3D Printing Tech Tips

How to set up an Objet host computer

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Your host computer has crashed. You have installed windows on a new HD or PC and need to setup your Objet software. The older V2 printers are simple. Using a KVM switch to go back and forth from screen to screen. For these, you only focus on the quick tips to connect via IP address. V3+ Printers use Remote Access and you will use the Host computer to gain access to the printer. Doing all this is pretty simple, but […]

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Creating a Direct Connection to a Stratasys 3D Printer

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In the case that your network is down, or you are otherwise unable to connect to your 3D printer remotely, you can establish a direct 1 to 1 connection with the printer using your computer. You’ll need a crossover cable, which you’ll connect directly between the printer’s Ethernet port and your computer’s port. After that you’ll need to adjust the IP settings of either the printer, the computer, or both. Stratasys printers can change the IP address through the maintenance […]

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Polyjet Motherboard… Where are you?

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There may come a time that your Stratasys Polyjet 3D printer’s embedded computer blinks its final LED and it just won’t turn on. Don’t worry, that’s where we come in. If this ever happens to you there are some steps that you can take before giving us a call. First and foremost, have your Serial Number ready. You can find this on the back side of your printer down by the power cord. Next you will need to remove the […]

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Pause for Captured Inserts

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Captured inserts can add functionality, durability, even a pop of color to FDM prints. But it’s important to have a good grasp on the basics before tackling advanced applications. In this series, I’ll cover everything you need to know about building parts with captured inserts, from the basics to advanced toolpath tweaks. Today, we’ll start at the beginning, with how to make your Stratasys FDM machine pause mid-print. All FDM/FFF machines have some ability to pause, and then resume a […]

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J750 Digital Anatomy: GelMatrix spotlight

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In my last blog post, I went through some of my first impressions of the new Digital Anatomy Printer from Stratasys. In that blog I mentioned the usefulness of the GelMatrix material. I wanted to go more in depth about the material and show some actual part processing. Within GrabCAD Print, GelMatrix isn’t a selectable material. When hovering over the material, GrabCAD Print notes that GelMatrix can only be used as a Digital Material. That means GelMatrix cannot be printed […]

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How to reduce 3D print build time with Stratasys Insight Part 2

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Using Contours to Save Time With Insight In my previous blog we explored how to save 3D print time by increasing the size of interior toolpaths. While that tip is great for parts with large internal sections it doesn’t help when it comes to parts with lots of thinner walls. When a part consists of a thinner cross-section, the default toolpaths are a back and forth infill that can waste time and efficiency. This blog focuses on a new strategy […]

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Installing New Hinges on the Stratasys Objet 30 Series

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Over time the hinges on a Stratasys Objet 30 Polyjet 3D Printer can become loose which may make the printer’s lid unable stay open. In order to fix this new hinges can be installed. This can be done as a service visit, but can also be easily done by the customer. Here are the steps for hinge replacement.  Required tools: 3 mm Allen Wrench Flat Head Screwdriver Instructions: There are 8 screws that hold the back panel in place. Depending […]

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Calibrating Your F Series Printer

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Stratasys are requiring a slightly different head calibration procedure than you might be used to with the F123 Series 3D printers(F120, F170, F270, F370). This procedure is now the standard for F series printers and should greatly reduce the message that sometimes pops up on the printer stating “No Material Detected At Head”. Stratasys has begun requiring the manual calibration procedure be done prior to replacing a defective head as they have found that so many users were only performing […]

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Cut Out the Middleman with 3MF files in GrabCAD

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It has been exciting to watch how GrabCAD has grown these last few years. They keep adding features and enhancements on a monthly basis! Just this last month something special was added, although, a little hidden. Within preferences – GrabCAD Labs, have a look at the latest file type currently in Beta. Check the box to enable importing 3MF files. Let’s get into why this could turn into a big deal. The first version of the 3MF file type was […]

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