Combining Displacement Maps in SOLIDWORKS to Create Natural & Organic Geometry

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In the last blog post we discussed creating displacement maps to make customized 3D textures in SOLIDWORKS. In this continuation, we will discuss mixing displacement maps from real life with your own to create more custom geometry. To get caught up on how to apply 3D textures check out the first blog post in this series. To get caught up learning how to create displacement maps check out the previous blog post in this series. As with previous blog posts, we […]

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Reinitiate: Keeping Your Objet Desktop’s Computer Healthy.

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Most users know that keeping the mechanical side of their Stratasys Objet 3D printers is important.  Just as important though is keeping the embedded computer and software healthy.  The “Reinitiate” option is one way to do that, plus it’s relatively hands-off and easy.  This option essentially clears any cache or buffer of print job information the printer has built up over time.  Clearing this extraneous information from memory can greatly improve the user experience and lead to more consistent prints […]

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What to do When Material is Stuck in Head of a Stratasys Dimension 1200 ES

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Occasionally model or support filament can get stuck in an FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printer head because the tip of the material strand expanded and is too large for it to back out of the head. Below is a guide to removing that filament from a Stratasys Dimension 3D printer. First, use the LCD display to put the machine into “Head Maintenance” mode. From “Idle”, press “Maintenance” then press, “Machine.” If the printer is not fully warmed up it may […]

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Fortus 380mc & 450mc Shutdown Procedure

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Stratasys FDM thermoplastic materials will maintain proper product performance over an extended period of time when handled and stored according to recommended procedures. Like other thermoplastics, the filament within canisters can absorb moisture when exposed to ambient humidity. Stratasys canisters are designed to minimize moisture exposure while unopened and opened. When a canister’s filament absorbs moisture, a finished part’s surface quality, seam quality and overall part aesthetics can be affected. Care should be taken to ensure filament remains dry by […]

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How to Change Default Options in Insight Software

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Insight software is Stratasys’ Advanced Slicer for Fortus and F123 Series FDM printers, allowing unparalleled customization of settings on a layer-by-layer basis. We hold a class every month to teach everything this tool has to offer, but even a little Insight can go a long way. So it’s worth becoming at least familiar with the tool. Today I’ll cover a simple foundational workflow that will make you a more effective Insight user, no matter your skill level. Read on to […]

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Changing Material Colors for FDM 3D Printers | A Tip from a Tech

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Stratasys FDM 3D Printers like the F900 and those in the F123 Series can print a variety of colors in ABS and ASA. Swapping between colors of the same material is a fairly simple process since the printer doesn’t require a tip change or recalibration – just unload the old material and reload the new one. However, depending on what color is being swapped out, it may be necessary to perform an extra purge from the tip in order to […]

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