Tutorials

3D Printing Design Guidelines

172 15 Beginner
3D Printing Design Guidelines ~ 9 Steps to consider while design for 3d Printing.

Pre-Printing Tips for Rigid Opaque and Transparent PolyJet Materials

13 13 Beginner
This tutorial gives you tips for how to use various rigid materials on Stratasys PolyJet printers. This includes the entire Vero family, as well as the VeroVivids, VeroFlex, VeroClear, and FullCure720 (also known as RGD720). You can truly optimize final results for these materials if you know how to best utilize GrabCAD Print settings for part orientation, printing mode, surface finish, grid style, material selection, tray preparation, and other factors. Below, we will show you how. The information in this tutorial is applicable to GrabCAD Print version 1.32 and above. Older versions may differ slightly.

How to 3D Print Textured Objects Inside Clear Plastic Blocks

54 9 Expert
This walkthrough explains how to print fully textured CAD files encased inside transparent blocks, to help support complex parts, show vistas you never thought possible, or just increase the usability of your full-color models!

How to Convert CAD Files to STL Files in Various Software

10 8 Beginner
How CAD files are exported to STL is an important process for the accurate building of parts, but the conversion process can vary depending on the software. These step-by-step processes for converting CAD files to STL were taken straight from the mentioned companies websites.

How to 3D Print Consumer Product Prototypes, at different levels of realism

15 8 Expert
Realism helps the prototyping process of Consumer Product Goods, but not always in the ways you'd expect. We climb through the 4 levels of 3D printing realism, using both single color FDM and full-color Polyjet printing, and discuss the cost and benefits of each.

How to 3D Texture Your Parts for FDM Printing Using SOLIDWORKS 2019!

35 7 Beginner
Instructions on how to create physical, repeating textures you can FEEL and TOUCH on your 3D prints, using a new feature found in SOLIDWORKS 2019. (And this technique will work with ANY type of 3D printer, not just Stratasys!)

How to Print Remotely on the Stratasys F123 Series Using Wait For Part Mode

9 7 Beginner
The new Stratasys® F123™ Series can print industrial-grade, reliable concept models, functional prototypes, jigs, and fixtures. In applications such as these, printer operators will often want to print parts quickly, remotely, and on-demand. That is why this series has a Wait for Part Mode, letting you send files straight to the printer to start building immediately, without needing to select the job manually from the Queue. This tutorial will explain how to use this mode.

How to 3D Print a Detailed & Accurate Model of the Earth

10 5 Expert
Learn how to create a realistic 3D textured model of the Earth using Rhino, GrabCAD Print and Stratasys 3D printers. I also review how to select the right part priority and how to test prints for the perfect color.

How to Create Incredibly Complex Textured Shapes for 3D Printing, Using Bump Mapping

36 5 Expert
This tutorial covers how to use 2D images to create actual 3D depth and physical textures on your CAD parts and then 3D print them. Mainly we use Rhino to do the displacement-mapping, but Photoshop could be used as well. Files were then printed in full color on a Stratasys J750.

How to 3D Print in Full Color (Part 3): Clear + Texture Together

24 5 Expert
This is the third in a series of tutorials to help printer operators who are NOT graphic artists get the absolute most out of their multi-color, multi-material 3D printers, like the Stratasys J750. We will cover how to create models with semi-transparent textures wrapped around curved, transparent bodies (taking advantage of a new slicer from Stratasys), and how to fix UV-mapping problems when wrapping 2D textures around 3D bodies goes wrong.

How to 3D Print Jigs & Fixtures, Part 2: Designing for Print

53 5 Beginner
This is the second part of a four-part tutorial series on how to optimize your manufacturing jigs & fixtures for 3D printing. Today, we'll go over what to do in each design pass as you're optimizing your part, including specific steps to do in your CAD package, your print-preparation tool, and if you're bold, your FEA package. Later installments of this series will deal with FDM material selection and post-processing for jigs & fixtures.

How to 3D Print Jigs & Fixtures, Part 1: Choosing Your Target

23 5 Beginner
This tutorial series will take users who are new to 3D printing and show them how to: - Choose which Jigs or Fixtures from your factory floor might be best improved with 3D printing (Part 1) - Optimize your J&F designs for 3D printing by using stress-analysis tools, CAD tools and new 3D print prep tools (Part 2) - Choose which FDM materials to print in for best performance (Part 3) - Post-process your Jig or Fixture for greater utility with inserts, painting, numbering, etc. (Part 4)

How to 3D Print in Full Color (Part 1)

30 5 Beginner
This is a series of tutorials to help printer operators who are NOT graphic artists get the absolute most out of their multi-color, multi-material 3D printers, like the Stratasys J750. We will cover what types of files multi-color printers can accept and how to manipulate colors in Photoshop, Rhino, etc, to get the full gradient texture effects that most color printer users want.