3D PRINTING

F123 Spotlight: How to use Draft Mode to Reduce Material Usage and Print Faster

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The Stratasys F123 line-up of printers have proved to be some of the easiest and most reliable FDM printers on the market. One feature on these printers that doesn’t get much spotlight is their ability to print in “Draft Mode”. Curious about the differences of draft mode, I ran some tests. What is Draft Mode? Draft Mode is a setting within the Tray Settings tab of GrabCAD Print. Selecting Draft Mode will change many parameters within GrabCAD Print that result […]

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Unlock Arrangement Options on your J55

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With the latest update to GrabCAD Print (version 1.51), the template for the new Stratasys J5 DentaJet was added to the software. The J5 DentaJet brings many improvements to the Stratasys Dental lineup and takes advantage of the revolutionary benefits of the J55 platform, including its rotating build tray. With a little workaround, some of these improvements can be used on the J55 to increase print efficiency.   Most Polyjet printers simply have an “arrange this tray” option that forces […]

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Easy Inserts in GrabCAD

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Using GrabCAD’s Insert function to save time modelling. When it comes to 3D printing assemblies, we can make our parts stronger and more durable if we include mechanical hardware. Combining prints with screws, inserts and fasteners we can achieve exactly the part we need with capabilities that go beyond 3D printing alone. In this blog I will be going through some tips and tricks on installing heat set inserts to your prints. While it is possible to thread bare plastic, […]

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Minimizing Support Removal Time with DfAM for FDM

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Minimizing Support Removal Time with DfAM for FDM Soluble support material is a feature unique to Additive Manufacturing and is responsible for enabling the seamless printing of organic geometries and build parts. In contrast to the many possibilities that soluble support material opens up, it also has downsides, particularly in Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printing. In FDM printing, soluble support material is notorious for increasing build times, the material cost of the part, and the amount of time dedicated to […]

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Visualizing Polyjet Build Volumes

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Visualizing size is a difficult skill. Describing something as the width of a human hair or a grain of rice is easy enough, but when you get larger than a baseball size can start to get arbitrary. The size of a banana or an apple can vary wildly, making them ill suited for describing the scale of an object. Visualizing volumes of empty space with only a few dimensions is even more difficult. Unfortunately, that’s how the build volumes of […]

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How to set up an Objet host computer

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Your host computer has crashed. You have installed windows on a new HD or PC and need to setup your Objet software. The older V2 printers are simple. Using a KVM switch to go back and forth from screen to screen. For these, you only focus on the quick tips to connect via IP address. V3+ Printers use Remote Access and you will use the Host computer to gain access to the printer. Doing all this is pretty simple, but […]

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Creating a Direct Connection to a Stratasys 3D Printer

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In the case that your network is down, or you are otherwise unable to connect to your 3D printer remotely, you can establish a direct 1 to 1 connection with the printer using your computer. You’ll need a crossover cable, which you’ll connect directly between the printer’s Ethernet port and your computer’s port. After that you’ll need to adjust the IP settings of either the printer, the computer, or both. Stratasys printers can change the IP address through the maintenance […]

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How to retrieve a Configuration File on an F Series Printer using a USB.

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How do I retrieve the configuration file on a Stratasys F123 Series printer using a USB? Many 3D printer operators prefer to run their F Series printers in an offline mode and not keep the printer on a network. There are a few different settings on the printers that make running the printer in offline mode possible. This guide outlines how to retrieve the configuration file from the printer without it being on a network. One thing to note is […]

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Polyjet Motherboard… Where are you?

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There may come a time that your Stratasys Polyjet 3D printer’s embedded computer blinks its final LED and it just won’t turn on. Don’t worry, that’s where we come in. If this ever happens to you there are some steps that you can take before giving us a call. First and foremost, have your Serial Number ready. You can find this on the back side of your printer down by the power cord. Next you will need to remove the […]

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How to Reduce 3D Print Build Time Part 3: Model Material as Support

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FDM Model Material as Support When it’s down to the wire, often reducing a parts build time is critical with 3D printing. Just in time manufacturing sometimes is just that, and shaving every minute out of a build can be the difference. In previous blogs we have explored the topics of reducing build time by changing raster and contour properties, in this blog we will be talking about using model material as support. With all Stratasys FDM printers 2 dis-similar […]

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