3D Printing Question of the Week: How vital is build orientation?

Beginning FDM users might assume that the flattest orientation is always the best. But it’s possible to improve a 3D printed part with some experimentation. Have you ever enhanced a part’s finish or strength just by trying a new…

5 Different Ways Architects Use 3D Printers – by Piet Meijs

Welcome to the second in our series on Architectural 3D Printing, written by our guest blogger Piet Meijs, Senior 3D Expert at Rietveld Architects, New York. Enjoy! (Sam Green) In general, architectural models are made for one reason: Communication. However, what you…

Remember Life Before Additive Manufacturing?

Many years ago I was given the opportunity to design my first product. The terms rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and 3D prototyping were foreign to me. Although I felt confident in my abilities to design a complex piece of…

Embedding Inserts During an FDM Build

Recently, we've seen an increase in requests for various types of inserts in 3D prototypes and production parts. With Fortus 3D Production Systems, a build can be paused and objects can be inserted directly into a 3D printed part….

Tips for Quick, Thorough Soluble Support Removal

This is the first of many posts in a regular series from Stratasys application engineers, who’ll offer technical advice, new ideas and experienced reflections on Fused Deposition Modeling from an engineering perspective. One thing that’s true of rapid-prototyping machines…

3D Printer’s 10-Year Anniversary Reveals a Changed Landscape

Stratasys recently observed the 10-year anniversary of the Dimension 3D Printer line. The Dimension laid the foundation for the 3D printing revolution we see today. This model drove adoption by bringing 3D printing to a whole new demographic that previously couldn't access the technology. In the early years of the additive…

Some Amazing Sculptures from an Objet Desktop 3D Printer

These fantastic sculptures are the creations of Jez Gibson Harris, of Crawley Creatures in the UK (check out their website – it’s got some crazy models!). The designs are first developed in ZBrush, a 3D sculpting program that allows Jez to try…

Advanced Fortus Users: Check Out AMUG

This year’s Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference promises to be the group’s biggest event ever. The number and level of experts who will gather at this event is a great opportunity for advanced Fortus users to expand their…