Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)


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    The Value and Benefits of FDM Sacrificial Tooling

    by Angelle Erickson on May 2, 2018

    FDM sacrificial toolingSacrificial tooling is a process that allows designers and engineers to create hollow, seamless, and complex composite structures with smooth internal surfaces and simplified tool removal.

    Some common sacrificial tooling technology that uses eutectic salts, ceramics, cast urethanes, or other similar materials can present several challenges: parts are difficult to handle due to fragile materials, the part requires additional tooling in order to produce, or limitations to create specific geometries occur due to production or removal methods.

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    • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING (FDM), STRATASYS

      How to Keep Your 3D Printer in Tip-Top Shape

      by Alex Pauley on February 28, 2018

      3D Printer maintenanceMost companies have a 3D printing solution that they use on a daily basis. Performing proper 3D printer maintenance will help ensure that your printer keeps running smoothly and continues to kick out parts in the best possible form. During my experience as a 3D printing field technician, I’ve seen several cases that could have been avoided if proper upkeep and routine maintenance were established. In this blog, I’m going to go over some helpful tips and tricks for both PolyJet and FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printers that will help you keep your projects on schedule, so you don’t fall behind.

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        How to use GrabCAD Print to Make a Multi-Colored Nameplate

        by Dan Erickson on November 3, 2017

        This is the second part in a two part blog series, where in the first post I designed a simple nameplate using SOLIDWORKS. If you haven't read it yet, you can view it here. In this blog post, I'll prepare the model for printing using GrabCAD Print, the latest 3D Print-Preparation (aka “slicing”) software from Stratasys, and print the model on a Stratasys F370 3D printer.

        One of the design goals outlined in the last article is that the nameplate be attractive and easy to read. I'm happy with the overall design of the part, but I'd like it to have plenty of contrast to make the text easy to read. I can do that by printing the part in two colors. With Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology, a color change requires a material change. So I'll start the print with one color, pause the build at a certain layer and switch materials, then resume the print to complete the part with the second color. I'll need to keep this in mind while orienting the part. Let’s get started.

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        • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING (FDM)

          How Important is Orientation to your 3D Model?

          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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          • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, FUSED DEPOSITION MODELING (FDM)

            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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              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 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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