What’s New with Materalise Magics

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With this year’s new version, Magics 24, comes some great improvements to help you prepare models for additive manufacturing In this new edition, Materalise has added .3mf support , a chamfering tool, and reworked the backend algorithms to boost the speed of Magic’s editing tools. Hollowing, perforating, and cutting are solved up to 3 times faster. Speaking of the cutting tool, the lap joint tool now has a preview for parameter adjustments before the cut is applied. This makes partial […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Model Display: 3MF Enhancements and Color Picker

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SOLIDWORKS introduced more enhancements that include display, import, and export of 3D models in SOLIDWORKS 2021. 3MF files – which are quickly becoming an industry-standard for additive manufacturing – can now import and export more colors and textures than ever! Additionally, selecting colors with the eye dropper when applying appearances now works with external applications. In this article, I will go into detail with the 3MF enhancements, explain why 3MF is becoming an industry-standard, and finish with additional appearance functionality […]

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3D Printing with Stereolithography

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Stereolithography (SL) is the first Additive Manufacturing technology, patented in 1986.  But just because it is the oldest does not mean there is nothing new, SL remains a viable solution for prototypes, tooling, production, etc. in the 3D Printing world.  Newly introduced is the Stratasys V650 Flex.  The ‘Flex’ in the name truly means that it is giving users more flexibility, Stratasys has unlocked the restrictions to this tried and true technology by allowing customers to use any UV photopolymer […]

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PostProcess: Polyjet Support Removal Made Easier

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PostProcess: Polyjet support removal made easier To all those familiar with Polyjet 3D printing technology – the benefits it offers are abundantly clear. High resolution, high throughput, full-color parts that serve a number of different industries. To those using Polyjet to create incredible printed parts, an issue may eventually arise related to support removal. Whether it is a bottle neck in manpower because your demand has grown rapidly and removing supports from 100 parts is taking much longer than you […]

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The Revolutionary J55 3D Printer From Stratasys

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This summer saw the release of a completely new printer platform from Stratasys, the J55. It has been designed from the ground up to be the first office-friendly, full color 3D printer. It does this in a number of ways: The revolutionary (pun intended) build tray spins so that the print head only needs to move in one direction as opposed to the two of most other printers. This reduces the noise from motors moving the print head as well as […]

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Materialize e-Stage

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Materialize e-Stage is a very powerful software that can save you lots of time and money when dealing with SLA/DLP resin 3D printers (like the Stratasys V650 Flex) or sintered metal 3D printers. SLA resin 3D printing is one of the oldest versions of 3D printing and has been around since the early 1980’s. Partly due to this there are some issues that can come up when using this technology, such as the support structures that needs to be generated […]

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My Top Five Features in Stratasys Insight

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Years ago, Stratasys began working on a unified software platform that we now know as GrabCAD print. This is a very powerful slicing engine for 3D printing on most Stratsys printers. Before this, we had several different software packages depending on the printer we bought. One of those was Insight. Insight was used for slicing parts for older “Big Box” machines and some of the newer ones. Today, the F370 as well as the Fortus (F900, F450, etc.) printers can […]

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Exotic Infill Styles via Insight!

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Infill styles for FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) rarely come up and that’s because there’s not much to talk about, right? Wrong! Sure, in GrabCAD Print we have the classics: Sparse, Sparse Double Dense, Hexagram, High Density, and Solid. They each have their uses and most people know what they do, but are those your only five options? Not even close. With the Insight software (available on F370 and Fortus 3D Printers from Stratasys) you can use a much larger variety […]

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Objet 30 Print Head Checks and Replacement

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There will be times when you will need to replace the print head or print heads in your Stratasys Objet 30 printer. If you are having a print quality issue there are a few things you can do to test whether the heads are working properly. The first thing you should do is run a pattern test. You can find the pattern test instructions here  The next thing you should do is try to calibrate the heads by running the […]

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Calibrating Your Stratasys F Series 3D Printer for TPU Flexible Filament

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TPU or Thermoplastic Polyurethane is a flexible 3D printer filament available for most of the Stratasys F Series printers.  TPU is an interesting filament with a Shore hardness of 92A. 3D printing TPU is useful for making models of gaskets, seals, dampeners, and any other application where some flex is necessary. Due to the flexible nature of TPU we should keep some things in mind when calibrating our TPU-dedicated print head.  The TPU head is blue compared to the regular […]

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