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How to Position Your Model for 3D Printing

Knowing how to orient your model for 3D printing correctly is one of the biggest challenges in getting effective parts. Stratasys systems use soluble support material, which means almost any orientation can work to 3d print a model. However, orienting a print to not fail is only the tip of the iceberg. Depending on the geometry of a part, you may want a certain face or feature to look perfect, the part to be strongest in one direction, or to minimize the amount of support material used to reduce print time and cost.

I have created three example models that emulate common 3D printing situations, and will walk through how I would orient these models, prioritizing surface finish, strength, and minimal support material use. These parts provide hypothetical situations where you might use the part to give insight for different applications.


GrabCAD Introduces a Brand New SOLIDWORKS Add-in

Just three days after the release of Stratasys’ F123 series 3D printers, GrabCAD introduced a brand new SolidWorks Add-in. This add-in supplements the digital manufacturing ecosystem ideology that Stratasys has shaped over the last few years. For CAD users, this integrated feature will accelerate your additive manufacturing process.


3 ways GrabCAD will remove bottlenecks from your 3D printing process


For those of you who are familiar with 3D printing, you know that typically speaking, there is almost always one universal bottleneck that must be dealt with – people. Please, let me explain:

Generally, any facility that has a single, or collection of 3D printers usually has more employees/engineers than printers. Because of this, there is usually a severe bottleneck over who can use the printer, when, and why:


The Basics of 3D Printing

Most of us, if not all, have heard something about 3D Printing technology. Many have utilized it in some way, either for personal or professional use. If you are looking to bring this technology to your company, or just wish to learn more about it, here is some information to help you get started.

3D Printing – also known as additive manufacturing – has been deemed by some as potentially being larger than the internet. So what is 3D Printing and how can it be used?


So Who Even Uses 3D Printers?

“So… What is 3D printing actually used for? - Who even uses it?”

Good questions. I faced a lot of these questions when I worked with 3D printers in college. Regardless of the amount of awesome phone cases or accessories I would show to people, it always turned out that sorority girls didn’t find manufacturing as cool as I did.

Something I learned about this kind of technology is it is a very broad technology – meaning, it can be used for a nearly limitless amount of applications. Unfortunately, the human brain doesn’t tend to think in those terms. We like to put things in a metaphorical box and say “OK, I get this, this thing does this task, and I now understand this thing.” With 3D Printing (3DP), this simply is not the case.

Off the same machine, you can make a part for your car, a keychain, a bottle-opener, a keychain that is a bottle-opener – like I said… limitless.

With the help of mainstream printer manufacturers like MakerBot and XYZprinting, there are now thousands of people using this technology. Users range from high-end, large volume manufacturers, like Nestle Nespresso (coffee) and Sheppard Air Force Base (military UAVs), to the starry-eyed would-be Iron Man working out of his garage.



AMUG Conference 2016

As April approaches, our 3D printing team will be getting ready to attend the Additive Manufacturing User Group conference, also known as AMUG, in St. Louis. This will be the 3rd year in a row our group will be attending this fantastic event. The conference continues to grow year over year, adding more and more attendees and great sponsors, as well as presenters. If you are looking to get an in-depth look at the full spectrum of the 3D Printing industry and interact with users from all over the globe, there is no better place than at AMUG. 

AMUG Conference 2016


Comparing ULTEM 1010 to ULTEM 9085

FDM Technology allows you to 3D print parts in a broad range of well tested plastics. Available for the Fortus 400mc, 450mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems, ULTEM 1010 and ULTEM 9085 resins are widely popular materials among Stratasys users. Let’s do a side-by-side comparison of the two materials to see which one we should use for particular applications.

ULTEM 1010 and ULTEM 9085


CADimensions and the e-NABLE Project

We are proud to announce our participation in the e-NABLE project. e-NABLE is a global network of volunteers who are using their 3D printers and design skills to create free 3D printed prosthetic hands for children with missing fingers or hands. As a part of this program, we will be using our in-house 3D printing capabilities to aid in the production.

e-NABLE Project


Stratasys Adds More Colors to ASA Plastics

When ASA Plastics (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) was first introduced in 2014, we saw its amazing potential as a strong, robust, and UV resistant member of the ABS family. ABS is a material type used in Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), one of the pillars of Stratasys printing technology. In 2015, Stratasys has released ASA in a variety of new colors.

ASA Colors

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