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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

Stratasys 3D Printing: Metal Additive Manufacturing

Desktop Metal Extend Their Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Metal Additive Manufacturing   As a result of this partnership, customers will be able to work with leading Stratasys resellers who will begin representing Desktop Metal solutions, including the recently announced Studio System and the Production System, alongside Stratasys’ broad family of advanced FDM and PolyJet solutions.   Expected to ship September 2017, Desktop Metal’s Studio System is the first office-friendly metal 3D printing solution. At up to ten times less expensive than today’s metal 3D printers.  For the first time, it’s possible to produce highly complex metal parts and assemblies with metal 3D printing without leaving the office.   What

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Creaform 3D Scanning: Colormap, the Quick Go/No-Go of Inspection

Colormap, the Quick Go/No-Go of Inspection   The HandyScan 700 is a great tool for inspecting parts for Quality Control engineers.  Using VxElements, PPAP inspection reports can be created being as simple or as complicated as needed.  After importing a CAD model, either .iges or .stp, the scan can be compared to the “perfect” CAD model.  One of the useful tools within VxElements is the ability to create a colormap of the differences between the CAD model and the scan.  This can be based on a surface best fit reference frame or a datum reference frame.  This can be used as a quick go/no-go of whether a part overall is

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Design Validation, Digital Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Wiper Position Adjustment Objet Desktop Printers

Wiper Position Adjustment in Stratasys Objet Desktop Printers   In Stratasys 3D Printing, the wiper position adjustment sets the wiper service position and the wipe position.   This procedure should be performed whenever the wiper mechanism is replaced. It does not need to be performed when the wiper blade is replaced.   To do this procedure, you will need to be in Maintenance Mode. To get into Maintenance mode, move the mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen until the cursor disappears.   With the cursor just barely off the screen, press CTL+ALT+M keys at the same time. You should see a warning box pop up:  

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Waterjet Cleaning System Has No Lights, Wiper, or Pump Working

Issues with Waterjet Cleaning System   If your waterjet suddenly stops working where the lights do not come on, the wiper arm doesn’t move, and the pump itself doesn’t come on when the pedal is pushed, it may be an easy fix. All of the power for this unit goes though the electrical box on the rear of the WaterJet and then distributed from there. The main thing we find that causes the system to go down is a simple fuse.   So if you power your WaterJet up and it doesn’t have lights on, this is one of the first thing we want to check. First, being that the

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Manual / Alternative Load Cell Calibration

Manual / Alternative Load Cell Calibration   In some cases, the Stratasys Polyjet desktop models will require a manual load cell calibration.  In the case where the load cell calibration wizard does not correctly, calibrate the weight using this method:   First off, remove all bottles and waste containers from the material bay.   In the printer application, select Maintenance > Calibration.     Select the Weight Sensor tab.  From the Cartridge list, select the weight sensor you want to calibrate.   From the Cartridge list, select the weight sensor you want to calibrate.   Then insert an unused bottle. In the editable field to the right, enter the value

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Discovering Your 3D Printer’s Capabilities – Part 2

Discovering Your 3D Printer’s Capabilities – Part 2   This is the 2nd of a series on ideas to understand the capabilities and limitations of your 3D Printer. When you know what your machine can achieve, it can be applied to significantly aid your part design as well as throughput and quality.   When 3D printing holes with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) it is always desirable to position the hole axis perpendicular to the platform. Unfortunately some designs (channels for wiring ,tubing, fluid, air, etc) require that the holes be sliced in a horizontal orientation. So, can supports be eliminated in these holizontal holes?   If you will remember from

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

CATI Product Development Forum – Register for an Event Near You

Product Development Forum Events   We are just days away from the start of our annual Product Development Forum. This year, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. To say thank you and show our appreciation to our clients, the agenda is 100% training based. Each event will showcase 5 lecture style training sessions, exhibits form our partners, and the chance to meet one-on-one with one of our technical experts. Visit the Product Development Forum Event Page on CATI.com for complete details and agendas for an event near you.   Dates and Time Locations April 11, 2017 8:30am – 3:00pm Central Time Waukesha, WI Marriott Milwaukee West >>Registration Link April 12,

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Data Management, Design Validation, Digital Prototyping, General Info, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: New FDM Nylon 12CF

Stratasys Releases New FDM Nylon 12CF   Stratasys recently introduced a great addition to their FDM Nylon family by announcing FDM Nylon 12CF, with CF standing for Carbon-Filled. Nylon 12CF allows users to print high-performance parts with superior stiffness-to-weight ratio. This opens up the door to even more opportunities to replace metal tooling with stronger, printed plastic parts. Some of these opportunities include applications such as end-of-arm-tooling, metal forming, bracketry, jigs and fixtures, and drill guides.     Nylon 12CF Quick Facts   This blend of carbon filled nylon contains a 35% chopped carbon fiber fill. Compared to other available FDM materials, it has the highest flexural strength. Since the

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping, Uncategorized

CATI Makes a Splash at AMUG

For the second year in a row, CATI was a Platinum sponsor at the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Conference held at the Hilton Chicago last week.  For more information on the AMUG conference visit their website.     This is the first year in the 29th year history of the conference that it was sold out.  A total of 1600 were in attendance, with over 700 being first time attendees. In our suite, we featured Stratasys 3D printed parts, 3D printed injection molds and Creaform hand-held scanners including our new MetraScan.     Also on display, was the new F123 series of printers from Stratasys.  These printers are the next

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Digital Prototyping, Modeling, Rapid Prototyping

Creaform 3D Scanners: Reverse Engineering the Death Star

Reverse Engineering the Death Star   No, I’m not on my way to becoming the next Emperor Palpatine, so no worries there.   Last Christmas season, my family found a Death Star Planetarium while shopping.  We had the idea of using it as a tree topper for our Christmas tree.  Our only problem was how to get it to stay.  It came with a stand, but it didn’t immobilize the Death Star. I could get calipers and other measuring tools out, but that doesn’t result in the best accuracy.  The answer came in using the Creaform 3D scanners.  I have only been using scanners and their software VXelements for a

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