3D Printing Techniques

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

Stratasys FDM 3D Printer Maintenance Tips and Tricks

FDM 3D Printer Maintenance and Calibration

Keeping a properly maintained and efficient running Stratasys FDM (fused deposition modeling) 3D Printer takes time and a dedicated schedule so that your printer continues to reliably print parts as it did on day one. In the long run, a properly maintained printer is simply easier to run, more efficient, less trouble, offers better prints…

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Optimize 3D Printing from SOLIDWORKS with Print3D

Optimize 3D Printing

Optimizing part designs for 3D printing production relies heavily on using the right tools. SOLIDWORKS has taken the initiative to create a 3D design software environment that is intuitive and aids manufacturers in designing 3D printed parts. You can avoid additive manufacturing problems by leveraging SOLIDWORKS 3D design software tools, such as the Print3D feature,…

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How to Prevent 3D Print Warping with GrabCAD Print

3D Print Warping Example

To help prevent 3D Print Warping the GrabCAD Print software now includes anchor columns. Let’s take a look at how this new feature works: 3D Printed Part Curling or Warping Most of the 3D Printing process issues such as part curling, or warping, have been addressed with hardware features such as heated build chambers and…

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Three Ways to Add Screw Threads to a 3D Printed Part

Heat set insert of thread

The idea for this tip came to me as I was working on my remote-control (RC) Ornithopter design. The goal is to securely fasten the flap mechanism for flight and at the same time, a way for me to disassemble when needed. There are a few methods I can use to add threads to a…

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Assigning Multiple Materials When 3D Printing a Part in GrabCAD Print

GrabCAD Colour Transparency

With many 3D printing technologies on the market, only one reigns supreme when it comes to building parts with multiple materials at one time – Stratasys PolyJet. We find that many people get very excited about multi-material printing (and rightfully so), but they seem to quickly get intimidated by the process (NOT rightfully so). In…

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What You Need to Know About Photobleaching

Photobleaching 3D Printed Clear Material

When 3D Printing clear parts you may find an unwanted tint or coloration. In this article learn how to reduce the yellow colouring with Photobleaching. Creating optically clear parts via traditional manufacturing methods is often either cost-prohibitive, geometrically limiting, or outright impossible. Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing has allowed for a new way of thinking about prototyping…

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Using Additive Manufacturing for Custom Metal Form Tooling

Custom Metal Forming

Using production-grade FDM thermoplastics for 3D printed metal forming tools allows manufacturers to go from a form tool design to production in as little as a week. Many tools can be 3D printed in less than 24 hours with no human intervention! 3D Printed Metal Forming Example Stratasys customer East/West Industries needed to manufacture sheet metal parts…

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Using Insight stabilization features to successfully produce large-scale printed parts

Airflow direction in chamber

At Javelin we are constantly searching for areas where additive manufacturing can supplement or replace current manufacturing solutions for our clients. One of the leading areas in which additive offers an edge over traditional manufacturing is in low volume production of large-scaled parts, this can include Tier 1 automotive panels, large scale aerospace applications and…

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Removing Stratasys PolyJet Support Material

PolyJet Support

After 3D printed models from your Stratasys PolyJet printer have cooled, the support material must be removed. This can be done by different methods, depending on the type of Support material, the size of the model, how delicate it is, the amount and location of the Support material, and other factors. The methods described below…

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