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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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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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What to do When Material is Stuck in Head of a Stratasys Dimension 1200 ES

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Occasionally model or support filament can get stuck in an FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printer head because the tip of the material strand expanded and is too large for it to back out of the head. Below is a guide to removing that filament from a Stratasys Dimension 3D printer. First, use the LCD display to put the machine into “Head Maintenance” mode. From “Idle”, press “Maintenance” then press, “Machine.” If the printer is not fully warmed up it may […]

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Fortus 380mc & 450mc Shutdown Procedure

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Stratasys FDM thermoplastic materials will maintain proper product performance over an extended period of time when handled and stored according to recommended procedures. Like other thermoplastics, the filament within canisters can absorb moisture when exposed to ambient humidity. Stratasys canisters are designed to minimize moisture exposure while unopened and opened. When a canister’s filament absorbs moisture, a finished part’s surface quality, seam quality and overall part aesthetics can be affected. Care should be taken to ensure filament remains dry by […]

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Changing Material Colors for FDM 3D Printers | A Tip from a Tech

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Stratasys FDM 3D Printers like the F900 and those in the F123 Series can print a variety of colors in ABS and ASA. Swapping between colors of the same material is a fairly simple process since the printer doesn’t require a tip change or recalibration – just unload the old material and reload the new one. However, depending on what color is being swapped out, it may be necessary to perform an extra purge from the tip in order to […]

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3D Printing Best Practices: TPU Material (Part 2)

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The newly released TPU 92A material from Stratasys for their F123 series 3D printers is a great addition to the FDM family of materials. TPU material is an elastomer, meaning it lets your produce flexible and elastic parts – opening new doors for prototyping with FDM technology. TPU is best suited for applications such as overmolds, seals, hinges, and gripper pads. To print with TPU material, all that’s required is a simple software upgrade, a small component upgrade, and a […]

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Best Practices for Using TPU 3D Printing Material (Part 1)

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In November 2018, Stratasys announced a new breakthrough TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomer) material for their F123 Series FDM line of 3D printers. TPU92A is a Fused Deposition Modeling material with a 92 shore value and prints in 0.010”. TPU 3D printing material is excellent for applications like tubing, ducts, hoses, seals, gaskets, and protective covers. However, to get optimal results, like any specialty material, there are some specific precautions to take before you start printing your applications. Let’s take a […]

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The Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition: Industrial 3D Printer at an Affordable Price

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3D printers have been integrated into workflows and onto factory floors to cut down on lead times and save on costs. But anyone who has 3D printed for tough applications knows the initial investment in a 3D printer can be expensive. Tough applications need to produce prototypes, parts, and tooling that are reliable and strong, but this dependability and accuracy don’t come cheap. Luckily, 3D printing company Stratasys has corrected this issue with an affordable carbon fiber 3D printer: the […]

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Introducing Breakthrough TPU Material: Stratasys TPU 92A

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Traditional elastomer prototyping options such as non-FDM or FFF ( Fused Filament Fabrication) additive manufacturing isn’t always ideal. These methods often offer high-cost, limited geometries, can take up to one week, and can’t always create complex geometries. Non-FDM additive manufacturing solutions also offer limited build sizes, higher total part costs, and usually, require an external service bureau. Lower priced options like FFF additive manufacturing have labor-intensive support removal, poor support interface surfaces, and limited part complexity. Although the price may […]

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AUTOMAT3D: 3D Printing Support Material Software by PostProcess Technologies

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Since the inception of 3D printing, there have been phenomenal, albeit incremental innovations and improvements with virtually every step of the manufacturing workflow. Part Design has Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) procedures and Generative Design, Pre-Printing setup has software like GrabCAD (part slicing/scheduling/monitoring), and the machines themselves have incrementally increased material catalogs, speed, resolution, and repeatability since their inception. However, some of you may have realized that there has surprisingly been a lack of innovation in one important facet of […]

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