3D Printing


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    GrabCAD Print: Stratasys' 3D Printing Software

    by Lisa Hannon on June 23, 2017

    GrabCAD-Print-Stratasys-Announces-3D-Printing-Software- 1Stratasys recently announced an innovative new 3D printing software called GrabCAD Print. This free, cloud-based solution is designed to streamline the 3D printing workflow, and is built for accessibility and speed. Stratasys users will want to check out this new solution as soon as possible -- GrabCAD Print is the only option for the Stratasys F123 series, and it will eventually support all Stratasys 3D printers. Here’s everything you need to know about GrabCAD Print.

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      Fisher Unitech Partners with Desktop Metal to Provide Breakthrough Metal 3D Printing Solutions

      by Stacey Clement on June 15, 2017

      Fisher-Unitech-Partners-with-Desktop-Metal-to-Provide-Breakthrough-Metal-3D-Printing-Solutions-1Fisher Unitech announced today that it has partnered with Desktop Metal to add metal 3D printing solutions to its portfolio. Fisher Unitech will sell and service Desktop Metal 3D printing systems across Midwest, New England, and Mid-Atlantic geographies to provide affordable engineering and manufacturing 3D metal printing solutions covering the full product lifecycle — from prototyping to mass production.

      “We are excited to partner with Fisher Unitech,” says Desktop Metal’s CEO and Co-Founder Ric Fulop. “Fisher Unitech is an essential partner to help us fulfill our mission to make metal 3D printing more accessible, and we are pleased to have one of the largest sellers of 3D printers as part of our team.”

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        Printing Jigs and Fixtures Leads to Big Gains in Manufacturing Productivity

        by Jerry Fireman on June 13, 2017

        Printing-Jigs-and-Fixtures-Leads-to-Big-Gains-in-Manufacturing-Productivity-1Jigs and fixtures that hold parts or tools in just the right way to simplify manufacturing, assembly or inspection operations can dramatically increase shop floor productivity. For example, Digi International uses fixtures with integrated masks in a conformal coating process that eliminate the need for taping parts, saving about $123,750 for a typical production run.

        CPI Aero produces fixtures that hold aerospace assemblies with complex contours so that they can easily be inspected with gage blocks and calipers, saving dozens of hours per assembly. Genesis Systems Group increases the safety of waterjet cutting by using end of arm tooling (EOAT) for a robot to move the part around the waterjet, eliminating potential safety hazards involved in moving the waterjet.

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          Stratasys Announces Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator

          by Lisa Hannon on June 6, 2017

          Stratasys-Announces-Continuous-Build-3D-Demonstrator-1Stratasys recently announced the creation of an innovative new product: the Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator. This multi-cell additive manufacturing platform is designed to continuously produce parts, and can be scaled to meet demand. Its innovative features could have major implications for the way additive manufacturing is done. Here’s everything you need to know about the Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator.

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            How to use GrabCAD Print: FDM

            by Dan Erickson on June 2, 2017

            GrabCAD Print is the latest 3D Print-Preparation (aka "slicing") software from Stratasys. Today, it supports all current Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) machines, as well as the J750 Polyjet machine, offering an intuitive user interface with improved scheduling functionality. For a high-level introduction to GrabCAD Print, check out this article. In today's blog, we'll discuss using GrabCAD Print for FDM  in practice, with a real-world example.

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              Additive Manufacturing Makes Less Expensive Manufacturing Aids in Less Time

              by Jerry Fireman on June 1, 2017

              Additive-Manufacturing-Makes-Less-Expensive-Manufacturing-Aids-In-Less-Time-1Companies that succeed in manufacturing nearly always develop a wide range of manufacturing aids – custom tools that help manufacturing floor employees do various jobs faster, more accurately, with fewer steps, etc.

              For example, Diebold uses many different fixtures to hold small components while they are machined or assembled. Swift Engineering uses sacrificial internal tools to create hollow features in composite structures. BMW uses custom hand tools for attaching bumper supports as well as a wide range of other assembly and testing jobs.

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                Disrupting the Supply Chain with 3D Printing: An Introduction to FDM Composite Tooling

                by Lisa Hannon on May 23, 2017

                Disrupting-the-Supply-Chain-with-3D-Printing-An-Introduction-to-FDM-Composite-Tooling-1The blog below was originally written and created by Ross Jones, Application Engineer at Stratasys. Fisher Unitech is sharing it with our readers due to the compelling story of how the manufacturing industry is solving problems with time and cost to produce tooling prototypes.

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                  Nylon 12CF | Innovative 3D Printing Material for FDM Printers

                  by Lisa Hannon on May 18, 2017

                  nylon-12cf-innovative-3D-printing-material-for-FDM-Printers-1Stratasys recently launched a material in its new family of nylon, Nylon 12CF. This innovative new 3D printing nylon has a very high stiffness-to-weight ratio, and its potential applications are generating plenty of buzz in the 3D printing community. Here’s everything you need to know about Nylon 12CF.

