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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Using the CMB file format with GrabCAD Print – Part 2

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Part 2 of 2 – Importing a CMB File Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology utilizes a CMB (Coordinate Machine Binary) file format as the code to drive its equipment. CMB files are typically created with the advanced Insight software for F370 and Fortus level machines, but GrabCAD Print can also export and import a CMB file. In Part 1 we discussed how, when and why to export a CMB file from GrabCAD Print. In this blog, we will focus […]

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Using the CMB file format with GrabCAD Print – Part 1

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Part 1 of 2 – Exporting a CMB File Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology utilizes a CMB (Coordinate Machine Binary) file format as the code to drive its equipment. CMB files are typically created with the advanced Insight software for F370 and Fortus level machines, but GrabCAD Print can also export and import a CMB file. Read on to learn more about how, when and why to export or import a CMB file with GrabCAD Print. The simplicity of […]

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Setting Preferences and Customizing Stratasys Insight Software

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The advanced Stratasys Insight software is available on all F370 and Fortus machines.  Within the Insight software, there is a wide array of options and customizations that can be unleashed.  Insight software can be a stand-alone installation or launched within GrabCAD Print. In GrabCAD Print choosing the Apps on the main menu bar and selecting Launch Insight (shown right) will launch the latest version of Insight (you must have an Internet connection for Insight to launch). For a comparison of […]

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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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CATI partnering with M.A.D.E.

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Computer Aided Technology, has offices in over 20 locations, covering about 1/3 of the United States. With multiple offices, this gives CATI employees the responsibility, opportunity and privilege to serve the communities that we work and live in. The St. Louis CATI team is proud to partner with M.A.D.E., a community of Makers, Artist, Designers and Entrepreneurs. CATI, with their Stratasys 3D Printers, will aid the MADE mission to cultivate local creativity, foster curiosity, and support diversity in creative practice. The […]

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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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