Importing SOLIDWORKS 2019 files into GrabCAD Print 1.25

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With the latest release of SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP1, you may have experienced an error when importing your .SLDPRT file directly into GradCAD Print 1.25.  While the developers of GrabCAD Print have committed to resolve this issue in their 1.27 release, in the meantime saving your SLDPRT file in the .STL (Surface Tessellated Language) file format will let you continue using GrabCAD Print for your 3D Printing needs. Here is a brief reminder for converting your 3D drawing to the STL […]

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GrabCad 1.25 Release

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GrabCAD Print version 1.25, January 2019 Build number 1.25.17.47934 released on 4 January 2019 The per-machine installer which was released for beta testing in 1.16 is now generally available from print.grabcad.com. In addition to being much more stable than the current per-user installer, it allows for deployment at schools and enterprise organizations by IT system admins. For more information and instructions on switching over, read our help article. OBJ and VRML files with self-intersections, water tightness / open faces issues, and inverted […]

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Polyjet Desktop Flush/Fill Wizard

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Using the Material Flush/Fill wizard before and after an extended period of inactivity (more than one week) ensures proper printer maintenance and quality printing. Each time you run the wizard you select one of the following processes: Draining printing materials and flushing the system with cleaning fluid Use this process to prepare the printer for a shutdown of more than one week. This process takes about 60 minutes and requires four (4) cleaning-fluid cartridges in the materials drawer. Filling the […]

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3D Scanning: Using a Work In Progress (WIP) Model with a Roland CNC

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Creaform 3D Scanners can be used for many more things beyond quality control/inspection of parts or reverse engineering existing parts. With more uses comes less downtime on your Creaform scanner resulting in a better return on investment. One of the less prominent areas you can use your scanner for is to make a ‘Work In Progress’ (WIP) model for use with CNC machining. Sometimes when machining you will have a part that is part way machined from the stock but not […]

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Stratasys F123 Series: PLA Tips and Tricks

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These tips and tricks are designed to help you create better, more stable parts using PLA materials on the Stratasys F123 Series printers. If you are going to use PLA materials you will need to install a PLA head and a cooling module in the printer. The instructions for installing the PLA head and cooling module can be found here: https://www.cati.com/blog/2018/08/pla-plastic-replacing-pla-head-f123-series-printer/ Part Design Thin-walled parts are not optimal with the use of PLA, especially ones that only get a single contour […]

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Getting Started with GrabCAD – Advance FDM Mode

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Introduction to Lesson 1: As you know GrabCAD has a lot of great features; smart default setting, animated slice previews, importing CAD files, organized print queues and tracking material levels to name a few. But when that very troublesome STL file came along that just would not print right, there was Insight. Insight gives the user layer by layer toolpath control, automatically splitting tool paths with unique geometries to be assembled and other abilities beyond your imagination. But as you would […]

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Testing 17-4 ph Stainless Steel from Desktop Metal

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Out of my own curiosity, I wanted to see how our printed stainless steel compared to common production stainless steel like 304. I took a few samples to a friends shop and talked about what I wanted to do and off we went. First, 304 is probably one of the most common general use steels made and used in industry. 17-4 is a bit more specialized but its most sought-after features are its high strength and corrosion resistance. This is […]

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Roland Desktop Mills: Preventing Spindle Overcurrent Error

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A spindle overcurrent error is a safety feature built into the Roland Desktop Mills. This feature shuts off milling operations when the stress on the spindle becomes too high, protecting the spindle from damage. The key to preventing spindle overcurrent errors is to reduce the load on the spindle during operation. There are many things that can cause extra stress on the spindle, so here I will go through some of the more common ones. Things to consider before beginning: […]

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GradCAD release notes 1.24

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Note for PolyJet users: Please update the Job Manager from the Printer Settings screen. More info. Interested in trying new features of GrabCAD Print before they are released? You can test the latest version of GrabCAD Print in your environment as part of the  Early Visibility Program. GrabCAD Print version 1.24, November 2018 Build number 1.24.15.46944 released on 20 November 2018 GrabCAD Print Advanced FDM provides a powerful yet intuitive toolset to obtain desired part characteristics by automatically controlling FDM build attributes.  By assigning attributes […]

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Stratasys F123 Series Tip Wipe Assemblies

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It is important to keep the tip wipe assemblies in your Stratasys F Series printer working properly. If the tip wipe assemblies are not cleaning the tips properly, bad print results can occur. The tip wipe assemblies should be checked and cleaned on a monthly basis or anytime you are having print quality issues that may be related to a print head. You should also check the tip wipe assembly any time you notice that material stays stuck to the […]

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