Justifying 3D Printing for your Business Part 1: Choosing the Correct 3D Printer

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Justifying 3D Printing for your Business Part 1: Choosing the Correct 3D Printer Justifying any capital equipment for your company can often feel like trying to get the planets to align. But if you can’t wait until May 6, 2492 (next alignment of all 8 planets) let’s discuss what steps you can take to acquire a 3D Printer for your business. Most 3D Printer justifications can be simplified into 3 basic tasks: Choosing the correct 3D Printer Collecting the information […]

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Creaform 3D scanning: The GO!SCAN 50

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Creaform 3D scanning: The GO!SCAN 50 The GO!SCAN 50 is Creaform’s most versatile hand-held portable 3D scanner. With hybrid positioning, professional grade measurements, and full color scanning, the GO!SCAN 50 can do it all while still bringing the easiest to use white light 3D scanning experience to users. The scanner itself weighs only 2.2 pounds and is small enough to fit into carry-on luggage. Besides the scanner, all you need is a PC or laptop for the whole scanning process. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018 With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 come some great enhancements to MBD. SOLIDWORKS MBD now supports the import of 3D PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) with your STEP AP242, NX and Creo files. To import your PMI information, go to File > Open and filter out one of the supported file types for PMI import. In this Open dialog, you will now see a checkbox that says “Include […]

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Un-Boxing Your HandyScan 700

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  Getting your HandyScan 700 set up and ready to scan is a quick and easy process. This blog will highlight some of the key steps that you don’t want to miss. First step in unboxing your HandyScan 700 is going to be making sure all of the contents are there. Using the slots on the side of the foam, lift the foam and contents up enough to check for looks like a flat wood box. With all the necessary […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Ballooning Exploded Views

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS: Ballooning Exploded Views Assembly Drawings always contain an exploded view with the components ballooned to identify them in the Bill of Materials table. SOLIDWORKS has a great tool for automatically adding balloons to your assembly drawing view. This Auto Balloon command will make sure every component is ballooned and that no duplicate balloons are created. Another advantage of the Auto Balloon tool is that the balloon placement is neatly arranged around the view. You can specify the general […]

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GrabCad Print Updates V1.8 and 1.9

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GrabCad users know that every time you open the program it will automatically search for updates. But if you run this on a machine that doesn’t get shut down often you may be behind on a few key recent updates. Update 1.8 came out in July and 1.9 was released this week. If you have a large format Fortus printer you will want to get these recent releases. The biggest jump for both of these releases are the integration of support […]

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Pedal to the Metal: 3D printing with Desktop Metal

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Desktop Metal 3D printers are the latest addition to our lineup of best-in-class product development solutions. This groundbreaking line of metal 3D printers finally provides a solution to the limitations seen with other metal 3D printers currently on the market—limitations in speed, materials, and accessibility. We’re happy to provide 3D metal printing solutions with Desktop Metal that are quick, affordable, and offer a variety of materials, such as steel, aluminum, titanium, and copper.   There’s been a lot of buzz […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: F123 Series Camera Shroud Print and Install

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F123 Series Camera Shroud Print and Install   If you have a F123 series machine and use the camera to view your builds through Grabcad Print software or the mobile app, you will notice in rooms with a fair amount of ambient light that there is a reflection. This stems from the double pane window and the camera being between them.   Stratasys has released a customer level fix for this issue and below are how you go about doing […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Waterjet Cleaning System Has No Lights, Wiper, or Pump Working

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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 […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Different 3D Printing Technologies

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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 […]

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