Print Large Parts

Print Large Parts Print large parts from you’re 3D Printers! That is to say, print sections of your large parts and assemble them together after the fact. If you have investigated 3D printers recently you will notice a pretty direct correlation between price and the build chamber size of the machine. Stratasys machines are no exception with the cheapest commercial grade printer by Stratasys having a 5”X5”X5” build chamber. The largest of the Stratasys printers has a 3ftX2ftX3ft build chamber, […]

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Creaform 3D Scanning Tips

Creaform 3D Scanning Tips The Creaform handheld 3d scanners are very easy to use and acquire data very quickly. In fact, the scanners are so easy to use with their ability to self-position in relation to the parts being scanned that you can just hold the part in one hand and the scanner in the other to create the entire mesh of the part. With that being said, it does come down to what you are trying to get out […]

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Polyjet’s Superior Surface Finish

Polyjet’s Superior Surface Finish Stratasys has two main technologies under its umbrella and each has its own advantages, Polyjet and FDM. Depending on what you need from your prototype, or end use part, you can narrow down which technology you might need. Let’s say you are looking for a nice aesthetic part to emulate the end product. This could be for showing investors what you will be making or to convey ideas to the sales team or even for the […]

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Advantages of Polyjet Printing Technology

Advantages of Polyjet Printing Technology Polyjet 3D Printing is a form of rapid prototyping that makes beautiful 3D models and parts in a large array of materials and colors and properties. This technology works in a similar way to 2D inkjet printing. The materials are photopolymers and all start as a liquid. The liquid is printed down through print heads onto the build tray. This is a thin cross section of the parts that will be printed in each pass. […]

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Creaform 3D Scanning: How to Scan the Human Body With the GoScan50

How to Scan the Human Body With the Creaform GoScan50 Creaform has an impressive range of handheld 3D Scanners that can record hundreds of thousands of points of data every second with up to 30 micron accuracy, but how would we go about scanning the human body? The high accuracy and tracking targets are great for scanning large objects to perform high accuracy inspections and for reverse engineering, but you don’t really need that kind of accuracy for the human […]

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Reverse Engineering with Creaform and SOLIDWORKS

Reverse Engineering with Creaform and SOLIDWORKS The hand held Creaform 3D scanners are a great addition to your Inspection lab to speed up bottlenecks and get more info quicker on your parts, but they can also be used for quick and effective reverse engineering. Once we have all of this scanned data acquired, we can use the VXElements software to extract all of the useful information we might need to build up a new part or a variation of the […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Simplifying the 3D Printing Process with GrabCAD Print

Simplifying the 3D Printing Process with GrabCAD Print   GrabCAD Print has been partnered with Stratasys make the entire process smoother from start to finish to managing everything in between. Even monitoring and reporting the usage of all the printers in the office too.     For as long as 3D printing has been around you have always needed to convert your CAD file into a STL file to be able to process and print it. It has always been […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: F123’s New Calibration Part

NEW FDM F123 Calibration Part   The new line of FDM machines but Stratasys, the F123 series, is out and it has even more upgrades than you can shake a stick at. One of those is the new Calibration Part for the new Print Heads. It uses less material, is larger, and is easier to read.     If your not familiar with the old FDM calibration part it looked like this.     It worked well but there were […]

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3D Printing: What to Print with Your New Makerbot

What to Print with Your New Makerbot   Let’s say you’re one of the lucky people who got a new MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D Printer for Christmas. Now what do you do with it? You have seen all the amazing things people have been creating with them and you’re wondering where to start. You probably know a bit about how to try and make your own STL models from scratch using a CAD program, but if you’re not lucky enough […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Accuracy of Stratasys FDM vs. Hobbiest FDM Machines

Accuracy of Stratasys FDM vs. Hobbiest FDM Machines   What is the actual difference between Stratasys FDM machines and hobbiest FDM Printers?   There are so many FDM machines out there on the market today that utilize FDM technology and it can be hard to distinguish between them. Parts off one machine can look just as good as parts off a different one. But one of the main things to take into consideration is Reliability and Repeatability. If you are […]

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