Copper Material Deep Dive: Desktop Metal Studio System

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The latest material released for the Desktop Metal Studio System is 99.9% pure copper. Copper has uses in many industries and the customization that comes with additive manufacturing is sure to bring about innovation. The electrical and thermal conductivity of pure copper combined with the design freedom of 3D printing should open up possibilities that were inconceivable in the past. What makes copper special? The two main advantages of copper are its thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. Due to its […]

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3D Printing with Stereolithography

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Stereolithography (SL) is the first Additive Manufacturing technology, patented in 1986.  But just because it is the oldest does not mean there is nothing new, SL remains a viable solution for prototypes, tooling, production, etc. in the 3D Printing world.  Newly introduced is the Stratasys V650 Flex.  The ‘Flex’ in the name truly means that it is giving users more flexibility, Stratasys has unlocked the restrictions to this tried and true technology by allowing customers to use any UV photopolymer […]

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PostProcess: Polyjet Support Removal Made Easier

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PostProcess: Polyjet support removal made easier To all those familiar with Polyjet 3D printing technology – the benefits it offers are abundantly clear. High resolution, high throughput, full-color parts that serve a number of different industries. To those using Polyjet to create incredible printed parts, an issue may eventually arise related to support removal. Whether it is a bottle neck in manpower because your demand has grown rapidly and removing supports from 100 parts is taking much longer than you […]

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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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J750 Digital Anatomy: GelMatrix spotlight

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In my last blog post, I went through some of my first impressions of the new Digital Anatomy Printer from Stratasys. In that blog I mentioned the usefulness of the GelMatrix material. I wanted to go more in depth about the material and show some actual part processing. Within GrabCAD Print, GelMatrix isn’t a selectable material. When hovering over the material, GrabCAD Print notes that GelMatrix can only be used as a Digital Material. That means GelMatrix cannot be printed […]

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Calibrating Your Stratasys F Series 3D Printer for TPU Flexible Filament

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TPU or Thermoplastic Polyurethane is a flexible 3D printer filament available for most of the Stratasys F Series printers.  TPU is an interesting filament with a Shore hardness of 92A. 3D printing TPU is useful for making models of gaskets, seals, dampeners, and any other application where some flex is necessary. Due to the flexible nature of TPU we should keep some things in mind when calibrating our TPU-dedicated print head.  The TPU head is blue compared to the regular […]

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J750 Digital Anatomy: First Impressions

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The CATI office in Bellevue, Washington had their Stratasys J750 Polyjet printer upgraded into the J750 Digital Anatomy printer recently and I thought I would go through some of my first impressions of the machine and its exclusive materials. The Good Physical Accuracy: One of the first part I printed off the machine was a human heart model. I was stunned to see the accuracy of the heart! The model had the Chordae Tendinae, Tricuspid valve, Mitral valve, Aortic valve, […]

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Recycle with Stratasys

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As I visit customer sites, I am amazed at the stacks of empty material spools, cartridges, canisters and containers stacked up and collecting dust from 3D Printing of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and/or PolyJet equipment. Some customers still do not know that Stratasys offers a recycling program for these empty material containers at no shipping cost to the customer. Stratasys will provide you a shipping label to return empty containers Start your recycling process by visiting https://www.stratasys.com/recycling. On the website, […]

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Stratasys Digital Anatomy 3D Printer: Tissue Matrix Deep Dive

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Late last year, we announced the addition of the Digital Anatomy Printer series to our line of Polyjet machine offerings from Stratasys. We have a few great blog posts that tackle this announcement and machine capabilities, specifications, and ideal applications from a high level. Here, I’d like to take the time to focus a bit more on a topic that comes up quite a bit in the field. That is, the concept of the printed micro-structures, or morphologies, that are […]

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Scaling Down 3D Printing Cost

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3D printing prototypes are often intended to meet the requirements of Form, Fit and/or Function. But sometimes only Form is required to verify a shape and Fit or Function are not necessary. For large bulky models, the material cost can be significant as well as build time. Most people are not aware that a 50% scale reduction could save up to 800% material. Let’s investigate this idea. Building a solid cube that is 1x1x1 inches the material usage will obviously […]

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