3D Printing

Stratasys tech tips and tutorials, specific to the Fused Deposition Modeling and PolyJet 3D printers. Printers and maintenance blog posts cover MakerBot, uPrint, Dimension, Fortus, Objet Desktop, Eden, Connex, and Ojet1000 Plus printers as well as materials and related topics.

Deleting Support Material In Stratasys Insight Software

Deleting Support Material In Stratasys Insight Software

One of the most popular operations I show users when I install a Stratasys FDM printer with Insight software is the delete support function. This is a necessity to build parts that will need less post processing time. This feature is mostly used to delete support out of holes that run horizontally thru a part. If you […]

How To Get 3D Printed Production Parts Faster

How To Get 3D Printed Production Parts Faster

Now you can have large 3D printed parts quickly using the Acceleration Kit for the Fortus 900mc. The new larger diameter T40A delivers 2-3x faster builds than the T20 tip. Available with Stratasys ASA and ULTEM 1010 material, you can quickly print large jigs and fixtures, tooling and prototypes to end use parts. This is a […]

3D Printed SOLIDWORKS Snowflake Puzzle Guide

3D Printed SOLIDWORKS Snowflake Puzzle Guide

Each year we like to feature  holiday themed technical tips to keep the end of year chaos at bay. This year, I was inspired by a wooden brain-teaser puzzle I saw at a local craft supply store. So I bought one, reverse-engineered it in SOLIDWORKS, and made some artistic changes to bring out the snowflake shape I saw […]

Soluble Support Now Available On PolyJet Desktop 3D Printers For Intricate Architectural Models

Soluble Support Now Available On PolyJet Desktop 3D Printers For Intricate Architectural Models

For years the only soluble support solution has been from the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers. Soluble support is a fantastic feature that allows complex geometry to be built and survive the wash cycle as the support material dissolves away in a bath. The problem until recently is we were limited to lower layer resolutions due […]

3D Printed Storm Trooper Helmet Part 2: The Rogue Painter

3D Printed Storm Trooper Helmet Part 2: The Rogue Painter

When we last heard from our fearless Engineer he had printed and glued together 16 different pieces of a Storm Trooper helmet. Now is the time to fully finish the helmet and make it look like the real thing. There are many ways to finish a 3D printed part. The process I will go through is […]

New GrabCAD Print Making Your 3D Printing Workflow More Efficient

New GrabCAD Print Making Your 3D Printing Workflow More Efficient

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 […]

Full Color 3D Printing Options With Stratasys PolyJet Technology

Full Color 3D Printing Options With Stratasys PolyJet Technology

One on the most appealing aspects of Stratasys PolyJet line of 3D printers is the ability to create highly arcuate and detailed parts. While these parts suitable for a wide range of applications including design verification, analysis, and even limited functional testing, where the technology really excels is in creating high quality models for presentations […]

3D Printed Skin-On-Frame Kayak Water Test

3D Printed Skin-On-Frame Kayak Water Test

Over the summer CAPINC Applications Engineer, Andy Jaskey, worked on building a 3D printed skin-on-frame kayak. He was kind enough to take us along for the journey, recording in detail his process of creating the initial kayak shape in SOLIDWORKS, testing it within Simulation, optimizing that design in solidThinking Inspire, further testing the updated design and then […]

IMTS 2016 – New Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator Will Make 3D Printing At Home On The Manufacturing Floor

IMTS 2016 – New Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator Will Make 3D Printing At Home On The Manufacturing Floor

I had the good fortune to be able to attend the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show at the McCormick Center in Chicago this week. IMTS is a manufacturing show that exhibits cutting edge technologies in aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and medical industries, and is attended by over 100,000 people each year. The vastness of the McCormick Center […]

3D Printing Support Material Options

3D Printing Support Material Options

When it comes to 3D printing support material is often necessary for intricate geometries, unless the model is self-supporting. In this blog I will lay out the different support materials and the different styles they are printed in. I will talk about self-supporting angles and why support material is sometimes not needed. And I will […]