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                    What’s the Difference Between Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing?

                    by Jerry Fireman on April 21, 2017

                    Any industry that is growing rapidly is going to attract more than its share of controversy. With a forecast growth rate of 28.5% between 2016 and 2022, according to MarketsandMarkets, the business of producing parts is no exception. One of the hottest issues at the moment is simply what do we call it – 3D printing or additive manufacturing? Or are both terms valid for different segments of the market? Or do they mean the same thing?

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                      Why You Should Use Simulation and 3D Printing Technologies Together

                      by David Roccaforte on April 14, 2017

                      We often joke at Fisher Unitech that simulation technology, also known as Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), and 3D printing technology are competitors. In reality, for product development, they are engineering partners. Each has its respective strengths and weaknesses.

                      It’s kind of like a buddy cop show. One has street smarts and the other is the brainy young whippersnapper. When they work together they solve tough crimes. Simulation and 3D printing technologies work together to help prevent engineering crimes: such as missing project timing dates and quality and performance issues.

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                        The Future of Manufacturing: 3D Printing Innovations

                        by Lisa Hannon on April 11, 2017

                        3D printed prototypes have allowed designers and engineers to turn their ideas into reality with parts they can physically hold and manipulate. This technology The-Future-Of-Manufacturing-3D-Printing-Innovations-1has spurred innovation across multiple industries and changed the way people approach challenges. From a 3D printed splint that clears a baby’s airway to an aerospace part created in half the time, the benefits of rapid prototyping are numerous.

                        3D printing companies have known the benefits of their products for years and are now getting others up to speed on this innovative way of creating solutions. Stratasys, for example, has been in the industry for more than 25 years and fostered relationships with manufacturers, engineers, and designers around the globe. The company recently released a video highlighting how their products’ capabilities have tapped into people’s imaginations and accelerated progress across industries.

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                          Which 3D Printing Solution Fits Your Business?

                          by Lisa Hannon on April 6, 2017

                          Do you have an interest in learning more about additive manufacturing with 3D printing solutions? Are you part of a team that wants to bring products to market Which-3D-Printing-Solution-Fits-Your-Business-1faster? 3D printing technologies might be the answer for you but how do you know? At Fisher Unitech, we want to provide you with a guide that can help — whether you are a beginner with 3D printing or someone who already uses the technology but wants to explore more solutions.

                          No matter what level of knowledge you have with rapid prototyping, the guide “3D Printing Solutions” will help you determine if one of our solutions can help you design faster and smarter, bring products to market faster, or simply educate you further on how the technology works.

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                            Fail Your Way to Success in New Product Development with 3D Printing

                            by Jerry Fireman on March 21, 2017

                            If you are involved in new product development, you are probably facing a difficult paradox. You realize that thinking outside the box and taking risks is required to develop a product that will stand apart from the competition and achieve extraordinary success in the marketplace.

                            On the other hand, you also recognize that this kind of risk-taking behavior more often than not leads to failure. And neither you nor members of your team want to be associated with failure, especially the repeated failures that are often required in the early stages of developing an innovative product.

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                              First Impressions: Stratasys F370 Review

                              by Angelle Erickson on March 14, 2017

                              First-impressions-Stratasys-F370-reviewStratasys officially announced the new F123 series at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles on February 6th to thousands of attendees. The new lineup had big shoes to fill since Stratasys has discontinued production of the Fortus 250 and Dimension printers.  

                              So is the new F123 series from Stratasys living up to all the hype? I spoke to two of our 3D printing experts here at Fisher Unitech who work with the full range of Stratasys 3D printers on a daily basis. After having the new F370 for well over a month now, I was interested in what kind of an impact it has been having on its daily users.

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                                Additive Manufacturing Experts Weigh In at Stratasys F123 Innovation Event

                                by Christa Prokos on March 10, 2017
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                                When you gather a group of manufacturing experts, professionals, technology and service providers at an event to discuss additive manufacturing it’s going to get interesting—and full of heartfelt stories that shaped careers. 

                                The half day event took place on March 7th at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan near Fisher Unitech’s headquarters. This was the first in a series of ten Driving Manufacturing Innovation events taking place in multiple cities.

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                                  GrabCAD Print: Here’s what you Need to Know

                                  by Dan Erickson on March 6, 2017

                                  If you’ve been in the 3D printing world a while, GrabCAD is probably not unfamiliar to you. Along with Thingiverse and MyMinifactory, GrabCAD has been a stalwart repository of 3D-printable files; notable, in native CAD formats. Over the past 8 years, GrabCAD has been (and remains) an invaluable resource to some two million members.

