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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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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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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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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What Can’t You Design In SolidWorks? #2

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RC Hovercraft #2 – SolidWorks To review, I had 4 main design criteria for the Remote Control Hover Craft. Utilize the SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Suite of software to develop and optimize the hovercraft design. The RC Hovercraft’s main components will be 3D Printed using the Stratasys UPrint. Easy to Assemble. I want to make the assembly as easy and as straight forward as possible with concise instructions. For purchases components, use low cost, off the shelf components including the […]

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The uPrint is Go

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So, I took advantage of the “Cash for Clunkers” deal and purchased a new Honda Fit.(Sorry, I’ve been loyal to Honda ever since I worked for one of their suppliers).Anyways, I traded in my 99 Ford Explorer for a pretty small hatchback that’s been averaging almost 40mpg on the highway.Its first true test came when we had to relocate one of our 3D printers – the uPrint.Below is a photo of the results… It fit in the Fit (thanks to […]

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