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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Desktop Metal Shop System

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Metal 3D printing has been firmly stuck in the land of highly customized one-off production parts and prototyping, like rocket engine parts. Almost all metal 3D printers can not get anywhere near the speed needed to create mass production parts. But that changes with the capabilities of the Desktop Metal Shop System. This is the first metal binder jetting system designed for the machine shop. The DM Shop System is a powder bed based, inkjet technology that allows for mass […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Blog Series

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 is nearing release and the Computer Aided Technology Technical Team is excited for the next version of SOLIDWORKS. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2021 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Beginning Tuesday, September 22nd, the CATI Technical Team will be starting our 7th annual What’s New Blog Series. The team is planning daily posts covering the new features and functions […]

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Materialize e-Stage

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Materialize e-Stage is a very powerful software that can save you lots of time and money when dealing with SLA/DLP resin 3D printers (like the Stratasys V650 Flex) or sintered metal 3D printers. SLA resin 3D printing is one of the oldest versions of 3D printing and has been around since the early 1980’s. Partly due to this there are some issues that can come up when using this technology, such as the support structures that needs to be generated […]

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Captured Inserts in FDM 3D Prints

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Captured inserts can add functionality, durability, even a pop of color to FDM prints. But it’s important to have a good grasp on the basics before tackling advanced applications. In this series, I’ll cover everything you need to know about building parts with captured inserts, from the basics to advanced toolpath tweaks. Today, we’ll start at the beginning, with how to make your Stratasys FDM machine pause mid-print. All FDM/FFF machines have some ability to pause, and then resume a […]

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My Top Five Features in Stratasys Insight

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Years ago, Stratasys began working on a unified software platform that we now know as GrabCAD print. This is a very powerful slicing engine for 3D printing on most Stratsys printers. Before this, we had several different software packages depending on the printer we bought. One of those was Insight. Insight was used for slicing parts for older “Big Box” machines and some of the newer ones. Today, the F370 as well as the Fortus (F900, F450, etc.) printers can […]

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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, GelMatrix isn’t a selectable material. When hovering over the material, GrabCAD notes that GelMatrix can only be used as a Digital Material. That means GelMatrix cannot be printed on its […]

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How to reduce 3D print build time with Stratasys Insight Part 2

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Using Contours to Save Time With Insight In my previous blog we explored how to save 3D print time by increasing the size of interior toolpaths. While that tip is great for parts with large internal sections it doesn’t help when it comes to parts with lots of thinner walls. When a part consists of a thinner cross-section, the default toolpaths are a back and forth infill that can waste time and efficiency. This blog focuses on a new strategy […]

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Exotic Infill Styles via Insight!

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Infill styles for FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) rarely come up and that’s because there’s not much to talk about, right? Wrong! Sure, in GrabCAD Print we have the classics: Sparse, Sparse Double Dense, Hexagram, High Density, and Solid. They each have their uses and most people know what they do, but are those your only five options? Not even close. With the Insight software (available on F370 and Fortus 3D Printers from Stratasys) you can use a much larger variety […]

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