Stratasys F123 Series Materials – ABS, ASA, PC-ABS, TPU 92A

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The F123 series from Stratasys unlocks so much more potential in 3D printing than its predecessors. Faster heat up, faster material swapping, and a modern age touch screen interface are just a few of the things that make these 3D printers stand out among other systems. The biggest addition, in my opinion, is the ability to print multiple materials. The legacy machines could only print ABS, but these systems can now print ABS, ASA, PC-ABS, and the newly released TPU […]

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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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3D Printing Materials: FDM and Polyjet

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Early this week I was at the CATI Product Development forum held at the NIU Rockford, IL campus. We had a great attendee turnout for this event. I conducted a presentation on materials for FDM and Polyjet and applications where there could be a crossover using either both or separate technologies. I thought I would provide some slides from this presentation along with commentary. I start my presentation by stating additive manufacturing technologies have been around for some time now […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Favorite Materials

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I like simple UI changes that save time.  The favorite materials list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 is one new example.  We’ve been creating custom lists of our favorite materials in SOLIDWORKS for some time now.  How long?  Well, I had to go back through all of the What’s New PDFs to find out.  The Materials Editor Property Manager was added in SOLIDWORKS 2004!  This screen capture shows what we’re used to seeing in our SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree for adding materials […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Favorite Materials

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I like simple UI changes that save time.  The favorite materials list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 is one new example.  We’ve been creating custom lists of our favorite materials in SOLIDWORKS for some time now.  How long?  Well, I had to go back through all of the What’s New PDFs to find out.  The Materials Editor Property Manager was added in SOLIDWORKS 2004!  This screen capture shows what we’re used to seeing in our SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree for adding materials […]

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Materials in Design Studies

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Since it is the Christmas season, why don’t we look at one of the great presents we were given in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2013!  While there were many great enhancements this year, and it is very difficult to pick a favorite new Simulation toy, here is one that I personally rank towards the top of my list.  The ability to use SOLIDWORKS Materials in Design Studies was a great gift, also known as an enhancement, to Simulation!   Prior to this release, […]

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