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    3D Printing, Stratasys

    Stereolithography for Investment Casting

    October 6, 2020

    Ever wonder what the best way is to produce your metal part or prototype? There are metal 3D printing options available which offer both powder and non-powder options, but sometimes the process simply requires casting to be the right solution. In this article, we'll introduce you to Stereolithography as an option for investment casting and see how it stacks up against more traditional methods.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, Engineering Services

    Using 3D Printing to Quickly Create Your Mold Designs

    October 5, 2020

    Every day people walk around without realizing just how much mold manufacturing impacts their lives. The mouse being used to navigate around this post was built with molded parts. The shell of your cellphone, the plastic cup you use to get a drink of water and parts of your shades or eyeglasses are made through manufacturing using molds. Manufacturing with metal molds is a large part of today’s manufacturing process, but these aren’t the only kinds of molds that can be beneficial to companies.

    3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    The Easiest Clean Up Process for a PolyJet 3D Printer

    September 29, 2020

    Proper printer maintenance is key for the optimal performance and longevity of your 3D printer, so today I want to discuss a quick and easy way to take care of your new Stratasys J55. We’re going to run through the Routine Cleaning Wizard, which should be utilized after each build.

    3D Printing, 3D Scanning, PolyJet Technology, MakerBot, Education

    Surprising Ways a Criminal Justice Department Can Use 3D Printing

    September 18, 2020

    Throughout this series of articles, we have looked at how different departments across multiple universities have used 3D printing as part of their curricula and projects. So far, we have explored areas such as Performing Arts, Engineering and Chemistry. With its versatility, 3D printing has impacted areas that one wouldn't normally consider when it comes to implementing these technologies. Did you know that some universities have used 3D printing to solve cold cases? Let's look at some examples throughout this article in our series.

    3D CAD, 3D Printing, GrabCAD Print, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Applying Color Textures Using the .3MF File Format

    September 15, 2020

    During the product development lifecycle, an industrial designer will create multiple versions of a product in various finishes, textures and colors. Using the new .3MF file format, we can apply a texture in a CAD program, such as SOLIDWORKS, and save the file in a format that retains that texture and can be used for 3D printing.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

    End-of-Arm Tooling: Making the Right Tool for the Job

    September 8, 2020

    Robotic automation, frequently in the form of robotic arms, is used across multiple industries to automate tasks that require precision and call for high repeatability. End-of-Arm Tooling (EOAT) is one of the main components of robotic technology and typically refers to the device attached at the end of a robotic arm. In many cases, these robotic arms are used continuously for long periods and eventually need to be replaced, halting production, and becoming a financial burden. Traditional methods used to replace these parts, similar to CNC, can take up to 24 hours to produce a new part and do not guarantee the part will fit in the EOAT. Thankfully, 3D printing brings a solution to minimize downtime and ensure the replacement part will fit perfectly the first time. Let's look at some examples of how different companies in multiple industries have taken advantage of 3D printing to quickly fix their EOAT.

    3D Printing, GrabCAD Print, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    How to Use GrabCAD Print's Adaptive Slice

    September 1, 2020

    Have you ever sat and stared at your printer while it hums away making your part and thought to yourself “What if I could print my part at different resolutions based on the level of detail in a certain area of the part?” Well, good news, this is now a reality. If you didn’t think that, then I hope you are asking yourself “why didn’t I think of that?” Now, with the most recent update to GrabCAD Print, select Stratasys FDM machines have the option to utilize a new feature called Adaptive Slice.

    3D Printing, Education

    Surprising Ways a Performing Arts Department Can Use 3D Printing

    August 28, 2020

    In our most recent article in this series, we went through how 3D printing is influencing and bringing changes to engineering departments across different schools. Other departments like fine arts also have the need to create prototypes, for props and costumes. The show must go on as they say and 3D printing has been instrumental in making sure that happens. In this article, we look at how fine arts departments are including 3D printing in their curriculum and what impact this technology has had when it comes to theatrical productions and theater art classes.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, GrabCAD Print, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    How to Reinforce Your FDM Part in GrabCAD Print

    August 18, 2020

    In this Video Tech Tip, we go over some easy ways to add strength to your FDM parts in GrabCAD Print. GrabCAD allows users to effectively add strength to certain areas without using excess materials.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Installing Heat-set Inserts Into FDM Parts

    August 4, 2020

    So you need threads within your plastic 3D printed part and you are questioning the holding strength of printed or threads, and you should. There are few applications where a 3D printed threaded hole for a piece of conventional hardware will do the trick. It is okay, we don’t need to sugar coat it, 3D printing can do some downright amazing things, but 3D printed threads are not high on the list. How about under sizing the hole and reaming it and tapping a threaded hole? Great question and a great solution in some situations. Depending on how fine the thread pitch is, the end condition of the hole, your available tap sizes and expected pulling force – cut threads might not, well…cut it. Chances are, what you need is a threaded insert.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, 3D Printing Materials

    PolyJet 3D Printing for LSR Molding and Soft-Touch Jigs and Fixtures

    July 27, 2020

    The Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology lets you produce high-quality, high-accuracy parts and prototypes at a reduced production cost. Many times, however, your prototypes might need a little hand to help you achieve the desired result. In this blog article, we review some of the processes that can help you create the ideal casting molds for your parts or prototypes, such as Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding (LSR), using the PolyJet technology. We review their differences and which materials are suitable for each of these processes to aid you in getting your ideal end-result.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, Education

    Surprising Ways an Engineering Department Can Use 3D Printing

    July 21, 2020

    As we have seen throughout this series, departments in different areas such as healthcare and fine arts have benefited from 3D printing and have taken advantage of the different 3D printing technologies available. Today, engineering departments are also implementing 3D printing to expand their students' knowledge and prepare them for future jobs in manufacturing. Different universities have implemented rapid prototyping centers or created curricula to offer advanced additive manufacturing degrees or certifications. In today's article, we go over some of these programs.