SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – ISO Tolerance – Modifying Symbols – #SW2019

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Welcome back to our SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Blog series. Today I will be introducing an enhancement that will help significantly with the documentation of your designs by improving the communication of your drawing tolerances. When you need to manufacture high precision parts, detailed tolerances are critical to ensure that the highest degree of accuracy is achieved. Therefore, SOLIDWORKS 2019 has added the ability to place ISO Tolerance modifying symbols and other text directly onto dimensions and tolerances. Let’s look […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Part Shift on FDM machines

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Part Shift on FDM machines Part shift is one type of part quality issue we see on FDM machines. There are several simple things that can be checked that may resolve the issue. Here we see some examples of parts shifting. The first and most simple thing to check is to  make sure the build plate is latched and secured.  If you have a Dimension 1200, Fortus or Uprint, check to see that the print head will toggle from side to side with […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: FDM Printer Head Jams – A Simple Solution

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FDM Printer Head Jams – A Simple Solution If your FDM head is frequently jamming there may be a simple solution. This can only be done on the Stratasys uPrint, Dimension 1200 and Fortus 250mc systems. Over time, the Z axis will become uncalibrated.  This can happen by itself over time or be caused by reusing build trays.  The Solution is to run a Z calibration.  This will insure that the tips are printing at the proper height away from […]

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Stratasys 3D Printing: Calibrating X and Y Offset on Very Out of Spec Stratasys FDM Printers

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Calibrating X and Y Offset on Very Out of Spec Stratasys FDM Printers     Every time you change the tips on your Stratasys FDM printer it’s required that you perfrom a Z and XY calibration. To run the Z and XY calibration test parts, select ‘Maintenance’ from the printer interface, then ‘Machine’, then ‘Tip’. After the machine heats up, it will give you the option to choose between the Z or XY calibration. The goal of the XY calibration […]

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How to Insert a Pause in a Build in Catalyst

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In Catalyst, you can tell the machine to pause at a specified layer during a build. Once the build pauses the door will unlock. You can use this technique to insert parts into the build in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. Regardless of the part inserted, it must sit flush with the last layer that was put down. You can also utilize a pause in the build to do a material change. Once paused, unload the model material and […]

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X, Y, & Z Calibration for your Uprint, 1200, and Fortus 250mc Printers

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On your FDM system you can run a number of different materials and/or colors through it. Over time the tips deteriorate and need replacing. Some colors such as blue and orange tend to leave trails of the material in the tip as well that can come out even after purging and will be embedded into your other color parts. For instances like this we recommend keeping spare tips for these colors so they don’t ruin a part after you do […]

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My FDM printer has no power

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On rare occasions your FDM machine may have no power and nothing you do will get it to boot up.  There are several causes of this fault.  It may be that your outlet is faulty or something is wrong with the machine.  Your first step should be to plug the machine into another outlet if possible.  Or plug something else into the machines outlet to verify that the incoming power is working.  If the power outlet is working then the […]

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Quick Tip: Linear Pattern-Up to Reference

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In SOLIDWORKS 2015, Up to reference was added as an option in Linear Patterns.  Typically you set the distance between the instances and the number of instances.  Now you can specify the distance up to some piece of geometry allowing the software to figure out either the distance or instance count. You still choose an edge for the pattern direction.  You now choose Up to reference and something to reference to.  You are building a much more intelligent model while […]

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Quick Tip: Linear Pattern-Up to Reference

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In SOLIDWORKS 2015, Up to reference was added as an option in Linear Patterns.  Typically you set the distance between the instances and the number of instances.  Now you can specify the distance up to some piece of geometry allowing the software to figure out either the distance or instance count. You still choose an edge for the pattern direction.  You now choose Up to reference and something to reference to.  You are building a much more intelligent model while […]

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What is the Vary Sketch Option in a Pattern?

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I have an option that you might have overlooked or just didn’t know what it does.  It’s the Vary Sketch option. The definition from the Help File says, “Select the Vary Sketch option to let the pattern instances change dimensions as they repeat.”  Let’s take a look at what you have to do and how it might help you. So what I’m going to do is create a triangular part first. Now we need to have a feature added to […]

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