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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: 3rd Party Software to Verify and Repair STL’s

3rd Party Software to Verify and Repair STL’s   Occasionally you may come across a part that comes out of your 3D printer looking horrible in quality. There are particular things within these defects that can help tip you off as to what is wrong and if it is your machine or your file that heeds help.   If you end up with a part that has shards of material jetting out of it or through the support, generally triangle in shape, it is a problem with your STL file. Holes, open areas, or even gaps in parts can become filled with 3D printing model material that was never designed

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Printer Promotions

3D Printer Promotions   CATI and Stratasys are running special promotions on NEW 3D Printers through the end of March 2017.   >>Click Here to register for these promotions.   Free material bundle (up to $35k) with the purchase of a Fortus 450mc 10% off a F123 Series printer for current uPrint, Dimension, or Fortus 250mc customers Purchase a Fortus 380mc for $80k plus receive a free material bundle (up to $20k) Order 2 of more systems and get 10% off the entire order Get 40% OFF Materials Options for Fortus 400mc, Fortus 450mc and Fortus 900mc**           Jim TeDesco Director, Marketing Computer Aided Technology   Stratasys

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Part Shift on FDM machines

Part Shift on FDM machines   Part shift is one type of part quality issue we see on FDM machines. There are several simple things that can be checked that may resolve the issue.     Here we see some examples of parts shifting.   The first and most simple thing to check is to  make sure the build plate is latched and secured.  If you have a Dimension 1200, Fortus or Uprint, check to see that the print head will toggle from side to side with only minimal resistance.   Next, check all the rods and belts in the build chamber to make sure they are not loose.   With the machine off, move the head around and

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Introducing the NEW Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printers

Introducing the NEW Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printers   The Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printers make rapid prototyping more efficient and productive. These 3D printers were designed to remove the barriers designers and engineers face by making the RP process more efficient and productive. The Stratasys F123 Series addresses typical rapid prototyping pain points and lets companies create better products faster, reducing the time to market.     The hallmark of the Stratasys F123 3D Printer Series is that it is designed to meet the needs of the total RP process: concept verification, design validation and functional testing. And it will do this with economy and speed in a workgroup

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Discovering Your 3D Printer’s Capabilities – Part 1

Discovering Your 3D Printer’s Capabilities – Part 1   This is the first 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.   Regardless of the 3D printer you are using, it is drawing a 2D image in multiple layers to create the 3rd dimension.  With this in mind, most printers will require some kind of support or brace to prevent overhanging layers on top of a previous layer from collapsing.  Some machines, typically powder based machines, will use the unused material

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Posted in Design Validation, Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: GrabCAD Print Reports for Stratasys FDM 3D Printers

GrabCAD Print Reports for Stratasys FDM 3D Printers   GrabCAD Print continues to impress with their latest features. Users are now able to track printer metrics such as material usage and printer utilization of their Stratasys printers in one place all from the internet. For those with multiple machines, it can be tedious to log things like material usage and printer up-time. Using the new GrabCAD Print reporting feature, it is now possible to get daily usage metrics to keep track of how much material of each material is being used, determine which printers are spending the most time printing, or view printer histories for all printers on your network.

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

CATI Sponsors Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG)

CATI Sponsors Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG)   For the second straight year CATI is a Platinum sponsor at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG). Twenty eight years ago, this organization was formed as the SLA users group. That first conference was formed by owners and users of SLA equipment and as a way to help each other in this growing industry. Thus, the AMUG catch phrase “For Users, By Users”.   AMUG is an all-encompassing technology users group dedicated to the advancement of additive manufacturing technology. The AMUG Conference brings together engineers, designers, managers, and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments

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

Stratasys 3D Printing Roadshow/Meet & Greet Event – Schaumburg, IL February 8th

Roadshow/Meet & Greet Event – Schaumburg, IL February 8th   Join CATI and Stratasys at our Stratasys 3D Printing Roadshow/Meet & Greet Event in Schaumburg, IL on February 8th. There is no cost to attend and breakfast is included. Seating is limited, so be sure to register early to guarantee your spot.   This event features brand new content as well as two very special guest speakers:   Tom Brosseau, Senior Industrial Designer at The Marketing Store Worldwide David Vogel, Designer and Principal of R & D – Racquet Technology for Wilson Sporting Goods   Event Information:   When Wednesday, February 8, 2017 8:30am – 12:00pm   Where Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel 1551 Thoreau

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

3D Printing: What to Print with Your New Makerbot

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What to Print with Your New Makerbot   Let’s say you’re one of the lucky people who got a new MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D Printer for Christmas. Now what do you do with it? You have seen all the amazing things people have been creating with them and you’re wondering where to start. You probably know a bit about how to try and make your own STL models from scratch using a CAD program, but if you’re not lucky enough to have a license of SOLIDWORKS on hand to play with, it can take some time to model up the parts you will want to print. Lucky for you, there

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, General Info, Rapid Prototyping, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Stratasys 3D Printing: Objet Idle Mode and Shut Down Procedures

Keeping the Printer in Idle Mode or Shutting Down   Between printing jobs, the Objet printer can be left unused for several days. If the printer will not be used for up to a week, use the Shutdown wizard to automatically perform the procedures that must be done before turning off the printer (see “Shutting Down the Printer”, below).   When the printer stops producing models, the printer software automatically reduces the temperature of the print heads as follows:   First 15 minutes – Standby 1 – no change Next 5 minutes – Standby 2 – Heating reduced (to room temp) After Standby 2 – Idle – heating stopped  

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

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