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    Our Top 10 3D Printing Blogs of 2018

    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 23, 2019

    Top 10 3D Printing BlogsCompanies and industries from around the globe are breaking barriers and embracing the disruption that 3D printing and additive manufacturing is creating. In 2018, we covered a wide range of subjects from breakthrough materials to brand new 3D printers that are assisting with the medical industry and surgical models to aerospace parts and consumer goods packaging. In case you missed any, here’s a compilation of the top 10 3D Printing blogs we published in 2018. Enjoy.

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      3D Printing in the Automotive Industry: Revving Up Production with the Stratasys J750

      Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on January 22, 2019

      3D printing in automotive industryThe automotive industry has changed in almost every way since its beginnings in the 1800s, with rapid advances in everything from design and production to the parts and materials used. Today, the latest innovations in the automotive industry are driven by 3D printing, so much so that the market is expected to reach $1.56 billion by 2020. The availability of new materials like nylon, Ultem, and carbon fiber have given manufacturers more options when it when to comes to automotive applications, and continued improvements to 3D printing technology have reduced costs across the board.

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        The Best of 2018: A Fisher Unitech Recap

        Matt Wise by Matt Wise on January 18, 2019

        Fisher Unitech Happy new year! 2019 is upon us and as we ring in the new year, let’s reflect on the old. Last year was significant for Fisher Unitech, its partners, customers, and staff. 2018 saw significant investment throughout our organization, including a move to our new state-of-the-art Headquarters (which was named one of Michigan’s best places to work). It saw technological advancements in hardware and software from our longtime partners Stratasys, SOLIDWORKS, and Artec (as well as some exciting new partnerships) that will help our customers continue to lead the world in manufacturing innovations. I’d take a few moments to recognize some of our shared achievements of 2018.

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          David Bolen, Stratasys Dental Strategic Account Manager | Spotlight Interview

          Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on January 7, 2019

          David Bolen InterviewDental is an enormous and growing target for 3D printing. With the combination of specialized model shops, dentists, and orthodontists, it isn’t just your local dentists that need this technology - the industry as a whole is being disrupted.

          I recently spoke to David Bolen, Strategic Account Manager at Stratasys about the current state of the dental and orthodontic technology, workflows, and manufacturing and how 3D printing is exponentially increasing throughput and efficiency within.

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            7 Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) Principles

            Simon Indrele by Simon Indrele on December 26, 2018

            design for additive manufacturing3D printing started in the 1980s and since then quite a few different technologies have developed. DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing) will be applied differently to different 3D printing technologies. Different technologies require different optimization techniques which is important to keep in mind.

            In this blog, we’re going to touch on PolyJet and FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technologies. Let’s take a look.

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              The Best of 3D Post-Printing: PostProcess Technologies

              Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on November 26, 2018

              post processing in 3d printingAdditive manufacturing is on the rise; according to a report by Markets and Markets, the 3D printing industry is expected to be worth $32.78 billion by 2023. Defined by innovation and breakthrough technology, the use of additive manufacturing has impacted almost every industry by streamlining processes, saving money, and creating entirely new ways of doing work. Unfortunately, this innovation has not yet carried over to post-processing methods, which are typically still carried out in traditional and time-intensive ways - but companies like PostProcess Technologies are stepping up to innovate post-processing and help manufacturers save time and money.

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                Jeff Mize, CEO of PostProcess Technologies | Spotlight Interview

                Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on November 12, 2018

                surface finishI recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Mize, CEO of PostProcess Technologies to dive into what his team is working on and what’s to come. Jeff Mize spearheads a team of over 50 people based out of Buffalo, New York, who are continually developing and reiterating their streamlined and automated PostProcess to 3D printing, consisting of specifically tailored chemistry, hardware, and software.

                Jeff is an accomplished technical leader, leading two previous companies to billion and multi-billion dollar acquisitions. Although he is relatively new to 3D printing, there is a theme to his career. First, he digitized maps, then farming data, and now - post-processing of 3D printing. Here’s what Jeff had to say during his spotlight interview.

