Stratasys 3D Printers

F123 Spotlight: How to use Draft Mode to Reduce Material Usage and Print Faster

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The Stratasys F123 line-up of printers have proved to be some of the easiest and most reliable FDM printers on the market. One feature on these printers that doesn’t get much spotlight is their ability to print in “Draft Mode”. Curious about the differences of draft mode, I ran some tests. What is Draft Mode? Draft Mode is a setting within the Tray Settings tab of GrabCAD Print. Selecting Draft Mode will change many parameters within GrabCAD Print that result […]

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Unlock Arrangement Options on your J55

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With the latest update to GrabCAD Print (version 1.51), the template for the new Stratasys J5 DentaJet was added to the software. The J5 DentaJet brings many improvements to the Stratasys Dental lineup and takes advantage of the revolutionary benefits of the J55 platform, including its rotating build tray. With a little workaround, some of these improvements can be used on the J55 to increase print efficiency.   Most Polyjet printers simply have an “arrange this tray” option that forces […]

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Easy Inserts in GrabCAD

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Using GrabCAD’s Insert function to save time modelling. When it comes to 3D printing assemblies, we can make our parts stronger and more durable if we include mechanical hardware. Combining prints with screws, inserts and fasteners we can achieve exactly the part we need with capabilities that go beyond 3D printing alone. In this blog I will be going through some tips and tricks on installing heat set inserts to your prints. While it is possible to thread bare plastic, […]

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Visualizing Polyjet Build Volumes

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Visualizing size is a difficult skill. Describing something as the width of a human hair or a grain of rice is easy enough, but when you get larger than a baseball size can start to get arbitrary. The size of a banana or an apple can vary wildly, making them ill suited for describing the scale of an object. Visualizing volumes of empty space with only a few dimensions is even more difficult. Unfortunately, that’s how the build volumes of […]

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Creating a Direct Connection to a Stratasys 3D Printer

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In the case that your network is down, or you are otherwise unable to connect to your 3D printer remotely, you can establish a direct 1 to 1 connection with the printer using your computer. You’ll need a crossover cable, which you’ll connect directly between the printer’s Ethernet port and your computer’s port. After that you’ll need to adjust the IP settings of either the printer, the computer, or both. Stratasys printers can change the IP address through the maintenance […]

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How to retrieve a Configuration File on an F Series Printer using a USB.

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How do I retrieve the configuration file on a Stratasys F123 Series printer using a USB? Many 3D printer operators prefer to run their F Series printers in an offline mode and not keep the printer on a network. There are a few different settings on the printers that make running the printer in offline mode possible. This guide outlines how to retrieve the configuration file from the printer without it being on a network. One thing to note is […]

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Polyjet Motherboard… Where are you?

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There may come a time that your Stratasys Polyjet 3D printer’s embedded computer blinks its final LED and it just won’t turn on. Don’t worry, that’s where we come in. If this ever happens to you there are some steps that you can take before giving us a call. First and foremost, have your Serial Number ready. You can find this on the back side of your printer down by the power cord. Next you will need to remove the […]

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What’s New with Stratasys: Digital Anatomy Printer Updates

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With the latest update to GrabCAD 1.46, the Digital Anatomy Printer received some very welcome updates: Bone Analyzer and Cross Section.To understand why these updates are so useful, let’s take a trip back in time. When the Digital Anatomy Printer first came out its offerings were leaps and bounds ahead of anything available on the 3D printing market in its ability to replicate complex bone structures for authentic haptic feedback during practice procedures. However, the software used to process Digital […]

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Pause for Captured Inserts

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Captured inserts can add functionality, durability, even a pop of color to FDM prints. But it’s important to have a good grasp on the basics before tackling advanced applications. In this series, I’ll cover everything you need to know about building parts with captured inserts, from the basics to advanced toolpath tweaks. Today, we’ll start at the beginning, with how to make your Stratasys FDM machine pause mid-print. All FDM/FFF machines have some ability to pause, and then resume a […]

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