Choosing a 3D Printer – Why FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

Choosing a 3D Printer – Why FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) Selecting a 3D printer is much like choosing your car. While the initial cost is generally your first criteria, as you explore options, features, safety, reliability, maintenance, etc. your focus often shifts from “cost” to “value”. Value often includes extra or ‘non-tangible’ benefits beyond the physical dollars. Some of the value questions you should be asking about 3D Printers are: Is the technology proven? Is the technology safe? Will the […]

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Fixing a 3D Scan for Printing

SOLIDWORKS, 3D Printing, and 3D Scanning really are complementary technologies.  We’ve been printing files that were exported from SOLIDWORKS for years.  Like most mature CAD packages, SOLIDWORKS does an awesome job on exporting STL files. See this post for a recommendation on export settings from SOLIDWORKS.  Depending on part geometry, the workflow from Scan to Print may require a few extra steps.    During a scan, we might end up with a few holes that will need to be filled.  […]

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F123 Series 3D Printers Touchscreen Calibration

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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GrabCad Print Updates V1.8 and 1.9

GrabCad users know that every time you open the program it will automatically search for updates. But if you run this on a machine that doesn’t get shut down often you may be behind on a few key recent updates. Update 1.8 came out in July and 1.9 was released this week. If you have a large format Fortus printer you will want to get these recent releases. The biggest jump for both of these releases are the integration of support […]

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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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Obtaining a .CFG file from a Stratasys FDM Printer

When contacting your local reseller for issues with your Stratasys FDM printer we recommend sending the .CFG file.  The .CFG file is a log file that contains all the machines information. It is very detailed and can greatly assist with troubleshooting machines. The files contain information about temperatures, calibrations, printing material and error codes.  These files can be obtained through either Catalyst or Insight (control center) print software.  In both programs, it’s located under the services tab then “export configuration” […]

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Discovering your 3D Printer’s Capabilities – Part 3

This is the last of a brief series on understanding the capabilities and limitations of your 3D Printer. When you know what your machine can achieve, it can be applied to significantly aid your part design as well as throughput and quality. In part 1 of this series, we discussed how structural supports are dependent on 3 variables; technology, material and layer thickness. We showed how some overhangs can be built in FDM without a support structure. See Discovering your […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: How Additive Manufacturing Will Change the Way We Think About Design

Additive Manufacturing and The Way We Think About Design     As 3D printing has become more and more mainstream, the traditional resource and skills barriers for manufacturing are all but vanishing. This trend is changing the very face of design.   For the first time, producing complex products is no more difficult, expensive, or time consuming than making simpler objects. 3D printing a block with holes, notches, and rounded edges is as approachable as printing a solid block once […]

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Stratasys Insight 11.1 Enhancements

Each new Insight software release contains new features, reliability improvements, and part quality improvements. This update contains fewer enhancements than previous releases, however, the enhancements we get are definitely very exciting. Most importantly, we see a new machine added to the list of supported printers as well as the addition of a new material. Keep reading for the enhancements! Stratasys F370 Printer – Added the new Stratasys F370 printer which brings high performance and multiple materials to the office printing environment. […]

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Pedal to the Metal: 3D printing with Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal 3D printers are the latest addition to our lineup of best-in-class product development solutions. This groundbreaking line of metal 3D printers finally provides a solution to the limitations seen with other metal 3D printers currently on the market—limitations in speed, materials, and accessibility. We’re happy to provide 3D metal printing solutions with Desktop Metal that are quick, affordable, and offer a variety of materials, such as steel, aluminum, titanium, and copper.   There’s been a lot of buzz […]

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