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How to 3D Print Textured Objects Inside Clear Plastic Blocks

42 5 Expert
This walkthrough explains how to print fully textured CAD files encased inside transparent blocks, to help support complex parts, show vistas you never thought possible, or just increase the usability of your full-color models!
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How to Create Incredibly Complex Textured Shapes for 3D Printing, Using Bump Mapping

28 5 Expert
This tutorial covers how to use 2D images to create actual 3D depth and physical textures on your CAD parts and then 3D print them. Mainly we use Rhino to do the displacement-mapping, but Photoshop could be used as well. Files were then printed in full color on a Stratasys J750.
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How to 3D Print in Full Color (Part 3): Clear + Texture Together

21 1 Expert
This is the third in 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 how to create models with semi-transparent textures wrapped around curved, transparent bodies (taking advantage of a new slicer from Stratasys), and how to fix UV-mapping problems when wrapping 2D textures around 3D bodies goes wrong.
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How to go from GPS Data to Full Colour 3D Model

20 4 Expert
Got a large dataset you want to visualize in 3D? Let's take a look at the steps involved from going from just a spreadsheet to full colour 3D.
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How to 3D Print Consumer Product Prototypes, at different levels of realism

14 8 Expert
Realism helps the prototyping process of Consumer Product Goods, but not always in the ways you'd expect. We climb through the 4 levels of 3D printing realism, using both single color FDM and full-color Polyjet printing, and discuss the cost and benefits of each.
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How to 3D Print Complex, Semi-Random Lattice Structures, Easily

11 2 Expert
We show how to use Grasshopper and Rhino to automatically generate complex Voronoi structures ready for 3D printing.
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How to 3D Print Jigs & Fixtures, Part 3: Advanced Features and Advanced Materials

10 2 Expert
Building on parts 1 and 2 of the series, this tutorial takes you through an ENTIRE agile design cycle for a real fixture we needed in our office, exploring the use of DFAM, advanced infill techniques to save printing time and finishing by going through a material selection process to print in one of the stiffest materials out there- Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber! It's a total, soup-to-nuts, fixtures tutorial!
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How to Make GrabCAD Voxel Print Slices Using Matlab

7 1 Expert
This tutorial is intended for users who already have a passing familiarity with Matlab and J750 operation. It is NOT intended to be a comprehensive lesson on how to use the Matlab software or PolyJet printers. The following is brought to you by Stratasys:
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How to Solvent Smooth FDM Parts

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The normal surface finish of FDM parts is suitable for most purposes, but in applications where a smoother surface is required, solvent smoothing is an alternative to sanding, filling, and mass finishing. Solvent smoothing utilizes a chemical agent to smooth a part’s surfaces (Figure 1). This process modifies the surface of FDM parts by eliminating layer lines while preserving feature detail and part accuracy. The smoothing agent can be applied either as a liquid or a vapor and it is quick and nearly labor-free. The finish achieved can mimic that of injection molded parts. This tutorial is courtesy of Stratasys.
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What You Need to Know When 3D Printing with Thermoplastics

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Today, a majority of consumer products and production parts are made from thermoplastics. Thermoplastics are typically used in manufacturing techniques like injection molding, compression molding and machining, but with the invention of 3D printing, they became available for additive extrusion and sintering processes. A new door to advanced manufacturing has opened with 3D printing materials similar to the conventional thermoplastics familiar to engineers and designers. Thermoplastics are plastic materials, or polymers, that become pliable when heated to a specific temperature and solidify upon cooling. Types of thermoplastics include acrylic, ABS, Nylon, PLA, polycarbonate (PC), polyethylene and other specialty, high performance materials. If your part requires strength, rigidity or high temperature tolerance, then thermoplastics are a great option to fabricate your production component or prototype. Using 3D printing, engineers can make parts with the most commonly used thermoplastics, such as ABS, polycarbonate, a variety of blends, as well as thermoplastics engineered for aerospace, medical, automotive and other specialty applications. There are two additive technologies at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing that utilize thermoplastics: Laser Sintering (LS) and FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling).
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How to control the transparency of your 3D printed parts- the hardest task yet!

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With multi-material 3D printers, how do you control what's transparent and what's not? Especially when you've got clear sections above, behind, and even intermixed with your color layers? This tutorial covers controlling what's clear, what's opaque, and what's tinted, even in intersecting volumes printed as one solid part! Get ready to conquer the hardest task in 3D printing!
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3D Printing Flexible Materials: 5 Ways to Apply Agilus30 White to Parts in GrabCAD Print

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Agilus30 is a rubber-like PolyJet photopolymer. Since it holds up well against repeated flexing and bending, it's great for prototypes and concept models such as grips, hoses and handles. But what also makes Agilus30 so great is that it can be printed on its own at a natural durometer value of Shore 30A OR it can be mixed with another material to achieve different shore A values and colors. In this GrabCAD Tutorial, we'll reveal five different ways you can apply Agilus30 White to your parts in GrabCAD Print.