                                  grabCAD-Print-Heres-what-you-need-to-knowSo what’s this GrabCAD Print thing, you ask? Well, it’s a slicer. Like Catalyst, Insight, and others, it slices a CAD model into thin layers, and then writes the instructions for a 3D printer to lay down material for each layer. GrabCAD Print supports polygon-based STL files, but unlike most, also directly reads native geometric modeling file formats like SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, UG/NX (among others) and the usual neutral formats (e.g., step, parasolid, iges); even assembly files.

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                                    Introducing the F123 Series 3D Printers

                                    by Stacey Clement on February 6, 2017

                                    3D printing fans, rejoice - the next generation of FDM 3D printers from Stratasys is here! Stratasys announced its new line of 3D printers, the F123 series, at the SOLIDWORKS World conference on Monday, Feb. 6. The line includes three powerful printers: the F170, F270, and F370.  We have all the details of the big announcement, plus a webcast on the new line that is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8.

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                                      SOLIDWORKS World Preview 2017

                                      by Stacey Clement on February 2, 2017

                                      SOLIDWORKS World 2017 will be here on February 5th, giving designers the opportunity to network, learn about new products, and choose from 200+ breakout sessions for a fresh perspective on the 3D design industry. Sessions will cover technical training, reseller training, and general topics.

                                      This year SOLIDWORKS has also introduced the Learning Path, where attendees can choose from one of four Learning Paths: Internet of Things, Model Based Definition, Additive Manufacture, and Subtractive Manufacturing. According to SOLIDWORKS, the learning paths will “give attendees a jump start in these important and emerging aspects of manufacturing.”

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                                        The Future of the Automotive Industry - 3D Printing Takes the Wheel

                                        by Rob Stipek on January 25, 2017

                                        Since the beginning, the automotive sector has been taking advantage of 3D printing for manufacturing and design applications. With a quick turn around rate, companies are able to produce concept models, functional prototypes, and manufacturing aids in a short amount of time. With this technology at hand, today’s technologies have drastically improved from the idea of a prototype to the full production of 3D printed vehicles like the Local Motors Strati concept car.

                                        Automotive industries are seeing the positive effects of using additive The-Future-of-the -Automotive-Industry-3D-printing-takes-the-wheel1manufacturing. Paul Susalla, the section supervisor of Rapid Manufacturing at Ford stated, “You can come up with a really optimized part at the end of the day...That’s all because of the speed with which we can produce the prototype parts without tooling.” Not only are 3D printed prototypes great for a fast turnaround, but statistics are being proven with numbers.

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                                          Digitizing Real-World Objects with 3D Scanners

                                          by Danny Jackson Levy on January 20, 2017

                                          Digitizing-Real-World-Objects-with-3D-Scanners1Engineers today have a wide array of software in their virtual toolbox which they can use to create precise 3D representations of designed models. However, the typical old school manufacturing facility contains an abundance of legacy components, worn out tools and other parts which may not have accurate CAD data associated with it.

                                          Enter 3D scanning, a technology integral to the progression of manufacturing through what is described as ‘the fourth industrial revolution’.

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                                            New Year, New Strategy – Why you Should Implement 3D Printing for your Business

                                            by Rob Stipek on January 4, 2017

                                            The most recent Wohlers Report states that the additive manufacturing industry grew to $5.1 billion dollars and shows no projected signs of slowing down over new-year-new-strategy-why-you-should-implement-3d-printing-for-your-business1the next four years. This growth in additive manufacturing is driven by designers and manufacturers finding value in using the technology to enable better ways of bringing products to life. As manufacturing moves into the 4th industrial revolution, where additive manufacturing is crucial, implementing new technologies is essential in order to gain a competitive edge.

                                            Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing the more common term, is the process by which digital 3D design is used to build up a component in layers by depositing material. Since the 1980s, the use of 3D printing, along with the maturity of technology and materials, has driven the steady growth in replacing traditional manufacturing means. You can now commonly see manufacturers such as BMW, Oreck, and Airbus using 3D printing for applications ranging from prototypes to manufacturing floor tools.

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                                              Are you stuck in the past waiting on the future?

                                              by Nick Licari on December 29, 2016

                                              Back in 1989, Doc Brown and Marty McFly promised me that in 2015 we wouldn’t need roads where we were going—we would have flying cars. By using this same concept today in the additive manufacturing community, I should still be driving my 1987 Chevy Celebrity until flying cars become available. As you can guess, I’ve purchased new cars since 1987. Think of all the advancements in automotive technology since then; sure it may not be as advanced as flying cars, but in 1989 had Hollywood been able to sell us on heated seats, GPS, park assist, and autonomous vehicles I think we may have been just as excited.

                                              So what does this have to do with additive manufacturing? Like Hollywood, large 3D printing companies are making big promises as to what their technologies may be capable of in the future… but not today. This futuristic “what if” is leading to more and more companies holding on to their 1987 Celebrities and barely getting by, hoping to buy that flying car when it becomes available rather than trading it in for current technology that is readily available and industry leading today. Companies such as HP and Rize Inc are constantly making promises on what their systems can do some day... but not today, or tomorrow, or the next year, or the year after that. So why would I buy their technology today?

