Sealing FDM Models

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The Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing process of layering extruded material makes FDM parts porous. This can be a benefit for some applications such as Thermoforming that requires air to be drawn through a tool. However, sealing a part to hold an airtight vacuum may be necessary for other applications. In 2016 I wrote a blog, FDM Build Parameters to Create a Vacuum, using software parameters to create a denser filled part. This method requires using advanced Insight software […]

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What is Local Fabriacate for Desktop Metal?

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As cloud-based software, FabricateTM maintains a secure connection to Desktop Metal servers at AWS. However, we understand that some customer environments face security restrictions that require all computation and data to be kept on-premises. For this reason, we have developed a local version of Fabricate. A local Fabricate installation allows you to use many of the same features found in the cloud-based Fabricate software, including job setup and management,  without requiring a connection to the cloud. Local Fabricate lets you manage […]

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Desktop Metal Dimensional Accuracy & Surface Finish

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The Desktop Metal process is designed to provide “near net shape” parts that achieve tolerances comparable to casting. When tight tolerances or smooth surface finishes are required, users should expect to employ secondary operations (milling, grinding, polishing, etc.). Studio System parts are currently achieving tolerances of +/- 0.5 mm for parts less than 60 mm. (+/- 0.02 in for parts less than 2.3 inches), or between 0.8% and 2%. This means that a 1” part should be 1″ +/- 0.02”, and a […]

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Importing SOLIDWORKS 2019 files into GrabCAD Print 1.25

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With the latest release of SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP1, you may have experienced an error when importing your .SLDPRT file directly into GradCAD Print 1.25.  While the developers of GrabCAD Print have committed to resolve this issue in their 1.27 release, in the meantime saving your SLDPRT file in the .STL (Surface Tessellated Language) file format will let you continue using GrabCAD Print for your 3D Printing needs. Here is a brief reminder for converting your 3D drawing to the STL […]

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GrabCad 1.25 Release

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GrabCAD Print version 1.25, January 2019 Build number 1.25.17.47934 released on 4 January 2019 The per-machine installer which was released for beta testing in 1.16 is now generally available from print.grabcad.com. In addition to being much more stable than the current per-user installer, it allows for deployment at schools and enterprise organizations by IT system admins. For more information and instructions on switching over, read our help article. OBJ and VRML files with self-intersections, water tightness / open faces issues, and inverted […]

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Testing 17-4 ph Stainless Steel from Desktop Metal

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Out of my own curiosity, I wanted to see how our printed stainless steel compared to common production stainless steel like 304. I took a few samples to a friends shop and talked about what I wanted to do and off we went. First, 304 is probably one of the most common general use steels made and used in industry. 17-4 is a bit more specialized but its most sought-after features are its high strength and corrosion resistance. This is […]

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Insight – Advanced Software for FDM

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  Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) software has become quite simple to use with the introduction of GrabCAD Print. GrabCAD Print makes it easy with a few selections to produce an exceptional 3D model of your CAD drawing. GrabCAD Print settings are intentionally minimal and conservative for the novice user to achieve 100% success. But what if you need something special? For example, a sparse interior with a thick outer shell for strength? This is where the advanced Insight software […]

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Objet Studio Updates

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Objet Studio™ Version 9.2.11.6825 Supported Printers This version supports the following printers: Desktop V1/V2/V3 Eden260V™/Eden260VS™/Dental Advantage™ Eden350V™/Eden500V™ Objet260 Connex™ (‘Connex260’) Connex350™/Connex500™ Objet260 Connex1, 2, 3 Series™ Objet260 Dental™/Objet260 Dental Selection™ Objet350 Connex1, 2, 3 Series™/Objet500 Connex1, 2, 3 Series™ Objet500 Dental Selection™ Objet1000™/Objet1000 Plus™ New Features and Improvements This version includes the following new features and improvements: Support for Windows® 10 This version can now also run on Windows 10 operating systems. Support for Objet260 Dental (new) This version includes […]

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Tips and Tricks for VX Model: Patching Holes

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Anyone familiar with 3D scanning knows that small holes in your scan are inevitable. Whether they are screw holes, pinholes, countersunk, or counterbore, you just can’t always capture the entirety of a small hole. Now, this begs the questions: “Do you just ignore them, or do you fix them?”. This depends entirely on what your scan is being used for. If you’re scanning to extract a surface from a mold design, then maybe you can just ignore those screw holes […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Opening Part Configurations in Quick View – #SW2019

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Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2019 you will have the ability to view configurations of your parts and assemblies while a file is loaded in Quick View. This functionality is controlled on a file-by-file basis. To view a configuration in Quick View, the file must first be opened normally. With the part or assembly open, go to the configurations tab where your configurations are listed. Right click an existing configuration and choose “Add Display Data Mark” as seen in the image below. […]

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