Advance FDM Mode Lesson 2: General Tour (Part 3 of 4)

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Welcome to the third part of our step-by-step walkthrough of the “General Tour of GrabCAD Advance FDM Mode” series. In this section, we will dive into the core that makes up GrabCAD – Advance FDM Mode. Let’s dive right into the powerful Selection Menu and it’s sub tabs of Body and Face. Starting with a blitz through “how to get there” Launch GrabCAD Once on the landing page, be sure to click on the 4th Icon to get into the […]

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How to Quickly Add Texture to FDM 3D Prints in SOLIDWORKS

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Adding texture to your FDM 3D prints is a cool and clever way to hide layer lines on vertical walls. Doing this can really make your parts look professional and practical. Follow along this simple tutorial to create your own textured parts in SOLIDWORKS. 1. Open your model. 2. Highlight the face(s) that you want to add the texture to and then go to edit appearance. 3. On the Right side of the screen, open the “Miscellaneous” folder and select […]

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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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Best Practices – FDM TPU 92A

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TPU Material Handling Proper storage of the TPU material spool is critical.  When removing TPU spools from the system, place the material spool in the Mylar bag as soon as possible.  This will prevent moisture from getting into the material.  Wet material can damage the print head and should not be used.  For extended non-use periods greater than 48 hours, unload the material from the head and wind back onto the spool. Store in the material bay.  Environments with high […]

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Advance FDM Mode Lesson 2: General Tour (Part 2 of 4)

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Welcome back to the General Tour of Advance FDM Mode Part 2. After reviewing the menus, learning to add models, and learning about the selection of bodies in Advance FDM Mode: General Tour Part 1. Moving forward with our General Tour, our next steps are exploring the Print Settings menu and understanding how the Orientation menu works. Let’s get started. Please Launch GrabCAD and proceed to the 4th icon, Advance FDM Mode Tab. But if there are only 3 icons refer […]

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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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Advance FDM Mode Lesson 2: General Tour (Part 1 of 4)

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Welcome to Advance FDM Mode: General Tour Part 1, this is a continuation of the Getting Started with GrabCAD – Advance FDM Mode. This part will go through the general menus, then dive into add models menus.  To start off this step by step deep dive is a look at the menus of Advance FDM mode. Note: If your home screen has 3 icons, go back to Getting Started with GrabCAD – Advance FDM Mode Click the Advance FDM Mode Tab on […]

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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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