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                                                Happy Holidays! Here’s a Geek’s Guide to Gift Giving

                                                by Angelle Erickson on December 21, 2016

                                                happy-holidays-heres-a-geeks-guide-to-gift-giving-1Engineers and designers spend a big portion of their day down a continuous path of possibilities and creation. With technology changing and improving at such a rapid pace, having the latest and greatest can mean faster production and improvements in the overall work environment.

                                                These engineers and designers in our lives are tech savvy. When inquiring about technical gadgets and gizmos they are the first person you turn to. So what kind of gift do you give to the person who is always on top of their game? In the 3D printing and CAD world there are many inspiring technologies.

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                                                  Every Single SOLIDWORKS 3D Printing Feature

                                                  by Sean O'neill on December 9, 2016

                                                  Did you know that since 2010, SOLIDWORKS has introduced new 3D printing features in each software release? Finding every single one of them can be a challenge. This year, for example, SOLIDWORKS implemented over 215 pages of new functionality into SOLIDWORKS 2017. It is a lot to digest.

                                                  For this reason, we created an infographic that includes each and every SOLIDWORKS 3D printing feature. As a preview, this article covers three of its biggest highlights in depth.

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                                                    When uPrint you win. How the uPrint will change the way you design.

                                                    by Rob Stipek on December 2, 2016

                                                    3D printing has become a beneficial tool for engineers and a necessity forwhenuprintyouwin streamlining and designing in the manufacturing industry. Unfortunately, many companies have yet to implement this technology for either the lack of perceived value or simply the unwillingness to change traditional processes. For manufacturers that are still on the fence, the Stratasys uPrint and uPrint SE plus are two affordable, yet powerful desktop machines that are capable of solving all of your manufacturing needs in real time. Built to perform, Stratasys uPrints are capable of creating anything from functional prototypes to manufacturing floor tools.

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                                                      3D Printing Changing how Manufacturers Produce Complex Composite Parts

                                                      by Rob Stipek on November 28, 2016

                                                      3D printing technology is rapidly changing how manufacturers are creating 3d-printing-changing-how-manufacturers-produce-complex-composite-parts1concept models and end-use parts. One of the fastest growing applications is utilizing 3D printing technology for the tooling of complex and low volume composite parts. Boeing and other companies in the aerospace and automotive industries are finding that using composite materials instead of metal, greatly reduces the weight and cost of their part which, over time, has saved thousands of dollars. So how are these models produced? There are two primary ways 3D printing is making this possible.

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                                                        Food for Thought: Could 3D Printing Help with Thanksgiving?

                                                        by Angelle Erickson on November 22, 2016
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                                                        The holiday season has officially begun, and many are beginning to prepare for guests to warm their homes and spectacular spreads of holiday treats, and oh—the turkey feast! But with much anticipation, there is always the panic of preparation. Need a helping hand in the kitchen? 3D printing has found new innovative ways to make food preparation and the culinary experience even more fun and exciting.

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                                                          The 3 Newest SOLIDWORKS 3D Printing Features

                                                          by Sean O'Neill on November 14, 2016

                                                          3D Printing is allowing the manufacturing world to innovate and iterate quicker than ever. It's important that our CAD design tools innovate in parallel. Accordingly, one good question buyers should ask is, "What SOLIDWORKS 3D printing features are available to SOLIDWORKS users?"the-3-newest-solidworks-3d-printing-investments11

                                                          In a survey done by technology research firm, Tech-Clarity, about 54% of companies claimed that the ability to support internal workflows was a key influence in selecting a CAD system. That was good enough to make it a top 5 consideration for your peers. A glance at the broader manufacturing landscape also shows that the 3D printing market, increasingly expanding its scope of capabilities and materials offered, projects to be a >$30 billion market by the year 2022.

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                                                            Stratasys J750 Changes How Engineers Validate Design

                                                            by Rob Stipek on November 9, 2016

                                                            For a design engineer, what is the best way to validate a CAD model? The most effective and efficient way is to use a 3D printer to rapidly produce a prototype. With a PolyJet 3D printer, for example, a designer can not only verify a design, but can also receive feedback on the look and feel of the physical prototype, or part.

                                                            PolyJet 3D printing is an extremely precise and detailed additive manufacturing technology that uses photopolymers to build up layers of material to create the desired part. The most technologically advanced PolyJet 3D printer, the Stratasys J750, was released earlier this year. The J750 gives design engineers greater capabilities that can improve the product development process even more. It is a step above the already industry leading precision 3D printing technology Stratasys offers.

