3D Printing Techniques

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

A closer look at 3D Printing Support Structures and their effect on part wash time

Support material used to fill in the channels.
Soluble Supports The use of soluble support material lifts one of the biggest barriers in designing for Additive Manufacturing (AM), which is the generation of complex structures and embedded channels within parts. Soluble 3D Printing Support Structures are designed to dissolve in a wash station, leaving only the model material behind. For context, the “wash…
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How to 3D Print Parts with Moving Components in One Print Job

The final hinge print.
3D printing fully assembled, multi-component parts in a single job allows you to see dynamic components working in their prototyping stages. Rather than 3D printing smaller parts and assembling them together, you can reduce the workload by printing the full part in a single print. Once the supports are washed, you have a seamless, perfectly…
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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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