Recycle with Stratasys

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As I visit customer sites, I am amazed at the stacks of empty material spools, cartridges, canisters and containers stacked up and collecting dust from 3D Printing of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and/or PolyJet equipment. Some customers still do not know that Stratasys offers a recycling program for these empty material containers at no shipping cost to the customer. Stratasys will provide you a shipping label to return empty containers Start your recycling process by visiting https://www.stratasys.com/recycling. On the website, […]

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Stratasys F120 Filament Recovery

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F120 Filament Recovery With the Stratasys F120’s huge filament boxes holding 200 cubic inches of 3D print material we can build lots of parts without worrying about running out in the middle of a build. Stratasys has gone to great lengths to maintain the long-term quality of this large amount of material by sealing it from humidity. But it happened… I lost the filament in the feed tube when swapping from ABS to ASA. You could break the seal on […]

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Stratasys FDM Material Handling & Storage

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FDM Material Handling & Storage: When handling 3D print material that is on an open spool use two hands. Hold the spool with one hand and the filament with the other before loading and after unloading from a 3D printer. If the filament becomes free to unwind on its own, be sure to carefully place it back on the spool without cross winding. If the filament becomes cross wound, it will cause jams and break off the spool during the […]

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Prevent Moisture in Your FDM Filament

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As a 3D Printing Technician we get to travel to customers and see their printers in various locations. The rooms the printers are housed in can be large as an airplane hangar, small as a broom closet, or anything in between. When working with FDM 3D printing in any size setting, you could run into some level of moisture issues with your print material. Moisture can be absorbed in FDM material which can lead to poor quality prints as well […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.36 Released

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Build number 1.36.17.57117 released on 20 November 2019 Important Notification: Support for Windows 7 is ending. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. GrabCAD Print 1.37 (scheduled for December 17, 2019) will be the final release supported on Windows 7. Stratasys will stop providing software updates for GrabCAD Print on Windows 7, will no longer ensure that GrabCAD Print works on Windows 7, and will not offer support for […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.37 Released

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Build number 1.37.15.57828 released on 18 December 2019 The latest GrabCAD Print release is short; but packed with powerful enhancements for PolyJet 3D Printing. It’s also the last release supported on Windows 7. General Changes/Improvements: Traveler Document for Manufacturing Notes: It is now possible to preview and create a PDF traveler document containing the manufacturing notes and screenshots of the models for the currently active tray.  To use this feature, select the part, click the right mouse button and from the pop-up […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.36 Released

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Build number 1.36.17.57117 released on 20 November 2019 Important Notification: Support for Windows 7 is ending. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. GrabCAD Print 1.37 (scheduled for December 17, 2019) will be the final release supported on Windows 7. Stratasys will stop providing software updates for GrabCAD Print on Windows 7, will no longer ensure that GrabCAD Print works on Windows 7, and will not offer support for […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.33 Released

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GrabCAD Print Build number 1.33.10.54793 released on 20 August 2019 FDM Changes/Improvements: On printers that are supported by Advanced FDM, some advanced features are now available in the Model Settings tab. These include infill density, infill angle, and body thickness, and when CAD files are used, the ability to change a cylindrical hole into a self-supporting diamond. The Advanced FDM mode, introduced in version 1.24,  is now supported on the Stratasys F170, F270, F370, all Fortus (250, 380, 400, 450, […]

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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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How to Quickly Add Texture to FDM 3D Prints in SOLIDWORKS

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Adding texture to your FDM 3D prints is a cool and clever way to hide layer lines on vertical walls. Doing this can really make your parts look professional and practical. Follow along this simple tutorial to create your own textured parts in SOLIDWORKS. 1. Open your model. 2. Highlight the face(s) that you want to add the texture to and then go to edit appearance. 3. On the Right side of the screen, open the “Miscellaneous” folder and select […]

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