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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Insight 13.10 & 13.11 Updates

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Some updates for materials and file processing have been added to Insight. If you have a need for custom tool paths and contours you will want to get the newest release for improved quality of the software and parts it provides. Below are the release notes pertaining to those updates. Insight 13.11 Updates Modeler and Material Configuration Updates • F123 ABS-ESD7 on the Stratasys F370 – ABS-ESD7 is an ABS thermoplastic with static dissipative properties for applications where a static […]

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F123 Series Build Tray Guide

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Substrates for the Stratasys F123 Series are like those used with Mojo systems and are made of the same grade ABS. One substrate is used for all model materials. Substrates are sized according to the system model number. It’s recommended to populate trays from front to back since the hot air flows from both sides. Be sure to remove all materials before reusing trays by forcefully flexing the substrate using multiple angles. Bend the tray over a large solid/stationary object […]

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Generative Design Meets Additive Manufacturing

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Certain things in this world go together. Peanut butter and chocolate, pinball machines and arcades, and Jeeps and off-road. Generative Design and Additive Manufacturing are part of the great pairing’s hall of fame. We all know what Additive Manufacturing or, 3D Printing is. 3D Printing has become a household word over the last decade. 3D Printing creates something from nothing, layer after layer to print your part. Generative design, or Topology Optimization, is like 3D Printing; building the design before […]

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Insight 13.10 and 13.11 Updates

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Some updates for materials and file processing have been added to Insight. If you have a need for custom tool paths and contours you will want to get the newest release for improved quality of the software and parts it provides. Below are the release notes pertaining to those updates. Insight 13.11 Updates Modeler and Material Configuration Updates F123 ABS-ESD7 on the Stratasys F370 – ABS-ESD7 is an ABS thermoplastic with static dissipative properties for applications where a static charge […]

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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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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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