3D Printing

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GrabCAD Shop adds new cost calculator feature

GrabCAD Shop solution

GrabCAD Shop has been a very useful tool that allows many users to save both time and money but was missing an important feature – calculating the cost of print jobs. Recently, a new cost calculator feature was added which gives the operator the ability to quote work orders. How does it work? When a…

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Sacrificial Hollow Mold Tooling with ST-130 3D Printing Material

Sacrificial tooling - ST-130

Using composite structures is a great way to reduce weight and gain strength. However, creating these structures is labor intensive and costly. As a result, manufacturers must often compromise on innovation, design functionality, and number of iterations to meet strict deadlines and stay within budget. One of the biggest challenges involves making hollow composite structures…

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3D Printing Application: Functional Prototyping

functional prototyping

Replacement parts for vintage race cars are often difficult to obtain because they are no longer produced. The demand may be too small for the manufacturer to justify or in some cases, the manufacturer may no longer exist. Using functional prototyping with 3D printed parts allows cost effective small-batch production of parts as needed, minimizing…

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A Simple Workflow to 3D Print Your SOLIDWORKS Concept Models

3D print your SOLIDWORKS models

Product design workflow is easier than ever before, thanks to Stratasys 3D printers and SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software. Read on to find out how you can 3D print your SOLIDWORKS models: The Workflow Problem Amazing technology isn’t useful if you can’t take full advantage of its benefits. Achieving realistic 3D printed models from SOLIDWORKS shouldn’t…

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Path to Aircraft Certification for Additive Manufacturing with Stratasys F900

Additive manufacturing (AM) is becoming widely recognized as one of the production methods for nearly all industries including aerospace, particularly in aircraft manufacturing. In the early stages of AM in aerospace, the technology had been limited to producing tools and indirect manufacturing aid used to help other traditional manufacturing processes. In recent years however, more…

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Leveraging the strength of 3D Printed Carbon Fiber on the Shop Floor

3D printed carbon fiber tooling

Your goals are clear: high productivity and worker safety, low cost and materials that can withstand the rigors of a manufacturing environment. Traditional manufacturing has its place but it’s not the only path to strong parts. Additive manufacturing (AM) using carbon fiber-filled nylon material 3D prints strong, lightweight parts with a high strength-to weight ratio…

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3D Printing Illusory Materials with PolyJet Technology

3D Optical Illusory Materials and Textiles

Lenticular printing has existed in the design world for years, and is often associated with novelty toys, movie posters, and trading cards. The technique combines two or more images with an array of magnifying lenses – or a lenticular lens – to create a design that changes depending on the viewing angle. This can be…

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Exploring Creative Prototyping in Consumer Goods

Prototyping a Controller model

Prototyping for consumer goods often involves a balance between producing multiple design iterations in a short amount of time, yet achieving a high level of realism for each piece. This process has typically limited designers, making multiple iterations expensive and time consuming. Now, with technology like the Stratasys® PolyJet 3D printers, designers don’t have to…

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How to manage dimensional tolerances in 3D printing

managing dimensional tolerances

In this article we are going to discuss some of the most common errors we often see from customers using FDM technology and how to manage dimensional tolerances. 3D printing is a great manufacturing tool that can produce near-net shape geometry without multiple operations. For producing complex geometries which would typically involve multiple setups and…

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