Have you ever wondered why there are different types of 3D printer file formats? Well, these various formats carry the encoded information that includes geometry, texture, color, transparency and more. The format dictates the variety of the information available and makes it possible for 3D printers to read. However, there are quite a few to choose from. Today I am going to share with you which ones are the most common and what information they carry to help you determine what will be the best fit for your 3D printing project.
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May 7, 2021
We all know that a well-maintained machine will produce better printers for a longer period of time. The previous generation of Polyjet 3D Printers proved difficult to maintain with cumbersome and confusing wizards and processes. Stratasys was well aware of this and has taken extensive measures with the new generation of 3D printers to make it easier to take care of your printer and far easier to navigate maintenance steps. Let's dive in and take look at the Head Optimization Wizard.
April 16, 2021
Communication is an area we can all work on, even in the 3D printing space. But never fear, GrabCAD Print has a little-used tool to help annotate and mark up parts for both file setup and secondary operations. This tool is rightfully called Manufacturing Notes and it does exactly as its name implies – allows for the dictation of valuable information on the part being printed within GrabCAD Print.
March 5, 2021
As the PolyJet 3D printing platform continues to grow and expand, the onboard tools get even better and more user-friendly with the Stratasys J55. The onboard tools on the J55 provide the user with step-by-step instructions and makes it as seamless as possible when performing regular maintenance. Let's dive in and take a look at the Replacement Wizard in action!
February 19, 2021
If you you've been asking yourself, “What gives? Why can’t I open SOLIDWORKS files in GrabCAD Print anymore?" You are not alone. I know the struggle. I may have even said a few expletives over it. This is not due to GrabCAD Print dropping SOLIDWORKS compatibility. It is the result of GrabCAD Print’s development team needing to take some time to verify that the latest version of SOLIDWORKS files is compatible with all the features that GrabCAD Print has to offer. Let's take a look at some details.
February 5, 2021
Stratasys is committed to servicing and updating its existing platform. It’s one of the most prominent reasons they dominate the 3D printing industry. With the introduction of the new Objet30 V5 in late 2020 that included exciting new features, such as the ability to print in Vero DraftGrey and access to GrabCAD Print, Stratasys injected new life into the desktop PolyJet printing platform. These features have been included on the Objet 30 V5; however, Stratasys has made these features available to existing Objet 30 V3 customers with a SIMPLE and FREE update. Today we are going to take a quick look at the steps required to bring your Objet 30 V3 to the next level.
January 27, 2021
In the first part of this series we looked at ways to get more out of your system by using approved hardware and advantageous software settings and options. SOLIDWORKS also has a number of features and options which can help you build more efficient models, and in return, put less strain on your machine’s processing power. It also provides methods of determining what features, or components, are consuming the most resources and lets us know what to focus on. Let’s take a look at some ways to build more streamlined models.
January 26, 2021
SOLIDWORKS is the leader in professional CAD modeling software and each year brings new features and capabilities to their suite of products. However, all that power can come at a cost in system performance, especially when working with large assemblies. The bright side is there are quite a few things you can do to help speed things up in your workflow besides drinking more coffee.
In this first part of a two-part series, we’ll focus on the components and specs of your system environment that affects the performance of SOLIDWORKS on your machine. This includes improvements and tweaks to your computer’s hardware and software. The following installment will cover modeling techniques which yield better performance.
Have you ever needed to change or even forgotten the password of the SQL Server System Administrator (SA) account? Maybe the password has been lost or the person in charge of keeping it left the company? In this article I will walk you through three most common ways to change the password and get you back into your SQL SA account.
The first method is to use the current SA password to log into the SQL Server Management Studio and change it. The second method is to use another administrator account to log into the SQL Server Management Studio to reset the password. The third method is to use a command prompt to restart the SQL service in a Single User Mode, reset the password, then restart the SQL service back in Multi-User mode.