Desktop Metal Printing Process – Printing

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  The Desktop Metal Printing process allows you to produce solid metal parts, in-house, in an office environment. The entire process is based off the metal injection molding process, or MIM. The MIM process involves making tooling to inject a metal powder/polymer/binder mixture into the desired shape. The parts are in a ‘green’ state and not full strength yet. Then the part is put through a debinder tank of liquid, to remove the binding agent from the metal, leaving the […]

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Stratasys Objet 3D Printer Maintenance – Roller Waste Collector

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The roller waste collector, also referred to as the roller bath, is a container that collects waste material off of the Stratasys Objet 3D printer roller by using a long, flat blade. Typically a user who receives regular maintenance from a certified technician will rarely have to worry about this part as it is replaced during every yearly Preventative Maintenance visit. The PM kit will come with two collectors, leaving behind a spare for the customer. On occasion a customer […]

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Reinitiate: Keeping Your Objet Desktop’s Computer Healthy.

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Most users know that keeping the mechanical side of their Stratasys Objet 3D printers is important.  Just as important though is keeping the embedded computer and software healthy.  The “Reinitiate” option is one way to do that, plus it’s relatively hands-off and easy.  This option essentially clears any cache or buffer of print job information the printer has built up over time.  Clearing this extraneous information from memory can greatly improve the user experience and lead to more consistent prints […]

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What to do When Material is Stuck in Head of a Stratasys Dimension 1200 ES

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Occasionally model or support filament can get stuck in an FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printer head because the tip of the material strand expanded and is too large for it to back out of the head. Below is a guide to removing that filament from a Stratasys Dimension 3D printer. First, use the LCD display to put the machine into “Head Maintenance” mode. From “Idle”, press “Maintenance” then press, “Machine.” If the printer is not fully warmed up it may […]

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Fortus 380mc & 450mc Shutdown Procedure

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Stratasys FDM thermoplastic materials will maintain proper product performance over an extended period of time when handled and stored according to recommended procedures. Like other thermoplastics, the filament within canisters can absorb moisture when exposed to ambient humidity. Stratasys canisters are designed to minimize moisture exposure while unopened and opened. When a canister’s filament absorbs moisture, a finished part’s surface quality, seam quality and overall part aesthetics can be affected. Care should be taken to ensure filament remains dry by […]

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Repairing Parts with GrabCad

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It’s not uncommon for part files to have errors in them. Whether it’s because the designer made a mistake or it was a shabby part taken from the internet with errors in the part mesh. Such errors can often lead to failed builds, or just poor part quality. Thankfully, GrabCad Print from Stratasys is able to identify many of these common errors and, in many cases, even repair them. With this you can print great parts even without the best […]

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Introducing innovate3D

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  We’re sure many of you were excited to attend AMUG, Rapid, and various other industry trade shows this spring, and so were we. That is why starting on March 31st we’re presenting a web series called innovate3D: bring your ideas to life. We will be making all of our trade show presentations and demos, as well as some of our more popular 3DEXPERIENCE World presentations, available to you for free through this virtual series. You won’t even have to […]

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How to reduce build time with Insight

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Timing is often critical in the world of Additive Manufacturing. While a 3D printer can operate around the clock, starting a build requires a machine operator. Sometimes a build is a few hours too long and will end outside of business hours, causing the machine to sit idle overnight instead of having your next prototype ready by morning. Unless someone is on site to switch out prints, this can mean a loss in productivity. Timing builds to decrease the amount […]

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Online Printer Usage Reports

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Online 3D printer usage reports are available right in GrabCAD Print and, if you have set up GrabCAD Print Server, are available in the secure online interface at print.grabcad.com Reports online Reports are powered by GrabCAD Print Server. Before you can see the online reports, you must enable them, and wait some time for the data to be collected. To enable reports, go to print.grabcad.com and log in, then click the Reports tab and click Enable Reports. This turns on Reports for the whole […]

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3D Printing: Dimension 1200, 250mc, Uprint Quality Issues

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Basic user maintenance on your Stratasys FDM 3D printer is crucial to keeping print quality consistent.  It leads to more up-time, higher efficiency, less material waste, and ultimately less service calls interrupting you and your company’s workflow.  As field technicians there are a handful of common problems we run across. These can be easily avoided by adding a step or two to your daily additive manufacturing routine.  Here are some everyday print issues, their typical causes, and ways to easily […]

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