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                  Celebrating Manufacturing Day with Students at Make It: Manufacturing

                  Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on October 26, 2018

                  Manufacturing DayOn October 9th, Fisher Unitech hosted students from Ferndale and Hazel Park public schools during an event called “Make It: Manufacturing” at our Iron Ridge headquarters in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan. This was the second event organized by Pathway X Events that Fisher Unitech has sponsored and it was as rewarding for all involved as the first event called “Build IT.”

                  Why? Because Pathway X Events is helping kids learn about opportunities in manufacturing and other high demand careers through engaging, hands-on activities. This is a cause that Fisher Unitech can get behind. Plus, what fun to spend another inspiring day with young people to introduce them to 3D printing and 3D design software used in manufacturing.

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                    Alive or Dead? RTV Molding in Additive Manufacturing

                    Derek Ellis by Derek Ellis on October 25, 2018

                    RTV moldingFisher Unitech recently exhibited at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) conference and tradeshow in Chicago, Illinois. At IMTS we showcased our newest product lines from PostProcess Technologies and Nano Dimension as well as Artec 3D scanners and Stratasys 3D printers. I noticed that the majority of the crowd I saw were young engineers who had grown up in the transformative age of 3D Printing. I couldn’t help but wonder how many of them had ever even heard of RTV silicone molding, let alone used it. Have you?

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                      Smart Products & Design for the Internet of Things

                      Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on October 16, 2018

                      smart productsIf you’ve worked in business you’ve probably heard that it’s important to “fail fast,” but what exactly does this mean? It certainly doesn’t mean that your business should fail quickly, or you should fire an employee at the first sign of trouble. Instead, “failing fast,” should be about embracing small tests, moving quickly, and pivoting if you fail. This is especially true in experimental areas like the Internet of Things (IoT), which is spreading rapidly across industries and driven by innovation. Companies that can create new applications for IoT and the smart products that support them will ultimately be the winners in a market expected to reach a value of $267 billion by 2020.

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                        Manufacturing Day 2018

                        Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 5, 2018

                        manufacturing day 2018Happy Manufacturing Day 2018! Celebrated this year on October 5th, 2018, manufacturers everywhere are recognized for their achievements to streamline and challenge the modern world. With the rise of Industry 4.0 (or the Fourth Industrial Revolution) manufacturers are continuing to bring new products and ideas to life to help improve communicative capabilities and integrated data.

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                          3D Printing Support Material Removal and Surface Finishing Hardware

                          Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on September 19, 2018

                          Support Material Removal

                          In part one of this blog series we discuss the secret behind PostProcess Technologies and the world’s first digitized post-processing solution for 3D printed parts - AUTOMAT3D software. In part two we take a deep dive into the backbone of that digitized post-processing solution - chemistry. In our final installment, we are breaking down the machines themselves and taking a look at the hardware.

                          PostProcess hardware is categorized into two simple categories: Support Removal and Surface Finishing. Let’s take a look.

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                            AUTOMAT3D: 3D Printing Support Material Software by PostProcess Technologies

                            Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on September 7, 2018

                            3d printing support material removal Since the inception of 3D printing, there have been phenomenal, albeit incremental innovations and improvements with virtually every step of the manufacturing workflow. Part Design has Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) procedures and Generative Design, Pre-Printing setup has software like GrabCAD (part slicing/scheduling/monitoring), and the machines themselves have incrementally increased material catalogs, speed, resolution, and repeatability since their inception. However, some of you may have realized that there has surprisingly been a lack of innovation in one important facet of 3D printing - Post-printing (3D printing support material removal).