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                                                              3D Printing Halloween Sci-fi Props

                                                              by Danny Jackson Levy on October 31, 2016

                                                              “More human than human” is the famous corporate tagline from the fictional company, Tyrell Corporation, in the 1982 Sci-fi classic movie Blade Runner. This quote is what kept me going as I worked to perfect the replica blaster that I have always dreamed of owning. Created by the infamous Hollywood prop maker, Richard Coyle, the original Blade Runner handgun prop is considered one of the most sought after sci-fi guns next to Han Solo’s blaster. 3d-printing-halloween-sci-fi-props1

                                                              The model I chose to create was designed by Andrew Forster and integrates the key characteristics of Coyle’s blaster. The forty component assembly was designed and toleranced for FDM 3D printing and requires a significant amount of post-processing to finish to spec. Since this was my first time making movie props, there was a great deal of learning involved to take the project from start to finish. For those interested in using 3D printing to make props, here are tips from my experience so you don’t have to learn the hard way.

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                                                                Efficiency, Flexibility and the Factory of the Future with 3D Printing

                                                                by Christa Prokos on October 28, 2016

                                                                The adoption of industrial 3D printing continues to grow with global spending on printers reaching nearly $11 billion in 2015. International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that spending will rise to about $27 billion by 2019.  

                                                                Statistics aside, examples of industry growth are making recent headlines. “Airbus Standardizes on Stratasys Additive Manufacturing Solutions for A350 XWB Aircraft Supply Chain,” reads the headline of an October 13th press release from leading 3D printer and materials manufacturer, Stratasys.

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                                                                  How 3D Printing Improves the Sand Casting Process

                                                                  by Rob Stipek on October 24, 2016

                                                                  Sand casting is the process of using a mold made of sand to create metal casted parts. It is one of the oldest processes used to create metal parts, dating back thousands of years. The basic process of sand casting involves several steps: First, a part shape, runner layouts, and gates are placed into special sand to create a mold. Next, a molten metal material is poured into the mold and cooled to solidify it. Last, the sand mold is broken away leaving a metal part that is ready for clean up and production.

                                                                  Sand casting is used for a wide range of industry applications with the primary manufacturers being foundries and pattern shops. If this process seems so simple and has been around this long, how can 3D printing improve the sand casting process?

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                                                                    The Business Boosting Benefits of 3D Printing

                                                                    by Christa Prokos on October 18, 2016

                                                                    About thirty years ago, 3D printing emerged as a new technology that could create objects from a digital file using a process known as additive manufacturing. Today, news coverage continues to follow the business boosting benefits it affords. 

                                                                    If you are new to 3D printing, here is how it is done: First, you make a virtual design of an object using a 3D-modeling CAD program to design a new object, or if you would like to make a design file of an existing object, you can use a 3D scanner to copy it. Next, the 3D printer prints the object by applying layer after layer of material to produce the complete object. The material can be anything from clear, rubberlike and biocompatible photopolymers to tough high-performance thermoplastics. It just depends on the application for which the object is created, and the 3D printer used.

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                                                                      3D Printed Prototypes Essential to Automotive Industry

                                                                      by Rob Stipek on October 10, 2016
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                                                                      Balancing deadlines and quality work isn’t an easy task to accomplish, especially when you are challenged with creating complex automotive designs. OEMs and their suppliers are constantly looking for ways to improve process, while saving time and money. This is where using 3D printing for prototyping has become an essential part of the automotive design process.

                                                                      Validation of a design base on what a computer image shows you isn’t a foolproof way of ensuring design quality and traditional prototyping methods can be costly and expensive. By incorporating an onsite 3D printer, design engineers can print their CAD models and have them in hand within a matter of hours, ensuring quality and design validation at a speed and price that far exceeds traditional means. The value of having a part in hand to make a proper determination on design quality can be the catalyst to a project’s success.   

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                                                                        Celebrating National Manufacturing Day

                                                                        by Angelle Erickson on October 7, 2016

                                                                         

                                                                        celebrating-national-manufacturing-day-whitespaceThe first Friday in October is celebrated as National Manufacturing Day, where we commend those who have made American products with passion and determination. These are the same people who have inspired the upcoming generation of students to become further educated on developing the future. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution which will focus on the integration of data and communication, companies are focusing on skills, continued innovation, and setting new standards to drive the next generation.

                                                                        So where does Fisher Unitech see manufacturing heading for the future? I asked Danny Levy, a 3D printing Application Engineer who works with our manufacturing customers, what his thoughts were on the topic. His insights were inspirationally optimistic.

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                                                                          The Power of PolyJet Technology for 3D Printing

                                                                          by Rob Stipek on September 27, 2016

                                                                          If you’re new to PolyJet technology, it works similarly to inkjet printing, but rather than jetting drops of ink onto paper, PolyJet 3D printers jet layers of photopolymer materials onto a build tray. With PolyJet materials, users get a unique way to create high quality 3D printed parts that incorporate color, texture, and multi-material capabilities all in the same build.the-power-of-polyjet-technology-for-3d-printing

                                                                          Why does PolyJet reign supreme?

