Tutorials

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How to Color Proof Your 3D Prints (Using This Super-Secret Stratasys Website)

32 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 Print in Full Color (Part 1)

28 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 in Full Color (Part 2): Repairing and Checking VRMLs

24 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.
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STLs and 3D Printing for PolyJet

19 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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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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Assigning transparency for PolyJet in GrabCAD Print

7 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.
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Part 5: Hard Proofing

7 4 Beginner
Before embarking on large and color-critical prints, it is recommended to carry out proofing. Nothing beats the certainty of holding a sample part in your hand compared to relying on a screen visualization. The process of validating critical colors is called hard proofing and here is how it is done.
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How to REALLY export your color SOLIDWORKS files for printing

6 0 Beginner
An updated tutorial, showing you the BEST way to export your color SOLIDWORKS files for 3D printing, using the new '3MF' format!
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OBJ Files for PolyJet

6 1 Beginner
In previous tutorials in this series, we explained the capabilities of STL and VRML files in 3D printing. In this tutorial, we will explain OBJ files and their expanded capabilities in addition to color, transparency, and bump.
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How to 3D Print in Color- from SOLIDWORKS

5 2 Beginner
This tutorial shows an 'easier' workflow for applying full-color textures to CAD parts for 3D printing, if you are using SOLIDWORKS. It applies for anyone who has SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium (2017+) since we'll be using the new SOLIDWORKS Visualize tool to map the textures.
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Color Theme in SW 2016

4 0 Beginner
Here I show you in a single photo, how to change the theme of SW 2016 WITH ONLY 3 steps!
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Part 6: Color Swatch Generator Tutorial (Color Matching and Hard Proofing Step By Step)

3 0 Intermediate
This tutorial describes how to use a 3D Swatch Generator and perform color matching for 3D prints, specifically on J750/J735 3D printers.
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How to Use the Color Swatch Tool in GrabCAD Print

3 0 Beginner
This new feature in GrabCAD Print will help customers find and match their desired colors easier -- and faster.
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Additional methods to assign transparency for PolyJet in GrabCAD Print

3 0 Beginner
In our previous tutorial about assigning transparency for PolyJet, we described how the different settings for transparency in GrabCAD Print work and when to use each. In this tutorial, we will discuss alternative, often more advanced workflows for assigning transparency for PolyJet models. This tutorial is not meant to be a comprehensive summary of all the ways to apply transparency to a model. Like many other features of 3D printing, the applications for transparency are to a large extent mainly limited by our own creativity and ingenuity. That being said, here are some other ways to work with the transparent capabilities in PolyJet.
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Selecting Color in Solidworks and GrabCAD Print

3 0 Beginner
When creating a model in a CAD program there are certain guidelines that need to be followed to ensure that you can successfully highlight the features that matter to you with different colors. This tutorial teaches users how to edit their CAD files and set-up their printer trays in GrabCAD Print so they can access all of the color options available.