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.
Entry level and hobby 3D printers offer an inexpensive alternative to production-grade, big budget 3D printers. They are great for first-time users, but users often come up against serious drawbacks shortly after investing in hobby 3D printers. The Achilles heel(s) of the entry level hobby 3D printer market have proven to include: Time needed by an […]
Despite being around for 20 years, many people are unaware of how 3D printing works. Often times people think of a normal inkjet printer and wonder how it can produce a 3D image. CAPINC has come up with a way to better help those new to the idea understand what 3D printing is in a […]
With any purchase that we make in life, we all look for the same thing: a great deal. 3D printers are no different with one exception to consider: How much do you really know about them and the manufacturers who provide them? Today we’re going to discuss whether eBay, Craigslist and other marketplaces are cost-effective […]
The MakerBot Replicator 2X is the only MakerBot with dual extrusion, adding a new level of creativity to users’ 3D printing needs. If you’ve ever printed using the machine and had issues with parts not sticking to the platform, we have a few tricks of the trade to help with successful builds. Don’t Print with […]
3D Printed Parts for the Medical Industry: Can FDM Materials be Used when Sterilization is Required?
Making parts for the medical industry is challenging. Stringent testing and cleaning of parts minimize choices due to limited performance. Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) can be an attractive option for a number of medical applications. Applications include but not limited to: Imaging systems Laboratory instrumentation Surgical planning models Templates during surgery Tools that come in […]
As a Stratasys reseller, we are continually asked about model and support material tips for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) systems. In a past blog post I explained some basic tips on unloading and reloading FDM materials. Today I want to explain common best practices for model and support material storage. Depending on where your business […]
The simple terminology that we typically use here at CAPINC to differentiate the two groups of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) is Rapid Prototyping (RP) vs Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM). An RP printer is just what it sounds like – it is used for making fast prototypes, usually in multiple iterations for form and fit, while […]
With their recent partnership with Stratasys, MakerBot 3D printers have set the standard for desktop 3D printing. Now offering the 5th generation of products, MakerBot is now more reliable then ever. It’s easy to use interface and seamless workflow has allowed MakerBot to set high standards in consumer level 3D printing. In today’s vlog CAPINC’s […]
Today we are going to use a nice feature that was found on Thingiverse.com that allows parametric models to be modified without needing a CAD program. In this instance we are creating a new name plate for one of our co-workers who just got married, using this model. When you open the link it give […]
Today’s vlog will show you how to easily add metal threads to your Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and PolyJet prototype parts. This is a great tech tip if you are building a prototype that will be taken apart and reassembled multiple times.