Ask a 3D Printing Expert: Do I really need to clean my PolyJet 3D printer after every print job?
“Do I really need to clean my PolyJet 3D printer after every print job?” TL;DR: Yes. You may be able to get by once in a while if you don’t clean the print heads after every print job, but you will contribute to the accumulation of cured resin on and around the heads and roller, […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: Which 3D Printer is Best for My Business?
“Which 3D printer is best for my business?” Admittedly, this is a bit of a loaded question. With multiple 3D printing technologies, brands, and models on the market, how do you even begin to figure out which is best for your business when looking to add additive technologies? The short and simple answer: the one […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: When does it make sense to 3D print vs. use traditional manufacturing methods?
3D printing has gained much popularity in recent years, but traditional manufacturing still holds its ground. As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, it’s essential to understand the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches in order to determine the right tool for the job. 3D printing truly shines when it comes to prototyping. […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: What are the main differences between GrabCAD Print and Insight?
If you have used a Stratasys 3D printer within the last 20 Years, odds are you have used either GrabCAD Print or Insight 3D printing software. GrabCAD Print is a no-cost software tool that is primarily used for preparing 3D models for printing on Stratasys 3D printers. It provides a user-friendly interface for importing, repairing, […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: How do I estimate part cost?
Estimating part cost can seem relatively simple, but depending on the technology, it can get fairly complex. The easiest way to calculate parts cost is by utilizing the tools in GrabCAD Print or even better GrabCAD Shop. With core technologies like FDM, SL and PolyJet, users can get material volume and time estimates extremely easily. […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: Why is FDM soluble support such a big deal?
In FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printing, support structures are necessary to ensure that complex or overhanging parts of a design can be printed properly. These supports are usually made of the same material as the model, but they can be difficult to remove and often leave marks or scars on the final product. Standard […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: What Stratasys materials are most similar to PTFE, Polypropylene, and Delrin?
Customers often inquire about the availability of additive manufacturing (AM) materials that have similar mechanical properties to commonly used thermoplastics and polymers like PTFE, Polypropylene, and Delrin due to their robustness, resilience, chemical stability, and ability to be machined or (excluding PTFE) injection molded. Depending on the 3D printing technology used, there are usually various […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: How do I dispose of excess or expired PolyJet and Origin resin?
If you’ve ever worked with 3D printing technologies like PolyJet, DLP, or SLA, then you know how tricky it can be to handle and dispose of the resin materials involved. These UV-cured resins are toxic and environmentally hazardous when they’re still in liquid form. However, once they’ve been printed and cured, they’re perfectly safe to […]
Ask a 3D Printing Expert: How are the Stratasys H350 and SAF technology used in manufacturing?
Let’s start with the basics. What exactly is the Stratasys H350 3D printer? saf manufacturing The H350 is a 3D printer produced by Stratasys. It is a professional-grade printer designed for manufacturing and engineering applications. Built for high-volume, short-run production, the Stratasys H350 3D printer gives you control of your materials, workflow, production, and costs […]