As the saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. And there’s more than one thousand ways to 3D print a part. There are tons of factors that go into producing a physical object from your digital file. From choice of material, resolution, density, orientation, scale, speed, and so on.
Most slicing software have limited features and controls. This means you are stuck with what the software gives you and that’s it. But with Insight, you have complete control over practically every parameter of your parts build.
What Is Insight Software?
Insight is a slicing software that is used with all of the Stratasys Fortus line of 3D printers. This includes the:
A slicing software, like Insight, takes your 3D model from the CAD program you’re using, and translates that into usable instructions for your 3D printer. Properly understanding and using the software can save you thousands of hours and thousands of dollars on your builds.
Sure time and money are important, but it’s also so much more than that. Insight can also help you produce parts with unique properties and characteristics that were previously thought impossible.
Although often overlooked, the control that Insight gives you is invaluable. The ability to completely control every aspect of the printing process gives the user unprecedented freedom and flexibility, adding even more value to the process and the parts being printed.
Show Me How
Give me 30 seconds to show you how you can save a couple hundred dollars. Take this part for example: It’s a fixture plate that’s going to be used as an assembly fixture in an automotive plant. It’s going to need high wear resistance, and also good strength and accuracy, so I’m going to print it in Nylon-12 on our Fortus 450mc printer.
A very basic slicing software would generate the file I needed, but with only the basic parameters of infill and support style chosen. Estimated Build Time: 61 hours Estimated Material Usage: 109.5 cubic inches Sixty-one hours sounds excessive. Luckily we can spend a few moments to utilize a few key tools in Insight to optimize this build for cost, speed, AND performance.
In roughly one minute of working with the Insight software, modifying layer resolution, density, extrusion width, and deleting unnecessary supports, I’ve brought the build time down to 12 hours. That’s a difference of 49 hours. It also brings the print to 38.7 cubic inches of material from 109.5 cubic inches originally. That’s almost 71 cubic inches of material SAVED on a single build. That’s some serious money right there.
With the knowledge and experience you can gain from an Insight training class, you and your employees could be saving time and money on every single build you send to your machine. Enable your designers and engineers to create better parts, in less time, for less money.