Tutorials

How to 3D Print Jigs & Fixtures, Part 3: Advanced Features and Advanced Materials

12 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!

How to 3D Print Complex, Semi-Random Lattice Structures, Easily

12 3 Expert
We show how to use Grasshopper and Rhino to automatically generate complex Voronoi structures ready for 3D printing.

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.

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 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.

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.

How to Solvent Smooth 3D Printed FDM Parts

10 1 Beginner
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.

How to Lower Your 3D Printer Material Cost Using this Trick in GrabCAD Print

10 0 Beginner
GrabCAD Print has multiple features that allow you to lower your 3D printer material cost, including making parts hallow, optimizing the orientation, and re-scaling. Learn how to apply these options here!

How to 3D Print a Detailed & Accurate Model of the Earth

9 5 Expert
Learn how to create a realistic 3D textured model of the Earth using Rhino, GrabCAD Print and Stratasys 3D printers. I also review how to select the right part priority and how to test prints for the perfect color.

How to REALLY export your color SOLIDWORKS files for printing

9 0 Beginner
An updated tutorial, showing you the BEST way to export your color SOLIDWORKS files for 3D printing, using the new '3MF' format!

How to Use Adaptive Slice in GrabCAD Print

9 1 Beginner
Adaptive Slice is a new software feature in GrabCAD Print that automatically changes the slice height of your FDM part depending on a number of aspects in order to save on time while still keeping the finer details and overall quality. Learn how to enable the new feature in this tutorial!

Assigning transparency for PolyJet in GrabCAD Print

9 0 Beginner
GrabCAD Print for PolyJet offers a number of settings to achieve transparency. Several factors determine which options to use, and which options are enabled. Depending on the specific needs and circumstances, you can utilize the transparency slider, the Alpha input channel, the Translucent checkbox, various digital materials (DMs), or direct VeroClear assignment. This tutorial will explain what each transparency setting in GrabCAD Print does and how each works, so users can understand their options and the differences between them.

How to Make GrabCAD Voxel Print Slices Using Matlab

8 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:

How to Print Remotely on the Stratasys F123 Series Using Wait For Part Mode

8 3 Beginner
The new Stratasys® F123™ Series can print industrial-grade, reliable concept models, functional prototypes, jigs, and fixtures. In applications such as these, printer operators will often want to print parts quickly, remotely, and on-demand. That is why this series has a Wait for Part Mode, letting you send files straight to the printer to start building immediately, without needing to select the job manually from the Queue. This tutorial will explain how to use this mode.

Adding Textures to 3D models; Texture, Bump, and Displacement Mapping: How to Make Photo-realistic Models

8 0 Beginner
In our previous tutorials, we discussed applying colour to 3D printed models. But the Stratasys J750™ and J735™ also have more advanced capabilities, including the ability to create photorealistic lifelike product models incorporating company logos, detailed text, and graphic elements. It can also produce models with surface finishes that mimic various materials, such as leather and wood. This tutorial will explain the theory behind how these effects are applied. In future tutorials we will investigate how to quickly use these tools to achieve fantastic realistic parts.