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Reducing 3D Printing Build Time and Cost Using Fortus Insight Software

Posted by Juan Carlos Gandiaga on August 11, 2015 at 12:58 PM

Here's a great example of how 3D printing software can dramatically impact part cost and print time. We are using Insight software, which is only available for Stratasys Fortus printers. In the video below, you'll see how this software gives users extra control over build parameters.

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Faster, Cheaper RTV Silicone Molding Using FDM and PolyJet 3D Printing

Posted by Juan Carlos Gandiaga on July 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Are you creating any parts that are cast using silicone molding? If so, consider how 3D printing can dramatically speed up the process of creating the pattern. Here’s a quick guide to how it works—and the potential benefits.

Casting parts from silicone molds is a three-stage process.

  1. Create a positive physical part of the final design—the pattern. For the typical RTV molding process, the material for the pattern is not subjected to high heat or pressures. However, the surface quality of the final part (assuming no final post-processing) is dictated by the surface finish of this pattern.
  2. Cover the pattern in silicone to form a silicone mold. The mold will be designed to divide into pieces to allow for the pattern to be removed and the final material to be injected.
  3. Casting of the part using the silicone mold. Note that the original pattern is not used for this step. This step can be repeated using the same silicone mold for multiple final parts.
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Stratasys Updates Software for More Material Options on FDM Printers

Posted by Marcus Weddle on June 30, 2015 at 11:26 AM

We’re excited to share with you some new capabilities for Fortus FDM printers from Stratasys. These new features are through a new version of the Insight software, which runs Fortus 250mc and higher printers.

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Open House in Marlborough, Recording of 3D Printed Injection Mold Talk

Posted by Marcus Weddle on June 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Mark your calendars for July 24th, as we are opening up our headquarters in Marlborough, MA for a day of learning about CAD, 3D printing, and additive manufacturing. The event starts at 8:30, with regularly scheduled presentations.

Click here to sign up for the Open House!

New On-demand Video On Injection Molding

We are also pleased to share one of our previous presentations by David Stockbower. He spoke at our Open House earlier this month on 3D printing prototype injection mold tooling. Watch the video below and learn more about this exciting new application.

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Event Video: Injection Molding, Eden260VS, and Carbon Fiber Layup

Posted by Marcus Weddle on June 17, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Last week CADD Edge was exhibiting in New York City in a combination event of manufacturing, medical, and packaging shows. We were in the Atlantic Design & Manufacturing show section with CAD and 3D printing/additive manufacturing on display. Nearby in the Stratasys booth, we caught up with Nadav Sella (Director of Manufacturing Tools) and Cory Haas (Application Engineer). Watch the videos below for coverage of several hot topics in the 3D printing industry!

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1,000 3D Printed Parts on Airbus A350 XWB Using Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Marcus Weddle on June 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Additive manufacturing has made some significant milestones recently, thanks to FDM technology from Stratasys. We want to share the first of several stories on how FDM-based Fortus 3D printers are advancing additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry, and in doing so, proving that the advanced materials available, such as ULTEM, are truly revolutionizing how products are manufactured.

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EASTEC Highlights: PolyJet 3D printing and FDM High Resolution

Posted by Juan Carlos Gandiaga on May 26, 2015 at 3:57 PM

Watch CADD Edge application engineer Juan Carlos Gandiaga show you two demonstration pieces we had on display at the EASTEC 2015 show in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

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HP Multi Jet Fusion Car Lift VS PolyJet Digital ABS 3D Printing

Posted by Marcus Weddle on May 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM

As we reported on earlier, HP’s announcement last year of a new 3D printing technology, Multi Jet Fusion, warranted some fact checking. For this post, we’re focusing on part strength.

Claim: HP's technology is uniquely strong and prints fast

The source of the claim is an HP video1 showing a 3D printed chain link—about the size of a fist—lifting a car. Yes, it’s a great video to dramatically show strength. The inferred claim, however, is that the speed of printing this part plus its strength are unique to HP's technology.

Of course, the best comparison would be to simply replicate a similar demonstration, but using current production technology. Well, that's exactly what we want to share with you! Watch the video below.

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Design & Manufacturing New England, 3D Printing Highlights Video

Posted by Juan Carlos Gandiaga on May 19, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Earlier this month, CADD Edge exhibited at Design & Manufacturing New England. Watch as applications engineer Juan Carlos Gandiaga takes you though three examples of 3D printing from the show:

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3D Printing Sacrificial Cores for Carbon Fiber Composite Layups

Posted by Juan Carlos Gandiaga on May 4, 2015 at 3:29 PM

We want to tell you about a great application for our Stratasys FDM printers: 3D printing sacrificial cores. This is perfect for creating composite parts (such as hollow carbon fiber auto parts) with higher precision than traditional methods. Perhaps the best part is that it doesn’t require much complexity or expense on the 3D printing side, and the results are arguably better than you get with traditional methods. You’re getting the end-use part, in the real composite material, but with more design flexibility and smooth surfaces inside and out.

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