PLA plastic and replacing the PLA Head in your F123 Series Printer

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PLA works well at high speeds, specifically fast-draft mode on the Stratasys F123 Series. Get quick concept verification and design development while keeping material expenses down. Available in transparent colors, use PLA to 3D print see-through prototypes such as tail lights and blinkers. PLA offers good tensile strength, high stiffness, a low melting point and low HDT, which means less heat and power are required to print. Download the Spec sheet here: http://www.stratasys.com/-/media/files/material-spec-sheets/mss_fdm_pla_0118a.pdf Download the Safety Data Sheet here: http://www.stratasys.com/-/media/files/safety-data-sheets/pla-safety-data-sheets.zip […]

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Replacing Your F123 Series 3D Printer Standard Printhead

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When the printhead in your Stratasys F123 3D Printer reaches 1500 build hours (odometer limit), a warning will be displayed on the User Interface and the head’s Head Status Icon will be highlighted in red on the Materials page. You can continue using a head which has exceeded its odometer limit, but it is highly recommended that you change the head as part quality will be unpredictable. The instructions listed below are a guide on how to change out the […]

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UV Ignition Timeout on Stratasys Objet Desktop

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One common issue we see quite frequently on the Objet Desktop line is UV Ignition Timeout errors. This can be caused by a number if things ranging from a software glitch to a broken UV bulb. If your machine has a UV error there are two quick things you can do to try to either figure out what is wrong or get you up and running. The first is to simply restart the printer software. like I mentioned software glitches can […]

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DESIGN FOR 3D PRINTING – Tips, Tricks & Techniques Part 2 of 3

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing can be somewhat different than designing for traditional Subtractive processes (Mills, Lathes, etc.) We will break this down into 3 parts that impact your design, Design Considerations (part 1), Exporting Data (part 2) and Build Preparation (part 3). In Part 1 we discussed Design Considerations. In this blog let’s take a detailed look at the next step – Exporting the Data. This can be equally important to define the form, fit and function intended for the […]

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MDX-540 Benchtop Milling Machine for Prototypes and Production

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  The MDX-540 from DGSHAPE by Roland is a 4-axis capable desktop CNC milling machine designed with everyone in mind, which makes it a great in office tool for all engineers, designers, and educators. It has a 19.6″(X) x 15.7″(Y) x 6.1″(Z) milling area, and can handle all production grade plastics and non-ferrous metals for production or prototype parts at production speeds. The MDX-540’s material capability covers everything from Delrin to aluminum. Even with all the capabilities of the MDX-540, it […]

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Stratasys Objet Desktop Pattern Test

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Your Stratasys Objet Desktop should receive weekly, and sometimes even daily, maintenance. You should be printing a pattern test weekly using the pink paper provided with your start-up kit. The pattern test is the basic verification of the printer’s ability to produce quality models, since it demonstrates the condition of the nozzles in the print heads. To perform the pattern test: Make sure that the build tray is empty. Prepare a sheet of pink paper, approximately 21 × 14 centimeters […]

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3D Scanning, Reverse Engineering in SOLIDWORKS, and 3D Printing a Buckle Clip

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Meet Rob, Rob has a leg brace, but one of the buckles broke. Poor Rob. Lets make a new clip for Rob! How are we going to go about reverse engineering this fairly complex clip design? We could use the old caliper method, but it might be hard to get some of the angles right and it would take a while. Lets see what else we have on hand around the office. We can get accurate measurements from one of […]

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Retrieve Your Objet Service Data / Log file

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Stratasys Objet desktop printers have a Log file that contains a time sequenced history of events of the printer activities. It contains error codes, calibrations, positions and generally a snapshot of what the Printer is doing at the time. It is an invaluable troubleshooting tool and often requested by Stratasys for analysis when diagnosing printer issues. The following are step-by-step instructions on how to obtain the log file so that it can be sent in for analysis. To obtain the […]

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How To: Preventative Maintenance DIY Guide for your Stratasys FDM System

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If you have a Stratasys Dimension 1200, Dimension Elite, uPrint, or Fortus 250mc, then doing preventative maintenance is a simple process that can be done on your own. You will first need to obtain a preventative maintenance kit from Stratasys by ordering it through your local reseller. Once the kit arrives you will notice that it contains 4 chamber fans, (2 for uPrint), a head cooling fan, and some covers for the print head. We do not replace the head […]

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What I learned at AMUG (2018 Edition)

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In mid April of this year, myself and other members of the Hardware Sales and Application team made the short trek to the St. Louis Union Station for the 30th annual AMUG conference. AMUG is first and foremost a User Group for users and operators of additive equipment to come together to learn from one another. This is the only place I would feel comfortable in talking to vendors and manufacturers of competitive equipment and ask them how it works. […]

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