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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

Stratasys 3D Printing: Simplifying the 3D Printing Process with GrabCAD Print

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Simplifying the 3D Printing Process with GrabCAD Print   GrabCAD Print has been partnered with Stratasys make the entire process smoother from start to finish to managing everything in between. Even monitoring and reporting the usage of all the printers in the office too.     For as long as 3D printing has been around you have always needed to convert your CAD file into a STL file to be able to process and print it. It has always been this extra step involved that adds links to the chain and increases the possibility of file translation errors. But GrabCAD Print has been making good progress in this field.  

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INSPECTING 3D Printed Prototypes with 3D Scanner Technology

INSPECTING 3D Printed Prototypes with 3D Scanner Technology   Within the last 10 years CAD software has risen to new heights, giving the user more control over their designs and allowing them to create more curved surfaces on parts. In the manufacturing world, manufacturing processes have evolved to meet the designers demands breaking through walls of tighter tolerances and high complexity.   What does this all mean? Well, if you’re you in the QC department, this means you have an unrealistic task of inspecting parts using traditional methods. For many decades, inspecting parts with calipers, micrometers, straight bars and even rulers have sufficed, but it wasn’t until CAD software gave

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

Stratasys 3D Printing: Reducing Time and Costs of Composite Tooling with FDM

Reducing Time and Costs of Composite Tooling with FDM     3D Printing your master tooling for a composite layup part can be a great way to reduce time to part and overall costs. Composite tools made with Stratasys’ FDM technology are just as effective and can create parts of the same quality as traditional methods. With traditional manufacturing methods, the time and cost to produce a tool drastically increases with its complexity. However, this is not the case with 3D printing. This introduction to composite tooling with Stratasys FDM will help you decide if FDM is the right process for your needs.   Using FDM for this application is

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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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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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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: Different 3D Printing Technologies

While Stratasys has always been the pioneer of 3D printing, it’s important to know that there are many different types of technologies and materials surrounding 3D printing, also known as “additive manufacturing”.   Stratasys 3D printers use one of two technologies. The ever popular “Fused Deposition Modeling”, FDM, and the “Polyjet” technology.   FDM FDM is the main 3D printing technology that everyone knows about and has seen. Real engineering grade thermoplastics are made into a filament, round up in a spool, and then fed from the spool to a heat extrusion tip and laid down layer by layer. Like a hot glue gun affixed to a CNC milling machine,

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