                            PostProcess Technologies has automated this area of 3D printing, which historically solely relied on precise operator knowledge that would leave a company once that operator left or retired. Deemed “tribal knowledge”, this skillset required dedicated operators who, even though they did excellent work, would not be able to have true repeatability due to the nature of work by hand. The only previous workaround to this would be support washing tanks and tumblers, which were never specifically designed or optimized for 3D printings, nor were their settings customizable. PostProcess Technologies has digitized this formerly analog process with three distinct innovations: software, hardware, and chemistry.

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                              Attend a SOLIDWORKS 2019 Launch Event Near You

                              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on August 28, 2018

                              SOLIDWORKS 2019Fall is always an exciting time of year for the SOLIDWORKS community. It’s when the new release of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software is unveiled at launch events. Whether you are a SOLIDWORKS power user, or just starting out, SOLIDWORKS 2019 contains hundreds of new, user-driven enhancements that make it the best release ever.

                              Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS 2019 launch events are packed with product demonstrations and use case examples to show you the new release in action. You will see how enhancements and new features in SOLIDWORKS 2019 will help you go from design to finished products faster than ever before. Plus, you will gain some tips and tricks to take back to your office that will increase your productivity when working in SOLIDWORKS and ways to improve your product development processes with the latest in additive manufacturing technologies.

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                                Passionate Makers and Speakers Attend Maker Faire Detroit

                                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on August 2, 2018

                                Maker Faire DetroitMaker Faire Detroit wrapped up its weekend-long festival on July 29th at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Thousands of people gathered for an event that is “part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new” according to their website. For over 10 years, Maker Faire has been inspiring kids and adults across the United States to embrace science and technology with hundreds of exhibitors that want to show you what they’ve made and to share with you what they’ve learned in the process. If you’re unfamiliar with Maker Faires or missed out on Detroit, here’s what happened.

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                                  PostProcess Announces Expanded Channel Partner Coverage Across North America

                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on May 22, 2018

                                  PostProcessPostProcess Technologies, based out of Buffalo, New York, is the pioneer of automated and intelligent post-printing solutions for industrial 3D printing. They provide solutions that remove the bottleneck of additive manufacturing - post-printing. Fortunately, they’ve made the process of removing supports and surface finishing printed parts easier, more consistent, and more efficient.

                                  Today PostProcess Technologies announced the expansion of their channel partner coverage in North America, securing agreements with AdvancedTek, Cimetrix, Fisher Unitech, and Tech-Labs.

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                                    Stratasys J750: Revolutionizing Consumer Goods & More

                                    Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on March 28, 2018

                                    Stratasys J750Are you a consumer goods company, medical manufacturer, or automotive industry engineer looking for a more versatile and effective way to 3D print? With the release of the Stratasys J750 3D Printer, the first full-color, multi-material system, designers and manufacturers can now achieve unmatched product realism with game-changing versatility.

                                    The Stratasys J750 is different from other printers in that it offers a wide range of material properties and over 360,000 color combinations. The use of color textures and gradients result in prototypes and parts with unparalleled realism, opening exciting new doors for a variety of industries. From medical models for surgery prep to faster and more efficient sneaker designs, the Stratasys J750 will help designers and engineers create better results with maximized uptime.

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                                      Designing for Manufacturability with Injection Molding

                                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on March 13, 2018

                                      Designing for Manufacturability with Injection MoldingInjection molding has its advantages including eliminating unneeded costs and reducing time to market by improving your part design process from concept through production. In a world where parts seem to be getting smaller yet stronger, design integrity, part tolerance, and form-fit-function tools are more important now than ever. Injection Molding offers a bunch of great tools that can assist with cost, repeatability, iteration cycles, scale, prototyping to production, time to market and more.

                                      Our friends at Xcentric Mold & Engineering hosted a Designing for Manufacturability webinar demonstrating how to optimize your part design, reduce costs, and reduce the time frame to produce your injection molded plastic parts. Keep reading to take a look at some of these features.

