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How to 3D Print Jigs & Fixtures, Part 2: Designing for Print

48 4 Beginner
This is the second part of a four-part tutorial series on how to optimize your manufacturing jigs & fixtures for 3D printing. Today, we'll go over what to do in each design pass as you're optimizing your part, including specific steps to do in your CAD package, your print-preparation tool, and if you're bold, your FEA package. Later installments of this series will deal with FDM material selection and post-processing for jigs & fixtures.
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PolyJet 3D Printing: How to Assign Colors in GrabCAD Print

31 1 Beginner
When you import a part into GrabCAD Print and you have color options, it'll default to white. This tutorial teaches you how to apply colors using the Pantone™ Color Library selection tool. This tutorial is great for users with the Stratasys J750 and other PolyJet printers.
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Designing for FDM Production Parts

29 0 Beginner
This best practices tutorial concentrates on factors that impact the quality, value, and performance of FDM production parts. There are a number of design considerations, material choices and performance objectives that should be taken into account when designing for additive manufacturing. Tailoring these decisions to the FDM manufacturing process allows the benefits of FDM to be maximized.
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How to Color Proof Your 3D Prints (Using This Super-Secret Stratasys Website)

28 5 Beginner
If a customer has ever come to you and said, "I need the color of this 3D print to match this RGB or Pantone EXACTLY!" and you've wondered how to do that – this is the tutorial for you! We'll talk about soft proofing (how to make sure your printer can even print a given color) and hard proofing (matching what you see on screen with a physical result) using Photoshop and the most advanced color printer on the market, a Stratasys J750! (You can find a video version of this tutorial here: https://youtu.be/XsollrDbUVc)
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How to 3D Texture Your Parts for FDM Printing Using SOLIDWORKS 2019!

26 5 Beginner
Instructions on how to create physical, repeating textures you can FEEL and TOUCH on your 3D prints, using a new feature found in SOLIDWORKS 2019. (And this technique will work with ANY type of 3D printer, not just Stratasys!)
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How to 3D Print in Full Color (Part 1)

25 5 Beginner
This is a series of tutorials to help printer operators who are NOT graphic artists get the absolute most out of their multi-color, multi-material 3D printers, like the Stratasys J750. We will cover what types of files multi-color printers can accept and how to manipulate colors in Photoshop, Rhino, etc, to get the full gradient texture effects that most color printer users want.
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How to 3D Print Jigs & Fixtures, Part 1: Choosing Your Target

21 5 Beginner
This tutorial series will take users who are new to 3D printing and show them how to: - Choose which Jigs or Fixtures from your factory floor might be best improved with 3D printing (Part 1) - Optimize your J&F designs for 3D printing by using stress-analysis tools, CAD tools and new 3D print prep tools (Part 2) - Choose which FDM materials to print in for best performance (Part 3) - Post-process your Jig or Fixture for greater utility with inserts, painting, numbering, etc. (Part 4)
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Finishing Options for FDM and PolyJet 3D Printed Parts

17 1 Beginner
Finishing or secondary operations encompasses a broad range of processes that change a manufactured part’s properties. Engineers can employ finishing simply to improve part’s appearance and reshape it to meet certain dimensions, or use it to enhance functionality, such as increasing strength, chemical resistance, electrical conductivity and more. Secondary operations basically turn raw parts into finished goods and this isn’t limited to traditional manufactured parts. 3D printed parts can also be enhanced with secondary operations, but much like designing for additive manufacturing, different processes and best practices apply. Throughout the product design and manufacturing process, engineers should also be thinking about how 3D printed parts can be finished. Determining the appropriate finishing operations depends on the additive process, material and geometry as well as the desired aesthetics and functionality. This guide explains the primary finishing operations additive manufacturing service providers implement for FDM and PolyJet 3D printing technologies, grouped by possible finishing objectives, and compatible materials and applicable design considerations.
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STLs and 3D Printing for PolyJet

16 0 Beginner
This tutorial is the first part of our series about how to prepare and optimize settings for mesh file types supported by GrabCAD Print (GCP). The tutorial explains the building blocks of 3D printing with PolyJet. We will explain the conversion process from a CAD file to an STL file and how to optimize it to achieve the best print results possible. Future tutorials in this series will then explain more advanced types of files and operations.
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Pre-Printing Tips for Rigid Opaque and Transparent PolyJet Materials

13 11 Beginner
This tutorial gives you tips for how to use various rigid materials on Stratasys PolyJet printers. This includes the entire Vero family, as well as the VeroVivids, VeroFlex, VeroClear, and FullCure720 (also known as RGD720). You can truly optimize final results for these materials if you know how to best utilize GrabCAD Print settings for part orientation, printing mode, surface finish, grid style, material selection, tray preparation, and other factors. Below, we will show you how. The information in this tutorial is applicable to GrabCAD Print version 1.32 and above. Older versions may differ slightly.
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How to Create Texturing Patterns on FDM 3D Printed Parts

13 0 Beginner
When producing FDM parts that will be installed in user-facing applications, or when FDM prototypes need to have a more interesting appearance, surface profile and finish are critical. Texturing a part file allows for a unique pattern or design to be built directly into part surfaces, reducing the layer line visibility as well as post-processing time. Coatings and paint can be applied directly to the textured surface to create a finished part.
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How to Insert Metal During an FDM 3D Print Job

11 1 Beginner
If not done right, metal that is inserted in FDM parts can look sloppy and unprofessional. With a few easy steps, a metal part can be inserted seamlessly and damage-free.
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How to Convert CAD Files to STL Files in Various Software

10 8 Beginner
How CAD files are exported to STL is an important process for the accurate building of parts, but the conversion process can vary depending on the software. These step-by-step processes for converting CAD files to STL were taken straight from the mentioned companies websites.
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Part 1: A Look at Color Proofing

10 0 Beginner
This tutorial gives some background on color proofing and explains what to do when the color you print doesn't match the color you chose on screen. There will be future tutorials that expand on the topics mentioned here.
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How to Convert 2D Images into 3D STL Files

10 0 Beginner
There are several ways to create 3D models from BMP images. This tutorial explains how to do this by converting a BMP file to an STL file. The following content was taken from Stratasys' Resources Center