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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 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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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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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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Stratasys 3D Printing: Product Innovation With The Stratasys J750

Product Innovation With The Stratasys J750   When a new mobile device hits the market, new accessories, such as chargers and cases immediately follow. OtterBox, the #1 most trusted brand in smartphone and tablet cases, has a goal getting new products on the shelf the same day of a device launch. OtterBox keeps pace with the dynamic consumer electronic industry by using full color, multi-material 3D printing throughout its product development process.   Watch this pre-recorded webinar to spend a day in the life of a consumer products engineer and learn how OtterBox is using the Stratasys J750 to:   Build true-to-life models for real-time feedback and revisions during customer focus groups,

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Stratasys 3D Printers: Print Head Alignment for PolyJet Desktop Printers

Print Head Alignment for PolyJet Desktop Printers   You may find your parts have some rough edges over time or after replacing or swapping your print head locations on your Objet printer. This can be due to the heads being out of alignment and need to be adjusted. Doing the adjustment is fairly automated and easy to do. You will need your clear transparency sheets, scotch tape (optional), and a magnifier or loupe to look at the print to do this.   With your Stratasys Embedded Printer Software open on the desktop and the printer lid closed, go to Options > Wizards > Head Alignment to start the procedure. Click

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Soluble Support for V3 Polyjet Desktops

Soluble Support for V3 Polyjet Desktops   Soluble Support has been released for all V3 Desktop Polyjet machines.   SUP706 is a Support material that dissolves in a solution of caustic soda and sodium metasilicate and can be removed easily. To run Support 706, you will require an upgrade.  This is free of charge and can be done by users.   The easiest way to tell if you have a V3 machine will be to check to see if you have a pull tab to lift the roller bath suction straws (see below).           Once you determine that you are eligible for the upgrade, simply place a

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Photoelasticity with PolyJet

Photoelasticity with PolyJet   Photoelasticity is a visual method to determine the stress distribution of a part geometry.  Unlike analytical methods of stress calculations, photoelasticity gives a fairly accurate picture of stress distribution around any imperfections in the actual geometry.  This method can be an important tool for identifying critical stress concentration in irregular geometries.   The principal of photoelasticity is based on rays of light passing through certain transparent materials with two refractive indices to create a phenomenon of an isochromatic image known as ‘Birefringence’ or double refraction.  This phenomenon is similar to light separated by an optical prism or crystal.   While the definition above may sound complex, the practical implementation

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Nylon 12 vs. the New Nylon 6 – FDM Printers

Nylon 12 vs. the New Nylon 6 – FDM Printers   As some of you may have heard, Stratasys recently released a new FDM material: Nylon 6. Well doesn’t Stratasys already have a Nylon material? Yes, but the new Nylon 6 is a different formulation of Nylon meant for different applications. Here are some of the main differences:     Nylon is a very widely used thermoplastic in manufacturing. There are many different formulations with different mechanical and thermal properties. The new Nylon 6 is an even stronger, more durable version than the original Nylon 12. With a higher tensile strength and elongation at break, this material is suited for

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3D Scanning: How it Works

How 3D Scanning Works   Information in this article was originally published in the Creaform eBook, An Introduction to 3D Scanning.   3D scanners are tri-dimensional measurement devices used to capture real-world objects or environments so that they can be remodeled or analyzed in the digital world. The latest generation of 3D scanners do not require contact with the physical object being captured.   3D scanners can be used to get complete or partial 3D measurements of any physical object. Most these devices generate points or measures of extremely high density when compared to traditional “point-by-point” measurement devices.   There are two major categories of scanners based on the way

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3D Scanning: An Introduction to Creaform

An Introduction to Creaform 3D Scanning     While the mainstream media continues its obsession with 3D printing, another impactful, disruption is revolutionizing the way products are designed, engineered, manufactured, inspected, and archived. It’s 3D scanning — the act of capturing data from objects in the real world and bringing them into the digital pipeline.   CATI has partnered with Creaform to enhance your product development process with 3D Scanning technology.   So, what is 3D Scanning?    This eBook will get you started and provide an understanding of how the different 3D Scanning technologies work. Whether you are new to 3D Scanning or an old pro, we think you find this

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