Pause for Captured Inserts

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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 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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Creating a Core Component from Altair Inspire Cast

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Creating a Core Component from Altair Inspire Cast With the advent of additive and subtractive manufacturing, casting designers are now able to create casting cores quickly and easily. In this blog I will show you a great new feature of Altair Inspire Cast, where you can automatically create casting cores to streamline your casting design process. In this blog we are looking at a hitching mount part that will be gravity cast. The entire casting process can be simulated in […]

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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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Objet 30 Print Head Checks and Replacement

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There will be times when you will need to replace the print head or print heads in your Stratasys Objet 30 printer. If you are having a print quality issue there are a few things you can do to test whether the heads are working properly. The first thing you should do is run a pattern test. You can find the pattern test instructions here  The next thing you should do is try to calibrate the heads by running the […]

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Installing New Hinges on the Stratasys Objet 30 Series

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Over time the hinges on a Stratasys Objet 30 Polyjet 3D Printer can become loose which may make the printer’s lid unable stay open. In order to fix this new hinges can be installed. This can be done as a service visit, but can also be easily done by the customer. Here are the steps for hinge replacement.  Required tools: 3 mm Allen Wrench Flat Head Screwdriver Instructions: There are 8 screws that hold the back panel in place. Depending […]

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Calibrating Your F Series Printer

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Stratasys are requiring a slightly different head calibration procedure than you might be used to with the F123 Series 3D printers(F120, F170, F270, F370). This procedure is now the standard for F series printers and should greatly reduce the message that sometimes pops up on the printer stating “No Material Detected At Head”. Stratasys has begun requiring the manual calibration procedure be done prior to replacing a defective head as they have found that so many users were only performing […]

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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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