Tutorials

How to 3D Print in Full Color (Part 2): Repairing and Checking VRMLs

26 4 Intermediate
This is the second 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 look deeper inside our VRML files to predict if they will import correctly and how to choose the resolution of VRML files from Rhino and other artistic CAD programs to make sure they are capturing the information you want.

Variable Density FDM parts with Advanced FDM in GrabCAD Print

21 1 Intermediate
A tutorial on how to create an FDM part with discrete zones with different infill patterns & densities. This is a great but simple tactic for reducing the print time and cost of your designs as well as making them both stiff and lightweight.

How to 3D Print More Realistic Consumer Product Prototypes

20 3 Intermediate
We discuss the 4 levels of 3D printed prototype realism all Industrial Designers should know about, and show you step-by-step how to reach each one!

Helpful Injection Molding Design Guidelines

19 2 Intermediate
These guidelines are to be used as a starting point in understanding the basic aspects of design and preparation for injection molding.

How to 3D Print from Adobe Photoshop

16 0 Intermediate
Every sculpture, product, installation and building (successful and unsuccessful) starts with an idea. When it takes physical form, the designer gets valuable aesthetic and practical feedback. Here are some tips on when and how 3D printing can feed this process.

How to 3D Print Full-Color, Fully-Textured DISPLACEMENT Mapped Parts Using Photoshop!

14 0 Intermediate
This tutorial covers a little-known feature in Photoshop you can use (today) to quickly create incredibly complex displacement-mapped parts for your 3D printer in full color!

Understanding Design & Process of DMLS 3D Metal Printing

14 0 Intermediate
Over the last decade, metal 3D printing has seen significant growth and evolution in the additive manufacturing landscape. Major players like NASA and GE have incorporated additive metals into their programs, aided by industry-wide material development and process research. Additive metal parts are seen more and more in end-use production. This tutorial covers Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) design constraints and freedoms, available metal materials and the process controls that deliver incredible metal parts.

How to Insert a Z Pause in a Stratasys Printer

12 0 Intermediate
How do I use a Stratasys printer with multiple materials? Multiple colors? How do I add metal inserts in my 3D printed part? This tutorial explains how to use Stratasys software to insert pauses (Z-pause) during an FDM print job, to change materials, colors or to add metal inserts. Go to Step 1 for some documentation and examples of parts printed with Z Pause.

PolyJet Materials and Uses: Tips and Tricks

12 4 Intermediate
Materials are critical to prototyping and production success. At the heart of any great application is the right material: one that performs as needed under the application’s conditions. This is just as true for 3D printing as it has always been for molding, machining, and casting. While the 3D printing industry has a wide variety of materials to choose from, ranging from plastic to metal and wax to paper, the selection is often quite limited for a given technology. It is even more restricted for specific 3D printers, with one exception.

Hand Sanding and Polishing for PolyJet 3D Printed Parts

11 1 Intermediate
Sanding and polishing 3D prints can be tricky. This tutorial demonstrates how to handle post-processing for printed parts when using the Stratasys J750.

How to Remove SUP706 Soluble Support on a 3D Printed Part

6 2 Intermediate
Removing SUP706 Soluble Support is quick and easy. Following the best practices ensures that you do not damage or break your part in the process. The following is brought to you by Stratasys.

How to Give Your 3D Printed FDM Part the Smoothness of Injection Molding

6 1 Intermediate
This tutorial will demonstrate how you can give your FDM printed part the finishing smoothness of injection molding. The Finishing Touch Smoothing Station can dramatically improve the surface finish of ABS parts that are built using FDM technology. The semi-automated smoothing process is compatible with FDM’s entire line of ABS plastics.

How to Go from 3D Scanning to 3D Printing

6 0 Intermediate
A 3D scanner is a device that analyzes and captures the geometry and colors of physical objects to transform them into digital 3D models. The scanning process collects sample points from the object’s surface and generates its geometric shape through extrapolation. There are many different 3D scanning technologies and each one comes with its own advantages, limitations and cost. Stratasys tested two types of Creaform 3D scanners: the HandyScan 700 and the Go!SCAN 20. These portable 3D scanners can be used for a wide range of applications, offering a simple and intuitive scanning experience, providing fast and reliable results. The Go!Scan 20 scanner can capture 3D data in color. It provides a very fast measurement rate and requires minimal data post-processing. The HandySCAN 700 is used mainly for taking measurements and reverse engineering. This scanner is fast at delivering accurate and high resolution 3D scans while remaining simple to use. All phases of product design, from concept through manufacturing, can benefit from the workflow combination of 3D scanning and printing. This process can reduce the number of design iterations and the time between each, lowering the total cost of each prototype. The following is brought to you by Stratasys:

How to Remove FDM Support Material

5 0 Intermediate
FDM (fused deposition modeling) Technology lets you 3D print parts in a broad range of well tested plastics. FDM materials offer specialized properties like toughness, electrostatic dissipation, translucence, biocompatibility, UV resistance, VO flammability and FST ratings. This makes them perfect for demanding designers and engineers in aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, medical and other industries.

How to Get Better 3D Printed Transparent Parts

5 0 Intermediate
Printing with VeroClear model material makes translucent both possible and practical. With a little post-processing, you can control the degree of model transparency. The clarity of VeroClear parts will improve after one to two days in an office environment due to the exposure of white light. The following is brought to you by Stratasys.