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.

Prepare your SolidWorks file for FDM Printing

Prepare your SolidWorks file for FDM Printing

Avoid Obvious Tessellation during your 3D Printing Jobs How did your file get from this:  To this? Did you ever stop to check if the STL file you sent to your Stratasys printer looked like this? The solution to this problem is simple… check the STL Save Options: Before you click Save! Set the resolution […]

If you drop a FDM printed part… will it break?

3D Printing. Rapid Prototyping. Additive Manufacturing. Stereo-lithography (SLA). Selective Laser Sintering (SLA). Direct Digital Manufacturing. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). Many of you have heard of at least one of those terms or technologies, and we sometimes get asked: “what are the advantages of FDM technology?” Well, the story below is a good example of how […]

FDM Support Material Best Practices

FDM Support Material Best Practices

For printers that use SST support (Dimension Elite, 768SST, SST1200(es), all uPrint variants, Fortus 250mc). If the printer is not going to be used for three days a week or more, unload the support material and store it in a large zip lock bag, with some desiccant packs if you have any (save these from […]

His and Her’s. His: Black to White. Her’s: Red to Ivory.

How to Prevent Color Bleeds in FDM Printed Parts

We love printing in different colors. It makes parts more fun, helps distinguish certain features and provides pertinent information such as warnings or notices. One thing we’ve noticed is that when switching from a darker color to a lighter color in a uPrintplus or Dimension 3D printer, the darker color bleeds ever so slightly into […]

5 Tips to Improve Build Speed on FDM Machines

5 Tips to Improve Build Speed on FDM Machines

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while designing your parts or prepping your files to be printed on a Stratasys FDM 3D printer. 1. If possible, design or orient parts to prevent any 45 degree surfaces. Surfaces at 45 degrees or more from vertical will require support material 2. Use sparse mode […]