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3D Printing Design Guidelines

105 13 Beginner
3D Printing Design Guidelines ~ 9 Steps to consider while design for 3d Printing.
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How to 3D Print Jigs & Fixtures, Part 2: Designing for Print

46 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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How to 3D Print Textured Objects Inside Clear Plastic Blocks

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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 3D Print in Full Color (Part 1)

25 4 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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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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How to FDM Print for Part Sliding Clearance

12 3 Intermediate
If you are 3D printing parts that have to fit/slide together after printing, you will need to put some sort of clearance between those parts in your CAD system. A good starting place is a clearance 2x the layer height you are going to print at, but you should make a few smaller test prints at different clearances to see if the 2x layer height rule holds for your particular situation and orientation. Have fun and happy printing!
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How to generate a high quality mirror polish surface in 5 easy steps

11 1 Beginner
Polishing components generated by the DLP or MJP process in 5 steps without chemicals
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How to Insert a Z Pause in a Stratasys Printer

11 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.
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Hand Sanding and Polishing for PolyJet 3D Printed Parts

9 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.
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How to Paint an FDM Printed Part

6 2 Intermediate
There are many reasons to coat and paint FDM parts. Whether it’s for UV protection, sealing, or just to make them aesthetically pleasing, painting can bring a product to life. In this tutorial, we will give you steps and tips on how to paint your FDM model. The following is a tutorial taken from Stratasys’ YouTube channel:
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How to Prepare Your SOLIDWORKS 3D model for 3D Printing ?

5 0 Intermediate
Preparing SOLIDWORKS Models for 3D Printing :
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Converting Your Files to High Quality STL Format

5 0 Beginner
In this short video, Team Cryonics CAD guy will demonstrate how to quality-check and 3D print your CAD files
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BICYCLE HANDleBAR PALM GRIP

5 0 Beginner
MODELLING OF PALM GRIPER USING 'MULTI-SECTION IN CATIA
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How to Solvent Smooth FDM Parts

5 0 Expert
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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How To Properly Sterilize FDM Parts

4 0 Intermediate
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing technology that is used in industry for development of three-dimensional models. Because of its ability to provide highly accurate models, FDM may offer many benefits to those wishing to use it for a range of medical applications. FDM can be used to build models that aid physicians in the surgical planning process or in the production of a surgical implant. It can be used to achieve a patient’s agreement prior to surgery by providing a preoperative simulation device. During surgery, an FDM model can act as an orienting aid or a template for resection. FDM can also be used to directly manufacture medical implants out of bioimplantable materials. However, such surgical devices and implants will come into direct contact with sterile body tissues and fluids, and therefore, must be manufactured out of sterilizable materials.