3D Printing Techniques

Learn about different 3D Printing Techniques for creating prototypes and end-use parts

What happens when you import an Insight .cmb file into GrabCAD Print?

“When I import a Stratasys Insight .cmb file into GrabCAD Print it looks nothing like the model I want to print?” Don’t worry, it’s NOT broken! Here is an explanation of what is going on. Let’s say you want to print this bracket: Generally, it’s better to print brackets out as solid, and for this…

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Calibrating the Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D Printer

Fortus 450MC

Take designs from virtual to real in hours, not weeks. From functional prototypes with exacting tolerances, to manufacturing tools that perform under pressure, the Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D production system sets a high bar for speed, performance and accuracy. The Fortus 450mc provides three distinct advantages: a larger build envelope at 406 x 355 x 406…

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Removing and Cleaning the Fortus 450 Print Head

Fortus 450 printer guide rail

The process of removing and cleaning a Fortus 450 print head takes a little bit of time and requires a lot of care with individual components. Watch the video below to learn how: Unloading Material Before removing the Fortus 450 print head, you need to make sure there isn’t any material in it. Unloading the material from…

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GrabCAD Print: Optimizing Your 3D Print Job

GRAB CAD Sparse Infill

GrabCAD Print is a versatile software that allows for seamless and effortless transfer of 3D models from the modelling environment to the printer. GrabCAD is easy to use and doesn’t take much time getting used to. The video above gives a brief overview of the entire process of preparing your part for 3D printing. There…

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3D Printing Procedure for a Stratasys F123 Machine

F170 Touch Screen

Setting up a print job on the Stratasys F170 is quite simple and straight forward. One of the biggest strengths of a Stratasys F123 series machine is its ability to accept almost all 3D model file types, including and not limited to: .obj .stl .sldprt .iges All this is possible with the help of GrabCAD…

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Choosing the right Stratasys 3D Printer Slicer Tool

Stratasys 3D Printer Slicer Tools: GrabCAD Print vs. Insight GrabCAD Print and Insight are both specifically tailored for Stratasys 3D printers. The main difference here is that GrabCAD Print was built for Stratasys’ Idea Series and Design Series printers and Insight was built by Stratasys for their Production Series printers. Which one is better? How they look…

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3D Printing Tutorial: How to Embed and Print Parts with VeroClear Material

VeroClear Material Medical Example

VeroClear is a transparent material that simulates PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate), commonly known as acrylic. Like PMMA, VeroClear material is used as an alternative to glass and is ideal for concept modeling and design verification of clear parts such as eye wear, light covers and medical devices. In this blog post we will explain the steps…

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FDM Thermoform Tooling: What It Is and Why It Works

There’s a good chance you interact with multiple thermoformed products on a daily basis, whether that be in your grocery store, your car, or probably even your fridge. But what does it mean if something is thermoformed? Thermoforming is a conventional plastics forming process where heat is used to bring a sheet of plastic to its sagging point,…

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