Installing your Stratasys J55 Build Tray

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INSTALLING YOUR STRATASYS J55 BUILD TRAY So you got yourself one of the brand new Stratasys J55 full color 3D printers. One of the many impressive features it has is the build tray size to printer footprint ratio. Today I will cover installation of the build tray into the printer. First open the printer door and locate the build tray turntable. There is a securing nut that is located in the center. Find the dedicated build tray wrench located in […]

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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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Creating Custom Fixtures with 3D Printing

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Creating custom machining and assembly fixtures is often a costly and time-consuming process. Using 3D printing, custom fixtures can be created in a fraction of the time at a cost that is justifiable for short run parts and one-offs. To demonstrate this, I have this scaled model for an engine cover. This shape is highly complex and cutting this from modeling foam can be a challenge because of the materials brittle nature.  Because of the constraints of the machine I […]

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Desktop Metal 3D Printing Process – Debinding

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In the last post we went over how the Desktop Metal 3D printing process can print larger parts than can be made with the metal injection molding (MIM) method. This is due to the ability of it to print parts with a hollow infill and how the debinding process works.   Before the parts can move onto to the furnace to be sintered, they need to have to binding agents removed from them. This is done in a liquid chemical […]

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Stratasys J55 Solution Guide

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­­­­­­The J55 is the latest in a long line of Polyjet printers in the Stratasys family. With a revolving printing platform, this printer marks a change that promises to revolutionize the industry. To get a sense for how, looking at the similarities and differences helps to comprehend the capabilities of the J55. For an overview of the printer, check out one of our previous blog posts. Circular Build Platform The most defining characteristic of the J55 is the circular build […]

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Recycle with Stratasys

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As I visit customer sites, I am amazed at the stacks of empty material spools, cartridges, canisters and containers stacked up and collecting dust from 3D Printing of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and/or PolyJet equipment. Some customers still do not know that Stratasys offers a recycling program for these empty material containers at no shipping cost to the customer. Stratasys will provide you a shipping label to return empty containers Start your recycling process by visiting https://www.stratasys.com/recycling. On the website, […]

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Stratasys Digital Anatomy 3D Printer: Tissue Matrix Deep Dive

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Late last year, we announced the addition of the Digital Anatomy Printer series to our line of Polyjet machine offerings from Stratasys. We have a few great blog posts that tackle this announcement and machine capabilities, specifications, and ideal applications from a high level. Here, I’d like to take the time to focus a bit more on a topic that comes up quite a bit in the field. That is, the concept of the printed micro-structures, or morphologies, that are […]

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Using Stratasys Insight’s Offset Tool to Improve 3D Printed Text

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Text is extremely common on manufactured parts for instructional purposes, warnings, or simply labeling purposes. Sometimes the text is painted on or placed with a sticker but very often the parts have text built into the part itself. Sometimes when you try to print a part with integral text either raised out of the part or carved into the part, FDM printers can have trouble accurately recreating the text geometry. This occurs when the path of the text is too […]

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Scaling Down 3D Printing Cost

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3D printing prototypes are often intended to meet the requirements of Form, Fit and/or Function. But sometimes only Form is required to verify a shape and Fit or Function are not necessary. For large bulky models, the material cost can be significant as well as build time. Most people are not aware that a 50% scale reduction could save up to 800% material. Let’s investigate this idea. Building a solid cube that is 1x1x1 inches the material usage will obviously […]

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