How To: Preventative Maintenance DIY Guide for your Stratasys FDM System

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If you have a Stratasys Dimension 1200, Dimension Elite, uPrint, or Fortus 250mc, then doing preventative maintenance is a simple process that can be done on your own. You will first need to obtain a preventative maintenance kit from Stratasys by ordering it through your local reseller. Once the kit arrives you will notice that it contains 4 chamber fans, (2 for uPrint), a head cooling fan, and some covers for the print head. We do not replace the head […]

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How to Replace and Calibrate Your Uprint Tips

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How to Replace and Calibrate Your Uprint Tips Removing Tips Enter Tip Maintenance – Replace Tips. From Idle, Select Maintenance > Machine > Tip > then Replace. The printer will display Load Model – Unloading, followed by Tip Maintenance – Adjusting Temperature. After the temperature has stabilized, the printer will display Tip Maintenance – Replace Tips. You can now open the printer door and replace the tips – or you can Cancel the tip replacement procedure. Remove Plastic Head Cover […]

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Obtaining a .CFG file from a Stratasys FDM Printer

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When contacting your local reseller for issues with your Stratasys FDM printer we recommend sending the .CFG file.  The .CFG file is a log file that contains all the machines information. It is very detailed and can greatly assist with troubleshooting machines. The files contain information about temperatures, calibrations, printing material and error codes.  These files can be obtained through either Catalyst or Insight (control center) print software.  In both programs, it’s located under the services tab then “export configuration” […]

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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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How to Insert a Pause in a Build in Catalyst

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In Catalyst, you can tell the machine to pause at a specified layer during a build. Once the build pauses the door will unlock. You can use this technique to insert parts into the build in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. Regardless of the part inserted, it must sit flush with the last layer that was put down. You can also utilize a pause in the build to do a material change. Once paused, unload the model material and […]

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Rocket Science is Easy! The Build

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The previous two installments of this blog ‘Rocket Science is Easy!’ we learned how the rocket was designed, and how the rocket is predicted to perform.  With the third blog I wanted to do something a little different and include a video showing the assembly of the rocket.  In the video my sons Matthew and Henry help out with the build.  As the video progresses you will see that the cool factor of a rocket brought more curious kids from […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS & Stratasys put the POW Back in Power Wheels Part 2

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Previously in my last blog “SOLIDWORKS & Stratasys put the POW Back in Power Wheels Part 1“ I discussed the origins of the beloved Jeep Power Wheels.  The Jeep lasted for 24 years and 14 hard playing kids before it was almost set out to pasture.  After rescuing the Power Wheels, the plan was simple make the Jeep Better, Smarter, and Faster.  With the help of my son Matthew we were able to turn a worn out toy into a like […]

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