Dimension Printers Available at Reduced Price

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While I realize that its usually us gals who enjoy a decent sale, I can’t help but to believe that all of you will take some serious interest in the following. Last week Dimension announced that they have several Demo/Tradeshow units now available at a significantly reduced price. (Imagine Black Friday one month early and only for printers.) How significant you ask? Significant enough to get this girl excited and in this economy that’s saying a lot. Right now you […]

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The uPrint is Go

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So, I took advantage of the “Cash for Clunkers” deal and purchased a new Honda Fit.(Sorry, I’ve been loyal to Honda ever since I worked for one of their suppliers).Anyways, I traded in my 99 Ford Explorer for a pretty small hatchback that’s been averaging almost 40mpg on the highway.Its first true test came when we had to relocate one of our 3D printers – the uPrint.Below is a photo of the results… It fit in the Fit (thanks to […]

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Explaining Catalyst EX build properties

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CatalystEX allows you to take full control of how to build your part. The Properties window is accessed from the General Tab. Layer resolution – height of each layer of material extruded to produce a part. Available resolutions are based on printer type. .007 inch (.178 mm) Elite Only .010 inch (.254 mm) Elite, 1200, and uPrint .013 inch (.330 mm) 1200 Only Resolution will effect build time and surface finish – A shorter height creates a smoother finish, but […]

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Differences between uPrint and Dimension 3D printers

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The most noticeable difference, other than price, between the uPrint and Dimension printers is the size. The uPrint’s build envelope measures 8″x6″x6″, the Dimension Elite measures 8″x8″x12″, and the 1200es measures 10″x10″x12″. Dimension noticed that 80% of the parts printed on Dimension machines fit inside this smaller envelope size. The smaller build envelope also means that the machine can heat up to the 77 degrees Celsius required for modeling faster. The uPrint only offers one layer resolution .010. The means that […]

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Alaris 3D Printer Unveiled at Pack Expo

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CATI unveiled the new Alaris30 3D printer manufactured by Objet Geometries at the 2008 Pack Expo show in Chicago to great reviews by attendees.  Throughout the five day exhibition the printer was building parts during show hours and it was fun to watch people stop in their tracks to get a closer look.  The reaction reminded me of the good 'ol days when stereolithography was first introduced and people crowded around to look at this "new" technology.  On more than […]

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3D Printing takes another step forward

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I was told this morning that CATI is now partnered with Objet to sell their new Alaris30 Desktop 3D  Printer.  I started doing my research and this stuff is outstanding!! This small desktop sized printer is capable of delivering very high resolution parts at high speed to get detailed parts quickly that can be used effectively for testing form and function. The most exciting aspect of this, for me at least, is the ability to  generate that very fine detail […]

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Does your VRML file look jagged?

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With the increasing popularity and interest in rapid prototyping, one of the file formats used for the ZCorp printer is VRML.  This file type allows us to print our parts with color, but when you save the part file there is no options to control the quatlity of the file.  This is actually controled by the image quality setting in SOLIDWORKS system options under the document properties.  The higher the image quality the smoother the lines.  Therefore, next time you […]

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