                                                                          PolyJet technology produces highly realistic, functional 3D models in a wide range of materials. It also provides properties that span from rigid to rubber and opaque to transparent, solving all of your printing needs. There are also materials that perform similarly to engineering plastics which combine toughness and heat resistance. PolyJet enables designers, engineers, and artists to produce finely detailed models and prototypes for virtually any industry.

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                                                                            3D CAD and 3D Printing Meet Virtual Reality

                                                                            by Christa Prokos on September 22, 2016

                                                                            Virtual Reality, commonly referred to as VR, is becoming more and more prevalent in our lives. Just look at the obvious example of gaming. You probably know at least one person in your circle of friends or family who has told you to try out their VR headset to see something in a new way.

                                                                            3d-cad-and-3d-printing-meet-virtual-realityBeyond gaming and entertainment, VR is also used for business and educational purposes such as training, research, and engineering. We asked Dan Wagner at Prism Engineering, a Fisher Unitech company, to tell us more about VR and how he and a technical team of 3D CAD and 3D printing experts are using it for their engineering purposes.

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                                                                              Come Experience the Game Changing 3D Printer: Stratasys J750

                                                                              by Rob Stipek on September 9, 2016

                                                                              Ask anyone in business, higher education or the manufacturing community what their top objectives are and they’ll probably say it’s to achieve more, to solve more problems, and to act faster than what’s now possible—all while saving money in the process. Ask what’s holding them back and you’ll probably find a diverse variety of obstacles in their day-to-day work processes that hinder their progress.

                                                                              Having the right tools to do the job is one crucial element in solving problems and becoming more efficient and productive. Additive manufacturing, widely known as 3D printing, is one of those tools. It helps businesses, educators, and manufacturers breakdown production barriers. Using 3D printing reduces time and effort to produce parts, models, prototypes and other objects. And today, the game changing 3D printer is the J750 from Stratasys. You can come experience all that the Stratasys J750 has to offer at an upcoming Fisher Unitech J750 Roadshow Event

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                                                                                Stratasys to Demonstrate Next generation 3D Printing at 2016 IMTS

                                                                                by Rob Stipek on August 25, 2016

                                                                                The 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced it is previewing demonstrations of next generation manufacturing technologies at IMTS 2016 as part of its SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT™ vision for manufacturing. SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT builds on Stratasys’ industrial FDM® 3D printing expertise to respond to the needs of customers’ most challenging applications, addressing manufacturers’ needs to rapidly produce strong parts ranging in size from an automobile armrest to an entire aircraft interior panel. The Stratasys ecosystem of additive and traditional technologies, software workflows, materials development, and professional services align with individual application needs, better meeting quality, cost, and delivery metrics while unlocking the capabilities of additive manufacturing to revolutionize how parts are designed and built.

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                                                                                  3D Printing Goes for Gold at the Olympics

                                                                                  by Angelle Erickson on August 16, 2016

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                                                                                  Michael Phelps had an extra pep in his step during the 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. His Under Armour sneakers were more than just comfortable, they were 3D printed. Under Armour has incorporated additive manufacturing into its product development process along with other major brands such as Nike and Adidas.

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                                                                                    FDM Additive Manufacturing and its Impact on the Automotive Industry

                                                                                    by Rob Stipek on August 15, 2016
                                                                                    The automotive industry is a very competitive market to be in. OEMs and Suppliers alike are constantly trying to better develop processes that increase production, productivity, and innovation while at the same time reducing cost and waste. One of the increasingly vital tools that automakers are coming to rely on is Additive Manufacturing, specifically Fused Deposition Modeling.
                                                                                     
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                                                                                      FDM and Polyjet Additive Manufacturing for Production Parts

                                                                                      by Rob Stipek on August 8, 2016
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                                                                                      Everyone knows that additive manufacturing is great for taking a CAD design and turning it into a physical model. Prototyping and concept modeling have traditionally been where additive manufacturing has found its niche with production, design, and manufacturing engineers. Today users of professional 3D printers are taking the next steps in the evolution of the technology and finding ways to incorporate additive manufacturing into production parts. Producing end use parts with additive manufacturing technology not only dramatically reduces your production costs and delivery times, it also reduces inventory while creating new supply chain efficiencies and new business models.

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                                                                                        Stratasys Announces New Promotion for the Workhorse uPrint 3D Printers

                                                                                        by Rob Stipek on August 3, 2016

                                                                                        Designers and manufactures in all industries are finding that having a true professional in house 3D printer can be crucial to product development success.  World leader in 3D printing Stratasys has announced an exciting new offer for those interested in bringing on board a professional grade 3D printer. The work horse Fused Deposition Modeling 3D printers uPrint SE and uPrint SE Plus for a limited time been given a special price reduction of a 30%. These machines are ideal for organizations looking for an affordable entry point into the world of professional 3D printing.

