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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

CATI Serving the Community

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Serving the Community Computer Aided Technology, LLC is growing. We now have offices in over 20 locations, covering over 1/3 of the United States. With multiple offices, this gives CATI employees the opportunity and privilege to serve the many communities that we work and live in.     Recently the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri put on their 38th Annual Fashion Show to benefit inpatient and outpatient cancer services. Our office in St. Louis was proud to create many of the children’s accessories for the fashion show. gboth FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and PolyJet printing equipment from Stratasys to 3D print bracelets, tiaras, bow-ties, jewelry, etc. for

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Posted in Modeling, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Simplifying the 3D Printing Process with GrabCAD Print

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Simplifying the 3D Printing Process with GrabCAD Print   GrabCAD Print has been partnered with Stratasys make the entire process smoother from start to finish to managing everything in between. Even monitoring and reporting the usage of all the printers in the office too.     For as long as 3D printing has been around you have always needed to convert your CAD file into a STL file to be able to process and print it. It has always been this extra step involved that adds links to the chain and increases the possibility of file translation errors. But GrabCAD Print has been making good progress in this field.  

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Posted in Rapid Prototyping, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Stratasys 3D Printing: F123’s New Calibration Part

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NEW FDM F123 Calibration Part   The new line of FDM machines but Stratasys, the F123 series, is out and it has even more upgrades than you can shake a stick at. One of those is the new Calibration Part for the new Print Heads. It uses less material, is larger, and is easier to read.     If your not familiar with the old FDM calibration part it looked like this.     It worked well but there were some issues with it. This part works but picking the point where the support material is in the middle of the road of two lines of model material. You pick

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Posted in Digital Prototyping

SOLIDWORKS: Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project

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Macros Redux For the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Project   Several years past, I took a look at macro functions within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  Macros are a predefined section of symbols and circuits that speed up our design with reuse of existing work. The advantage being that instead of having to open an existing project and copy – paste, users can simply place a macro on any project from the library panel and place on a page.   A new addition to the software in recent years is the Project Macro. Project macros fill in the gap where regular scheme macros fall short. A project macro can be made up

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SolidWorks Electrical

3D Printing: What to Print with Your New Makerbot

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What to Print with Your New Makerbot   Let’s say you’re one of the lucky people who got a new MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D Printer for Christmas. Now what do you do with it? You have seen all the amazing things people have been creating with them and you’re wondering where to start. You probably know a bit about how to try and make your own STL models from scratch using a CAD program, but if you’re not lucky enough to have a license of SOLIDWORKS on hand to play with, it can take some time to model up the parts you will want to print. Lucky for you, there

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Posted in Digital Prototyping, General Info, Rapid Prototyping, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Stratasys 3D Printing: Accuracy of Stratasys FDM vs. Hobbiest FDM Machines

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Accuracy of Stratasys FDM vs. Hobbiest FDM Machines   What is the actual difference between Stratasys FDM machines and hobbiest FDM Printers?   There are so many FDM machines out there on the market today that utilize FDM technology and it can be hard to distinguish between them. Parts off one machine can look just as good as parts off a different one. But one of the main things to take into consideration is Reliability and Repeatability. If you are thinking of using 3D Printing in a commercial means at all, then those are some big points to hit on.   Lots of machines out there claim high accuracy and

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Posted in Design Validation, Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

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