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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Unpacking GrabCAD .Print Files

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GrabCAD Print does an outstanding job of repairing STL files by repairing missing triangles, overlapping triangles, stitching, etc. But one of my pet peeves is that while it will correct an STL file, it will not let you save the repaired STL file. I would like to export the repaired STL file for future use and not have to rerun the repair procedure each time I load it into GrabCAD Print. This is also true after you scale a part […]

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Desktop Metal Printing Process – Printing

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  The Desktop Metal Printing process allows you to produce solid metal parts, in-house, in an office environment. The entire process is based off the metal injection molding process, or MIM. The MIM process involves making tooling to inject a metal powder/polymer/binder mixture into the desired shape. The parts are in a ‘green’ state and not full strength yet. Then the part is put through a debinder tank of liquid, to remove the binding agent from the metal, leaving the […]

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Stratasys Objet 3D Printer Maintenance – Roller Waste Collector

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The roller waste collector, also referred to as the roller bath, is a container that collects waste material off of the Stratasys Objet 3D printer roller by using a long, flat blade. Typically a user who receives regular maintenance from a certified technician will rarely have to worry about this part as it is replaced during every yearly Preventative Maintenance visit. The PM kit will come with two collectors, leaving behind a spare for the customer. On occasion a customer […]

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Stratasys F120 Filament Recovery

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F120 Filament Recovery With the Stratasys F120’s huge filament boxes holding 200 cubic inches of 3D print material we can build lots of parts without worrying about running out in the middle of a build. Stratasys has gone to great lengths to maintain the long-term quality of this large amount of material by sealing it from humidity. But it happened… I lost the filament in the feed tube when swapping from ABS to ASA. You could break the seal on […]

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Tip Calibration With TPU

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When 3D printing with TPU material on the Stratasys F123 series printers, we need to do things a little differently than with the other materials. While ABS, ASA, PC-ABS, ABS-ESD and Diran have one type of print head, TPU has it’s own to create elastomer parts on an FDM printer. Here’s how to calibrate your printer for optimal TPU 3D Prints. Instructions Initial Set Up First, install the blue TPU head and connect the ribbon cable and material tube. You […]

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