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                                        ThunderChickens FIRST Robotics Team is Ready for 2018 Competition

                                        Ryan Henigan by Ryan Henigan on February 20, 2018

                                        ThunderChickensWith a new year comes a new FIRST Robotics season for the ThunderChickens. High school students in FIRST Robotics teams across the globe anxiously wait for this time of year. On January 6th, “For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology” (FIRST) released this year's FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION (FRC) challenge.

                                        FIRST Robotics is an organization that has been around since its founding by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers in 1989. Their goal is to inspire young students to participate in Science and Engineering as if it were a sport. With traditional high school sports receiving so much attention, Dean and Woodie set out to create a sport for the mind that all of its participants could “go pro” in some day.

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                                          The Automotive Industry Continues to Drive Additive Manufacturing Solutions

                                          Bryant Goudelock by Bryant Goudelock on February 15, 2018

                                          3D Printig soutions The automotive industry in the United States has seen many changes in production since its early beginnings in the late 1800’s. From Henry Ford’s Model T to the Big Three, factory floors have adapted to developments in production. In the beginning, designers and engineers used mockup drawings and general prototyping to demonstrate their ideas, but for the last two decades, the automotive industry has grown even more. With the use of an additive manufacturing and 3D printing solution, automotive manufacturers can create functional models, jigs, fixtures, and assembly aides along with other manufacturing tools to improve time to market.

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                                            New Developments in Additive Manufacturing: Aerospace

                                            Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on January 31, 2018

                                            additive manufacturing in aerospaceIn August 2017, we wrote about the growing popularity of 3D printing in aerospace due to the cost, quality, and efficiency of 3D printed airplane parts and 3D printing materials. Since our last post, even more aerospace companies have adopted additive manufacturing, and new innovations seem to be emerging every day. Here are the most recent developments in additive manufacturing in aerospace, and what we can expect in the future.

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                                              Justifying a 3D Printer Investment for Rapid Prototyping

                                              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 24, 2018

                                              Justifying a 3D printerDo you think your company could benefit from 3D printing technologies? Are your design teams, engineers, and product managers on board but your accounting or finance department and management teams are still on the fence? If you could use a little help convincing the rest of your team to justify a large investment, you’re not alone. The advantages are significant, as 3D printing allows product development teams to easily, rapidly, and cost effectively produce models, prototypes, and patterns. Parts can be produced in hours or days rather than weeks.

                                              For many companies, prototyping is an expense, not an investment, for which there is a limited budget. With this mindset, increasing the volume of prototyping work means only that expenses increase. This translates to a negative impact on the bottom line that becomes hard to rationalize. To justify 3D printing based on printing more prototypes, the value of prototyping must be quantified in real, tangible ways. The following blog will help you define challenges you may face along with a whitepaper that provides case studies and all the steps you should take to win your case.

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                                                3D Printing News: Top 10 Stories of 2017

                                                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 8, 2018

                                                Top 10 3D Printing News of 2017-13D printing has continued to make an impact in many different areas. Whether it’s helping save lives in the medical field, driving innovation in the automotive industry, or bringing opportunities to new heights in the world of aerospace technologies, 3D printing news is making headlines for its endless possibilities.

                                                In 2017 here at Fisher Unitech, we covered a lot of 3D printing news, Stratasys came out with a new line of printers, materials, and new enhancements to GrabCAD Print, and we continued to explore 3D scanning and metal 3D printing. These are the top ten stories we posted in 2017. Have you read them all?

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                                                  Objet30 3D Printer Helps Nicomatic Speed Delivery: A Case Study

                                                  Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on December 27, 2017

                                                  Stratasys Objet30 Helps Nicomatic Speed Delivery: A Case Study-1Companies like Nicomatic are applying the capabilities of 3D printing into their everyday workflow. With 3D printing readily available, prototypes and end-use parts can be made and analyzed faster than ever before. Learn how Nicomatic successfully increased their production of custom fixtures and prototypes with additive manufacturing solutions.

