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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Creating a Core Component from Altair Inspire Cast

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Creating a Core Component from Altair Inspire Cast With the advent of additive and subtractive manufacturing, casting designers are now able to create casting cores quickly and easily. In this blog I will show you a great new feature of Altair Inspire Cast, where you can automatically create casting cores to streamline your casting design process. In this blog we are looking at a hitching mount part that will be gravity cast. The entire casting process can be simulated in […]

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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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Calibrating Your F Series Printer

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Stratasys are requiring a slightly different head calibration procedure than you might be used to with the F123 Series 3D printers(F120, F170, F270, F370). This procedure is now the standard for F series printers and should greatly reduce the message that sometimes pops up on the printer stating “No Material Detected At Head”. Stratasys has begun requiring the manual calibration procedure be done prior to replacing a defective head as they have found that so many users were only performing […]

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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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Installing your Stratasys J55 Build Tray

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INSTALLING YOUR STRATASYS J55 BUILD TRAY So you got yourself one of the brand new Stratasys J55 full color 3D printers. One of the many impressive features it has is the build tray size to printer footprint ratio. Today I will cover installation of the build tray into the printer. First open the printer door and locate the build tray turntable. There is a securing nut that is located in the center. Find the dedicated build tray wrench located in […]

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Creating Custom Fixtures with 3D Printing

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Creating custom machining and assembly fixtures is often a costly and time-consuming process. Using 3D printing, custom fixtures can be created in a fraction of the time at a cost that is justifiable for short run parts and one-offs. To demonstrate this, I have this scaled model for an engine cover. This shape is highly complex and cutting this from modeling foam can be a challenge because of the materials brittle nature.  Because of the constraints of the machine I […]

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