Sacrificial Tooling 101 – Part 1

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It’s known that a simple material inversion in Insight can give you some pretty unique and powerful results in your print. This is definitely the key to a few of the more advanced applications we can achieve on FDM. The purpose of material inversion is fairly simple. Essentially, you’re simply flipping the model and support material toolpaths on your piece so that model prints where support would be and vice versa. The power of this, inherently, is now you have […]

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Desktop Metal: X/Y Calibration

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The X/Y Calibration on a Desktop Metal 3D Printer is intended to calibrate the offset between the metal and interface extruders. The process consists of printing a series of metal lines and then printing interface atop those metal lines. The user then visually inspects the location of the interface lines and enters the found values to the user interface screen on the printer. Notes: X/Y Calibration is required upon the first print X/Y Calibration may also be run if you […]

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3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures

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When you need to put complex assemblies together that have a lot of different pieces it can be a challenge to do it efficiently, let alone easily. What makes a job like this much better is creating a custom fixture to hold of your parts in place while you do the assembly. This allows you to put the parts together much safer, quicker, and more efficiently, which is what matters when working on a high capacity assembly line or even […]

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Using the CMB file format with GrabCAD Print – Part 2

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Part 2 of 2 – Importing a CMB File Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology utilizes a CMB (Coordinate Machine Binary) file format as the code to drive its equipment. CMB files are typically created with the advanced Insight software for F370 and Fortus level machines, but GrabCAD Print can also export and import a CMB file. In Part 1 we discussed how, when and why to export a CMB file from GrabCAD Print. In this blog, we will focus […]

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Using the CMB file format with GrabCAD Print – Part 1

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Part 1 of 2 – Exporting a CMB File Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology utilizes a CMB (Coordinate Machine Binary) file format as the code to drive its equipment. CMB files are typically created with the advanced Insight software for F370 and Fortus level machines, but GrabCAD Print can also export and import a CMB file. Read on to learn more about how, when and why to export or import a CMB file with GrabCAD Print. The simplicity of […]

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Desktop Metal Dimensional Accuracy & Surface Finish

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The Desktop Metal process is designed to provide “near net shape” parts that achieve tolerances comparable to casting. When tight tolerances or smooth surface finishes are required, users should expect to employ secondary operations (milling, grinding, polishing, etc.). Studio System parts are currently achieving tolerances of +/- 0.5 mm for parts less than 60 mm. (+/- 0.02 in for parts less than 2.3 inches), or between 0.8% and 2%. This means that a 1” part should be 1″ +/- 0.02”, and a […]

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Ideas for Using Scans to Make Custom 3D Printed Fixtures

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I have this really cool model of a hand we 3D printed on our J750, and I wanted it to stand out in our displays as a real medical model and not just another 3D print. So, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show off how easy it is to create custom holders or fixtures using scanning and 3D printing combined. This same process could be used if instead of a scan, we already had an actual […]

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GrabCAD Print version 1.29, April 2019

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GrabCAD Print version 1.29, April 2019 Build number 1.29.6.51061 released on 16 April 2019 The latest versions of CAD packages are now supported in GrabCAD Print. This includes SOLIDWORKS 2019, Inventor 2019, Creo 5.0, NX 12.0, and more. Read more here. Easily access your printers with the new printer panel. This has the ability to Favorite printers, advanced Searching and Filtering, and many other improvements. And we want your feedback on it! Turn it on from File > Preferences > GrabCAD […]

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F123 Series TPU 92A Elastomer Material and Kit

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FDM TPU 92A is a resilient, flexible thermoplastic that combines flexibility and strength with abrasion and tear resistance and eliminates costly and time-consuming molding or casting methods to produce elastomer parts. Create accurate elastomer parts quickly and efficiently. The durable elasticity of FDM TPU 92A material makes it a good choice for a wide variety of applications including flexible hoses, tubes, air ducts and vibration dampeners. Produce large and complex elastomer parts. See the video below for more information. A link […]

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Setting Preferences and Customizing Stratasys Insight Software

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The advanced Stratasys Insight software is available on all F370 and Fortus machines.  Within the Insight software, there is a wide array of options and customizations that can be unleashed.  Insight software can be a stand-alone installation or launched within GrabCAD Print. In GrabCAD Print choosing the Apps on the main menu bar and selecting Launch Insight (shown right) will launch the latest version of Insight (you must have an Internet connection for Insight to launch). For a comparison of […]

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