                                                  Nicomatic builds electrical connectors, cables and switches for the defense, avionics, medical, space and membrane switch industries as well as many others. Often Nicomatic’s customers order the connectors late in the product development process and in these cases fast delivery is essential to meeting the customer’s product launch date.

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                                                    Everything You Need to Know About Manufacturing: 20 Manufacturing Statistics

                                                    Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on December 20, 2017

                                                    Manufacturing Statistics Manufacturers big and small play an important role in the U.S. economy; according to the United States Census Bureau, manufacturers are the nation’s fourth-largest employer and ship trillions of dollars in goods every year. Whether it’s a large auto plant churning out cars or an establishment with fewer than 50 employees, manufacturers are critical to the country’s global success. Yet many people have misconceptions about the manufacturing industry -- that jobs are undesirable and low-paying, or that the United States is rapidly losing ground to China.

                                                    In reality, the United States’ manufacturers are still going strong and offer a wide range of well-paying jobs. Here are 20 manufacturing statistics and facts you should know.

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                                                      Create the Future with New GrabCAD Voxel Print

                                                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 8, 2017

                                                      Stratasys GrabCAD Voxel Print The power of additive technology is changing the way designers imagine and create their designs. Encountering roadblocks due to lack of technology is a thing of the past especially for researchers involved in FAD (fabrication aided design). The new groundbreaking capabilities of GrabCAD Voxel Print allows designers to design and fabricate from the bottom up using voxels. What is a voxel? A voxel is a volumetric, or three dimensional pixel which allows for full control of the material or properties being used in a design.

                                                      The following blog was created and provided by Stratasys and provides a detailed look into the endless capabilities of GrabCAD Voxel Print.

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                                                        New VeroFlex 3D Printing Material Raises the Bar in Eyewear

                                                        Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 10, 2017

                                                        New-VeroFlex-3D-Printing-Material-Raises-the-Bar-in-Eyewear-1The eyewear industry requires a high production rate in order to meet the demands of fashion trends, season changes, and the pure number of competitors currently in the marketplace. However, among those demands are the consumers who continuously search for the latest and greatest products and fashions available.

                                                        So how are eyewear companies going to meet these demands while also staying ahead of their competition?  Stratasys, the leading provider of Additive Manufacturing solutions, has the answer with their PolyJet VeroFlex 3D printing material that can drastically cut production time.

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                                                          Medical 3D Printing Saves Lives and Helps Surgeons Reduce Complications

                                                          Bruce White by Bruce White on October 31, 2017

                                                          Medical-3D-Printing-Helps-Surgeons-Reduce-Complications-and-Save-Lives-1Medical 3D printing is well on its way to giving surgeons a way to practice before game time. For preoperative planning, it allows surgeons to see the specific anatomic problems of individual patients. In essence, medical 3D printing takes MRI scans, CAT scans, etc., which doctors often use, and turns them into 3D objects that are exact replicas of a patient’s anatomy - including their pathologies. These 3D models allow surgeons to plan and perform a preoperative surgery, with the exact instruments they will use days or weeks before the patient is on an Operating Room table.

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                                                            3D Printing and the Medical World

                                                            Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on October 11, 2017

                                                            3D-Printing-and-the-Medical-World-1This week during NPR’s podcast, “BioTech Nation” host Dr. Moira Gunn and chief correspondent Dr. Daniel Kraft discussed how 3D printing is revolutionizing medicine and health today.

                                                            Though 3D printers have been around for 30 years, the technology is now advancing exponentially, allowing users to explore new and profound possibilities for what can be imagined and created. This is especially true of the health industry. Thanks to major advancements in scanning technology and the ability to cost-effectively “blend” materials such as smart technologies or even biological cells, health is becoming not only more personalized but also democratic.

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                                                              Celebrating National Manufacturing Day

                                                              Stacey Clement by Stacey Clement on October 4, 2017

                                                              celebrating national manufacturing day-1Held on October 6, 2017, National Manufacturing Day celebrates the incredible achievements manufacturers have made to revolutionize, streamline, and challenge the modern world. And, it’s now more important than ever to pay attention.

