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

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 www.amug.com.         This is the first year in the 29 year history of the conference 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

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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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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Design Validation, Digital Prototyping, Modeling, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: F123’s New Calibration Part

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NEW FDM F123 Calibration Part   The new line of FDM machines but Stratasys, the F123 series, is out and it has even more upgrades than you can shake a stick at. One of those is the new Calibration Part for the new Print Heads. It uses less material, is larger, and is easier to read.     If your not familiar with the old FDM calibration part it looked like this.     It worked well but there were some issues with it. This part works but picking the point where the support material is in the middle of the road of two lines of model material. You pick

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Posted in Digital Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Be the First to See the NEW Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printers

Be the First to See the NEW Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printers   Join us for an upcoming workshop and be the first to see the NEW F123  Series 3D Printers. The Stratasys F123 Series combines powerful FDM technology with design-to-print GrabCAD software for the most versatile and intelligent solution available. Produce fast, effective prototypes for concept development, as well as highly accurate and robust parts for design validation and functional performance.   Can’t make it to an event? Each of our 3D Printing Facilities have been outfitted with this NEW technology. Contact us to schedule a visit to one of our facilities.   ***Upcoming Events Featuring the Stratasys F123 Series

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Objet Resuming Production After Printing Has Stopped

Objet Resuming Production After Printing Has Stopped   When the printing process is interrupted on your Objet Printer, Job Manager stops sending slices to the 3D printer.   To continue printing the model:   1. If the printer is in offline mode, switch it to online mode by clicking the red button at the bottom of the printer interface. The button changes from red to green.   2. If you don’t know why printing has stopped, make sure that the connection between the printer and the server computer is active.   3. In the Job Manager screen of Objet Studio, click the Resume icon.   4. In the Continue from

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Posted in Digital Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS World 2017: Highlights – 3D Interconnect

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Highlights – 3D Interconnect   SOLIDWORKS 2017 adds a new capacity for working with files from other CAD systems. 3D Interconnect allows you to use existing CAD data from other packages without the need to convert them first. You insert them into an assembly the same way as any other part.       This part was created from a PTC file and had a slot added to it. 3D Interconnect also recognizes revisioning, so you can right click on an imported file and update it for a new revision:       This results in an updated model that had no errors referencing the sketch/sketch plane

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Design Validation, Digital Prototyping, General Info, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks, SOLIDWORKS What's New

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

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