                                                                                        uPrint SE List Price Reduction   From $13,900 to $9,900 uPrint SE list Plus Price Reduction   From $18,900 to $13,900
                                                                                        With accessibility to thermoplastic ABS materials, these machines can build parts that help engineers do everything from validating designs to creating jigs and fixtures.

                                                                                        Click here to download the uPrint spec sheet and learn more. 


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                                                                                          SUP 706 Game Changer for Polyjet 3D Printing

                                                                                          by Rob Stipek on June 29, 2016

                                                                                          SUP 706 support material is a game changer for those looking to create complex and detailed prototypes and concept models. This hands-free soluble support material promises to make the cleaning and post processing of 3D printed models, in particular those requiring intricately placed support materials, fast and easy. This material specific to Polyjet 3D printing, educes post-printing processing down to a two-step, automated soak and rinse process.soluble1

                                                                                          Business that have projects that are time sensitive are reaping the benefits of SUP706 as time consuming post processing is drastically reduced and productivity is vastly improved upon.

                                                                                          “The development of SUP706 provides a great combination of advantages for 3D printing users,” said David Tulipman, director of product management for PolyJet consumables at Stratasys. “Owners of PolyJet-based 3D printers can now print small, intricate features with greater reassurance, and clean several parts at once, enabling high volume 3D printing that’s both cost-effective and hassle-free.”

                                                                                          To learn more about SUP 706 and other 3D Printing support materials that are opening up new 3D printing application check out Fisher Unitechs upcoming webcast on the benefits of using soluble support. Click here to learn more and sign up.


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                                                                                            Fisher Unitech and Milacron Team Up for 3D Printing Injection Molding Event

                                                                                            by Rob Stipek on June 17, 2016
                                                                                            Last week world leading provider of 3D printing technology Fisher Unitech and world leader in injection molding machining Milacon teamed up for an event showcasing the value of using 3D printed molds for low volume production. The event which was hosted at Milacron state of the art Batavia facilities introduced attendees to how industry is realizing the value of using 3D printed molds along with an onsite demonstration of just how the process works.

                                                                                             

                                                                                            Team members from both companies ran through presentations regarding how to pick the right injection molding machine for the right applications, Polyjet technology overview, and the process in which injection molders should follow when running 3D printed molds. This event was very technical in nature with the goal of providing attendees with a solid educational base to which they can apply in their own design shops. With the great turn out and positive feedback from attendees, this is the type of event that both Fisher and Milacron hope to replicate in the coming months.  If you have any questions regarding 3D printed injection molds and polyjet technology please click here to download “Top 5 Reasons to Integrate PolyJet into YourProduct Development Lifecycle”

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                                                                                              3D Printing for the Injection Molding Process

                                                                                              by Rob Stipek on May 26, 2016
                                                                                              In the world of injection molding, the amount of challenges that mold makers and part designers face can be overwhelming. Factors such as weld lines, air traps, balanced fill, and sink marks are just a small handful of issues that can be incredibly detrimental to producing a really good quality plastic part.
                                                                                              Many designers utilize different simulation tools to ensure quality, but there is no substitute for being able to hold and touch a physical part, however tooling an aluminum mold for a small volume of parts can be rather expensive and take a fair amount of time to create.  This is where many injection molders are utilizing 3D print their molds saving both time and money when producing low volume production parts and prototypes.

                                                                                              Utilizing Polyjet 3D Printing technology to create molds can be a great option under the right circumstances. These printers use a photopolymer to layer by layer build a molds core and cavity. The mold can be put into a mud base and injected with the actual material that the end use part will be made of. By doing this mold makers can produce parts that are high quality at a fraction of the cost. Granted these molds are not as durable as tradition injection molds but for low volume production 3D printed molds can be a major cost reduction tool.


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                                                                                                Stratasys Announces New Acceleration Kit for Fortus 900

                                                                                                by Rob Stipek on May 20, 2016
                                                                                                Earlier this week Stratasys released a new acceleration kit that will get builds in their

                                                                                                Fortus 900 machines done faster and more effectively. The top of the line Fused Deposition Modeling machine current customers are using features the T20 extruder tip, this can be upgraded to a new T40 tip which will provide customers:

                                                                                                · The largest available slice height for FDM systems.
                                                                                                · Throughput 2-3 times faster on average compared to T20 tip.
                                                                                                · Plug-and-play’ solution that requires no additional hardware.

                                                                                                900 users will need to have the latest controller (Version 3.19) and insight software (Version 10.8) updates in order to utilize the upgraded tip. The Fortus 900 delivers to its customers all the available benefits that Stratasys FDM printers have available, this new tip enables user the ability to continue producing high quality parts, but in a way that enables more control and faster build speeds.