                                                              Unlike the Industrial Revolutions of the past, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing how we engage with the world across all industries, and it’s happening at unprecedented speeds. Manufacturers have made huge breakthroughs in our communicative capabilities and our ability to store and access data instantly from anywhere in the world.

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                                                                Stratasys 3D Printing Materials: FDM Thermoplastics and PolyJet Materials

                                                                Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on September 27, 2017

                                                                Stratasys-3D-Printing-Materials-FDM-Thermoplastics-and-PolyJet-Materials-13D printing is a rapidly evolving industry, and with it comes a slew of new and updated products: printers, software, and 3D printing materials. Perhaps two of the most well-known 3D printing materials are Stratasys’ FDM thermoplastics and PolyJet materials, with product lines that have expanded to meet the growing needs of engineers and designers. Although this growth is useful from an application standpoint, the sheer number of available material options can be overwhelming. The choice between FDM and PolyJet materials is based largely on application needs and the type of product you hope to create.

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                                                                  Delivery Drone Soars with SOLIDWORKS 2018 at Design to Manufacturing Events

                                                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on September 26, 2017

                                                                  Delivery-Drone-Soars-with-SOLIDWORKS-2018-at-Design-to-Manufacturing-Events-1What do SOLIDWORKS 2018, an RV manufacturer, and a delivery drone have in common? The Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS 2018 launch events! The theme of our events this year is Design to Manufacturing. We are so excited about SOLIDWORKS 2018. Using the new software along with additive manufacturing technologies in our portfolio, we have developed an end-to-end story using these technologies that we’ll share with you during the events.

                                                                  So plan to join us at a Design to Manufacturing event in a city near you. We’ll show you product demonstrations and real world examples of how you can apply SOLIDWORKS 2018 and additive manufacturing to your business to increase productivity, accelerate innovation, and get your great designs created. Keep reading to learn more about the events, how to find one near you, and a preview of our delivery drone.

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                                                                    Office 3D Printing, Do You Have A Strategy?

                                                                    Jason Bassi by Jason Bassi on September 20, 2017

                                                                    Office-3D-Printing-Do-You-Have-A-Strategy-1In this blog, I’ll take you through several thoughts to consider and why standardizing 3D printers in your business may not be such a bad idea.

                                                                    I recently have been noticing a trend in many companies that utilize 3D printing and it begs the question, should companies be thinking about standardizing their 3D printing? Companies do this with software, supplies and capital equipment, but yet I often see no real buying strategy for 3D printers. This is not just a small company or large company observation, but it ranges from companies who have a handful of people who need to access a 3D printer to large corporations who utilize 3D printing across many locations.

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                                                                      Come Experience SOLIDWORKS 2018 and Additive Manufacturing

                                                                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on September 14, 2017

                                                                      Come-Experience-SOLIDWORKS-2018-and-Additive-ManufacturingThe time is coming right up to experience what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 and the latest in additive manufacturing technologies at one of our Design to Manufacturing Events. We’re heading to several locations throughout the Midwest, New England, and Mid-Atlantic. Join us so you can engage with experts, learn what’s new, and see in person what enhancements will help you keep up with the latest technology and software to benefit you and your business.

                                                                      Keep reading to find out how you can get involved, what’s on the agenda, and where we’re headed.

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                                                                        Design to Manufacturing: Find an Event Near You

                                                                        Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on August 29, 2017

                                                                        Design-to-Manufacturing-Event-Explores-SOLIDWORKS-2018-and-Additive-ManufacturingAre you familiar with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software but want to know more about how 3D printing could also improve your processes? Is your company already 3D printing prototypes and parts and is interested in learning more about SOLIDWORKS? Now is the time to see how it all comes together during our Design to Manufacturing events.

