Upgrade Mode: Press the Tools Icon on the screen     2. Press the Maintenance Icon   3.  Press Update Software   The printer will show the Waiting for Upgrade File screen   Open GrabCad Print and select your printer by pressing the arrow to the left of […]

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Stratasys F123 Series: PLA Tips and Tricks

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These tips and tricks are designed to help you create better, more stable parts using PLA materials on the Stratasys F123 Series printers. If you are going to use PLA materials you will need to install a PLA head and a cooling module in the printer. The instructions for installing the PLA head and cooling module can be found here: https://www.cati.com/blog/2018/08/pla-plastic-replacing-pla-head-f123-series-printer/ Part Design Thin-walled parts are not optimal with the use of PLA, especially ones that only get a single contour […]

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Stratasys F123 Series Tip Wipe Assemblies

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It is important to keep the tip wipe assemblies in your Stratasys F Series printer working properly. If the tip wipe assemblies are not cleaning the tips properly, bad print results can occur. The tip wipe assemblies should be checked and cleaned on a monthly basis or anytime you are having print quality issues that may be related to a print head. You should also check the tip wipe assembly any time you notice that material stays stuck to the […]

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Material Storage and Handling FDM Printers

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Stratasys offers a wide array of FDM Thermoplastic materials: ABS-ESD7, ABSi, ABS-M30, ABS-M30i, ABSplus, Antero 800NA, ASA, FDM Nylon 12, FDM Nylon 6, Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber, PC, PC-ABS, PC-ISO, PLA, PPSF, ST-130, ULTEM 1010, ULTEM 9085, and ULTEM 9085 Certified. A full list of the FDM Material’s properties can be found here: View FDM Material Properties Alternatively, you can find brief overviews of these materials below: Material Documents: FDM Materials Overview Material Safety Data Sheets Fortus Systems & Material Overview Recycling […]

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Material Storage and Handling for PolyJet Printers and Material Safety Data Sheets

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Material Storage Model and Support material for Polyjet printers should be stored indoors in a dry area with adequate ventilation. They should be stored at a temperature between 59 to 77 degrees. Never expose these materials to heat, sparks, flames or direct sunlight. When exposed to heat or flames the cartridges may burst or ignite. Keep the materials away from areas where food or drinks will be stored, prepared or consumed. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling […]

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F123 Head Change and Calibration

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You will need to replace a print head in your F123 series printer if any of the following issues exist: There is a loss of extrusion caused by a clogged tip and you are unable to recover from the loss of extrusion. You are unable to load material into the head and you cannot unclog the tip You are having an issue with print quality or parts adhering to the tray and it has been determined that the issue is […]

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Stratasys FDM Printer Routine Maintenance

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Stratasys FDM Printer Routine Maintenance In order to keep your Stratasys FDM printer running smoothly there are some routine maintenance procedures that must be done. Here are some steps you can take to keep your printer working properly. Daily Maintenance Purge Bucket  On a daily basis you should empty the purge bucket. The F123 Series printers do not have a purge bucket so cleaning out or vacuuming the chamber will remove all the purge material from the printer. I will […]

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F123 Series 3D Printers Touchscreen Calibration

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At some point you may need to calibrate the touchscreen on your F123 Series Printer. It is recommended that you use a stylus for this procedure or a pencil eraser if a stylus is not available. Extreme care should be taken when running the calibration as it could cause button inaccuracies and may make the panel unusable. However, there is a way to recover from this as I will explain later. If you are able to use the touchscreen but the touch […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Wiper Position Adjustment Objet Desktop Printers

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Wiper Position Adjustment in Stratasys Objet Desktop Printers   In Stratasys 3D Printing, the wiper position adjustment sets the wiper service position and the wipe position.   This procedure should be performed whenever the wiper mechanism is replaced. It does not need to be performed when the wiper blade is replaced.   To do this procedure, you will need to be in Maintenance Mode. To get into Maintenance mode, move the mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Objet Idle Mode and Shut Down Procedures

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Keeping the Printer in Idle Mode or Shutting Down   Between printing jobs, the Objet printer can be left unused for several days. If the printer will not be used for up to a week, use the Shutdown wizard to automatically perform the procedures that must be done before turning off the printer (see “Shutting Down the Printer”, below).   When the printer stops producing models, the printer software automatically reduces the temperature of the print heads as follows:   […]

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