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                                                                                                  Not Just Why 3D Printing, but Why the Stratasys J750

                                                                                                  by Rob Stipek on May 3, 2016
                                                                                                  In order to create great products creativity, prototyping, and concept validation are key. Design engineers have broken new ground in their designs with Stratasys’ new J750 3D printer. Ever since it’s April debut, the J750 has made waves with its creative capabilities.

                                                                                                  Incredible Part Realism

                                                                                                  A hallmark of the Stratasys J750 is its true full-color capability, a breakthrough in 3D printing technology. Although printing in various colors isn’t new, getting the quality you want along with a whopping 360,000 color selection is.

                                                                                                  Unmatched Versatility

                                                                                                  This versatility originates from its robust material capacity, accommodating input of up to six base resins. Because advanced PolyJet systems create composite materials right on the build tray, the number of material options is far greater than the number of input materials. In the Stratasys J750, those six base resins yield hundreds of thousands of colors, translucencies and durometers.

                                                                                                  Fast, Efficient, and Easy to Use

                                                                                                  Printing with the J750 is easy, starting with PolyJet StudioTM software to process your part. PolyJet Studio is the next generation of Objet StudioTM software and offers multiple improvements for workflow efficiency. Improvements include an intuitive interface that makes it easy to choose material, optimize the build, and mange print queues. After the parameters of the part are selected, the user hits “print” and it’s ready to build.
                                                                                                  The J750 is ideal for any user, whether you’re planning on creating detailed surgical guides or looking to produce color coded jigs and fixtures. For more information, click here to download the newly released J750 EBook.

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                                                                                                    The Future of Manufacturing with 3D Printing Event

                                                                                                    by Rob Stipek on April 14, 2016

                                                                                                    World leading Stratasys 3D printing partner Fisher Unitech is excited to announce The Future of

                                                                                                    Manufacturing Event series highlighting the benefits manufacturing is seeing with the utilization of 3D printing. The landscape of manufacturing is transforming and 3D printing is becoming essential to production. Fisher Unitech welcomes all to this excellent opportunity to learn more about how 3D printing can increase time to market, drive innovation, and save costs.

                                                                                                    Participants of these events will learn about:

                                                                                                    • Fused Deposition Modeling and Polyjet Technologies
                                                                                                    • 3D Printing Applications and customer success stories
                                                                                                    • New J750 Features and Functionality
                                                                                                    • 3D Printing Materials Overview

                                                                                                    • 3D Printing Post Processing Techniques

                                                                                                    The Future of Manufacturing Event Series is complimentary to attend and breakfast will be provided at all locations for participants. Please click below to attend at any of the 4 current locations.-Troy, Michigan at the Fisher Unitech Headquarters May 5, 2016. Register 

                                                                                                    -Schaumburg, Illinois at the Hyatt Hotel May 10, 2016. Register 

                                                                                                    -Cincinnati, Ohio at Fisher Unitech Local Office May 17, 2016. Register

                                                                                                    -St Charles, Missouri at the St Charles Convention Center May 19, 2016. Register 


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                                                                                                      New Stratasys J750 Breaking Down Design Walls

                                                                                                      by Rob Stipek on April 4, 2016
                                                                                                      Earlier today, Stratasys announced the J750, the latest addition to their world-leading professional 3D printer lineup. Building on the already successful high-resolution multi-material PolyJet technology, this printer delivers unrivaled aesthetic performance as the world’s first full color 3D printer.
                                                                                                      Unmatched Realism
                                                                                                      Full-color capability, texture mapping, and color gradients allow the creation of prototypes that look, feel, and operate like a fully finished product. Thanks to the Stratasys J750’s wide range of material properties, painting and assembly are no longer required.
                                                                                                      Maximum Versatility
                                                                                                      With the fastest PolyJet mult-material 3D printer, time for part intricacy and complexity is no longer a sacrifice. J750 allows users to take full advantage of unparalleled 3D printing by channeling a range of applications that previously required a several step process in order to achieve an all-in-one package with a vast array of colors and material properties. Users will now be able to print parts that feature Digital ABS alongside a variety of flexible Shore values and/or translucencies.
                                                                                                      Print with 6 Materials at Once
                                                                                                      The large, six-material capacity of the Stratasys J750 means you can load your most used resins and avoid downtime associated with material changeovers. Print simulated production plastics, like Digital ABS™, in half the time or with twice the resolution. With an astounding 360,000+ color combinations to choose from and multi-material capability, the Stratasys J750 allows you to bring even your most imaginative ideas to life.
                                                                                                      Customer Success For more information on how customers are utilizing the new J750, check outthis case study discussing build service provider Synergy is saving their customers time and money, while providing the most vivid detailed concept models ever produced by a 3D printer.

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