                                                                        Keep reading to learn how you can experience the latest and greatest of SOLIDWORKS 2018 and see what’s new in additive manufacturing technologies.

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                                                                          Innovations in Medical 3D Printing: What You Need to Know

                                                                          Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on August 24, 2017

                                                                          Innovations-in-Medical-3D-Printing-What-You-Need-to-Know-1The goal for those in the medical field is to improve patient outcomes, but how they get there is much more complicated. Doctors, researchers, and manufacturers are constantly evolving their work to keep pace with new technology and developments that can keep people healthier for  longer.

                                                                          Medical 3D printing is one of many 3D printing innovations that has broken onto the scene and is changing the way those in the medical field approach their jobs. Whether it’s 3D printing a new prosthetic or making medical models more efficiently, medical 3D printing is changing the game for the medical field. Because the impact of technology is far-reaching, manufacturers, doctors, and researchers should all be aware of the applications of medical 3D printing so far, and where it can be headed in the future.

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                                                                            Fisher Unitech Expands 3D Printing Footprint with a Partnership with Cimquest Inc.’s Stratasys-Focused Business

                                                                            Stacey Clement by Stacey Clement on August 23, 2017

                                                                            Fisher-Unitech-Expands-3D-Printing-Footprint-with-a-Partnership-with-Cimquest-Incs-Stratasys-Focused-Business-1Fisher Unitech announced today the expansion of the company’s 3D printing business footprint with the manufacturing solutions segment of Cimquest Inc. which sells and services Stratasys equipment.

                                                                            Fisher Unitech will now support customers with sales, services, and consulting for all Stratasys additive technology solutions, including the full portfolio of Stratasys 3D printers and advanced materials.

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                                                                              Design to Manufacturing Events with SOLIDWORKS 2018 and Additive Manufacturing

                                                                              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on August 21, 2017

                                                                              Design-to-Manufacturing-Events-with-SOLIDWORKS-2018-and-Additive-Manufacturing-It’s always an exciting time when a new release of SOLIDWORKS is announced. This year is no exception. In fact, SOLIDWORKS 2018 comes at a time when there is a lot of excitement around new technologies for additive manufacturing as well. There’s so much to share that Fisher Unitech is hosting a series of Design to Manufacturing events.

                                                                              The Design to Manufacturing events will take place across ten major cities starting in Canton, Ohio on October 3rd. With each event featuring what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2018 and the latest in additive manufacturing technologies, including Stratasys and Desktop Metal 3D printers, anyone involved in product development should plan to attend. The event will show you how to apply these tools to your business to increase productivity, accelerate innovation, and get great designs created.

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                                                                                3D Printing for Aerospace: 3D Printed Airplane Parts and More

                                                                                Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on August 17, 2017

                                                                                3D-Printing-for-Aerospace-3D-Printed-Airplane-Parts-and-More-1The aerospace industry is one of the most powerful in the United States, and produces everything from airplanes to missiles and spacecraft. According to the International Trade Administration, the “U.S. aerospace industry contributed $147 billion in export sales to the U.S. economy,” including aerospace parts like jigs, fixtures, and production parts.

                                                                                Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who make these parts know there’s money to be made in aerospace, but the close regulation of products can make production complex and expensive. To counteract this, companies are adopting new techniques to streamline their processes and save on cost: they’re 3D printing the parts.

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                                                                                  How to Manage Part Curl in your FDM Parts

                                                                                  Adam Kneller by Adam Kneller on July 28, 2017

                                                                                  Have you ever gone to pull your part out of your FDM 3D printer and come to find that a corner or a portion of the part has curled off of the build sheet? Well I know I have, and not only is it frustrating but it can also affect the function and/or appearance of the part.

                                                                                  In today’s blog if you use the Insight program from Stratasys to process your STL files I want to walk you through a simple tool that helps to prevent that curling problem.

