Stratasys GrabCAD Print is a sophisticated 3D printing app that allows designers and engineers to prepare, schedule and monitor 3D printing jobs. Since its release, GrabCAD has continued to make exciting updates to this software; and we will be updating you every other month on its new features – in this set of release notes we will be looking at versions 1.32, 1.33, and the just-released 1.34.
FDM User Interface Improvements
There have been several user interface changes recently in GrabCAD Print. One of the most important, yet seamless updates, is the layout of the right-side toolbar. Previously, this toolbar was a little out of order, now the user can systematically work down through the bar by setting Tray Settings, Model Settings and Support Settings, then setting part placement, orientation and scaling. This allows for a more intuitive flow and allows for a separate toolset for working with supports.
Easier Advanced FDM Settings
For printers who use Advanced FDM, users can now apply settings to the whole model within the normal GrabCAD Printer workspace. Features like Infill Density, Body Thickness and converting holes to Self Supporting can all be done without moving over to the Advanced FDM workspace.
FDM Support Previews
For several versions now, we have had the ability to preview where the support material will contact a PolyJet part, but we were limited to slicing the model to get this information for FDM parts. This was time-consuming as it can take several minutes to slice a model, and if changes are made, it would take several more minutes every time you wish to see your new support settings. This is a thing of the past now. After version 1.34, you can preview your support setting instantly without having to slice your model, this allows for rapid previews of settings changes like Self Support Angles and support types. Areas that require support are highlighted in purple. Introduced as an optional toll in version 1.31, the Advanced Slicer is now on by default for the J735/750 and J835/850 series of printers.
Improved Control with Vivid Colors
For J-Series users, it is now possible to dictate whether a colored part is transparent or opaque with a simple checkbox. For those using Vivid-Colors (and those thinking about using them), the VeroVivid materials are transparent. The transparency of the materials allows for its high pigment loading and vibrant colors, however, this means the parts must print with a thin coating of VeroVivid on a core of white to make parts opaque. This happens automatically and works seamlessly to the user, but now it is easy to make parts in their natural transparent state by checking the Translucent checkbox at the bottom of the model settings menu.
Slower is Faster
For PolyJet users, it is now possible to add a delay while printing. This setting causes the printer to pause between x-axis motions to allow printed parts to cool down while printing. This is great for large parts that use heavy mixes of Agilus30 or large parts with a high ratio of support material. By slowing down the printing by delaying the passes, the parts have time to cool down. While warping is not a typical concern with PolyJet printing, this is a great technique to combat it if it does happen. By slowing down the print it prevents the buildup of stress that can lead to warping and parts peeling off the build tray.
Last but not least, we have a handful of very useful new features that these versions released. You can also see a list of new features for each version within the GrabCAD Print application by going to Help > Show Release Notes.
- Access GrabCAD tutorials and example files in the Help Menu
- Improved PolyJet time estimates within the Schedule View
- Notifications on new materials and features on select printers
- Export CMB files with or without a sacrificial tower
- Connex and J-Series users will now get a translucent preview when mixing with Agilus30Clear
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