This week Stratasys announced the global availability of GrabCAD Print, a print-preparation and monitoring tool which now offers wide-ranging compatibility with the company’s Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers.
The cloud-based application, GrabCAD Print reads CAD files natively and eliminates or minimizes the need to export to STL, significantly streamlining the design-to-3D-print workflow. GrabCAD Print network connectivity enables job preparation, scheduling and monitoring of an increasing portfolio of Stratasys printers from anywhere.
In addition, built-in collaboration allows users to track printer usage from their desk, remote offices, or even a mobile app, letting users know when the printers will next be free and when their prints will be ready.
While testing the software in beta for the 5 months before its release, one user, Ashley Guertin, a Materials and Process Engineer at LIFT by EnCore, commented that GrabCAD Print was:
“One of the most intuitive print preparations tools I’ve ever used. I downloaded the software and was up and running in the same day.”
Currently, GrabCAD Print will automatically find and work with the following Stratasys printers:
- uPrint Series
- Dimension 1200
- Fortus 250mc
- Fortus 380mc
- Fortus 450mc
And there are more 3D printers being added in 2017, including the new multi-material, multi-color J750 printer.