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                                                                                    Reducing the Cost and Lead Time of Form Tooling with Additive Manufacturing

                                                                                    Jerry Fireman by Jerry Fireman on July 24, 2017

                                                                                    reducing-the-cost-and-lead-time-of-form-tooling-with-additive-manufacturing-1Hydroforming is primarily used for low volume forming of sheet metal parts while thermoforming is mainly used for high volume forming of plastic sheets. The tooling used in these processes is typically produced by CNC machining of materials such as aluminum or wood which typically involves high costs and long lead times.

                                                                                    Advances in additive manufacturing processes and materials now make it possible to create tooling for hydroforming and thermoforming in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional subtractive manufacturing methods. This blog will look at how several companies are using additive manufacturing to more efficiently make hydroforming and thermoforming tooling.

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                                                                                      Agilus30 - 3D Printing Rubber - Everything You Need To Know

                                                                                      Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on July 18, 2017

                                                                                      Agilus30-3D-Printing-Rubber-Everything-you-need-to-know-1Stratasys recently announced the release of a new family of 3D printing materials, Agilus30. This innovative, rubber-like material can be used to create flexible prototypes for a variety of applications. Here’s what you need to know about Agilus30 and Agilus30 Black.

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                                                                                        How Important is Orientation to your 3D Model?

                                                                                        Alex Pauley by Alex Pauley on July 14, 2017

                                                                                        How-Important-is-Orientation-to-your-3D-ModelIn the world of 3D Printing, there are many decisions to make before printing your Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) models such as what material to use, what resolution to print at, and even what fill pattern to use. One of the most important aspects of modeling on an FDM machine is the orientation of your model.

                                                                                        In this blog, I’ll cover five important factors that should be taken into account when picking the best orientation for your model along with aspects to consider when weighing your options.

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                                                                                          Getting to Market Faster with 3D Printed Injection, Blow and Silicone Mold Tooling

                                                                                          Jerry Fireman by Jerry Fireman on July 12, 2017

                                                                                          Getting-to-market-faster-with-3D-Printed-Injection-Blow-and-Silicone-Mold-Tooling-1Injection molding, blow molding and liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding are three remarkably efficient manufacturing processes for producing large volumes of highly accurate and often very complex parts. One of the challenges of bringing products to market with these processes is that producing functional prototypes with the right mechanical properties requires expensive tools with long lead times.

                                                                                          Additive manufacturing addresses this problem by producing tooling for these and other types of molding that can be used to make limited runs of prototypes or low volume production parts from the same material and with the same physical properties as the final production parts. Molds made by additive manufacturing make it possible to evaluate more design iterations in less time at a lower cost, enabling companies to get products to market faster and reduce engineering and prototyping expenses.

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                                                                                            Composite Tooling: Reducing Cost and Lead Time with Additive Manufacturing

                                                                                            Jerry Fireman by Jerry Fireman on June 26, 2017

                                                                                            Composite-Tooling-Reducing-Cost-and-Lead-time-with-Additive-Manufacturing-1One of the biggest challenges in producing fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite structures has long been the cost and lead time involved in making the metal or sacrificial tooling used to lay up the composite structures. Additive manufacturing has been used for a number of years to produce composite layup tooling but was limited by the lack of materials capable of withstanding the temperatures used for curing composite structures.

                                                                                            The Stratasys new ULTEM 1010 resin can be used at process parameters in excess of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, making it possible to use printed layup tooling for producing most composite structures. Switching from conventional manufacturing methods to additive manufacturing can reduce composite tooling fabrication expense and lead time by up to 90% while providing additional design freedom and weight savings.

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                                                                                              GrabCAD Print: Stratasys' 3D Printing Software

                                                                                              Lisa Hannon 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 & Desktop Metal to make Metal 3D Printed Solutions

                                                                                                Stacey Clement 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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                                                                                                  Stratasys Announces Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator

                                                                                                  Lisa Hannon 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

                                                                                                    Dan Erickson 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

                                                                                                      Jerry Fireman 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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