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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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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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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Get Your 3D Printer Back Up and Running Quickly

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There could be a number of reasons to contact 3DVision Technical Support regarding your Stratasys 3D Printer. Whether you have received an error message or just need help with build quality, we will always be here for our customers. There are a few things to do to get to a resolution as quickly as possible. 1. A picture is worth a thousand words. Take a few pictures of the parts, error messages, screen shots, or anything else that may be […]

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3D Printing – Improving Precision, Productivity and Patient Satisfaction

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I once had a co-worker  that told me being an engineer is a life-time of learning.  I have often kept this at the back of my mind throughout my career and it has become very important in my role here at 3DVision Technologies.  I may not know the answer to the problem, but I know where to look and who to ask when I need to.  My role is to try to help potential customers integrate our technology, Additive Manufacturing […]

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3D Printing – Improving Precision, Productivity and Patient Satisfaction

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I once had a co-worker  that told me being an engineer is a life-time of learning.  I have often kept this at the back of my mind throughout my career and it has become very important in my role here at 3DVision Technologies.  I may not know the answer to the problem, but I know where to look and who to ask when I need to.  My role is to try to help potential customers integrate our technology, Additive Manufacturing […]

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Fused Deposition Modeling FAQ’s

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, invented by Stratasys, builds professional-quality models, prototypes and parts in a range of production-grade thermoplastics. It is easy to use, reliable, clean and office friendly. Learn more with some of the most frequently asked questions answered! 1. What file format do I need to process a part for my Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) system? The Short Answer — FDM requires the use of an STL file. The Extended Version — The process of 3D printing begins […]

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