Best Practices

Because you need to know how to do it right!

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Design Best Practices

Indirect Bonding Trays

The (IDB) tray improves speed and precision in the bracket installation process. It replaces the traditional tooth-by-tooth method.
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Successful STLs for PolyJet 3D Printing

This document will help PolyJet 3D Printing users ensure their STL files produce successful 3D printed parts.
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Overcoming Part Curling

Large parts can curl up from the foundation sheet while building, which can cause machine problems. Use this guide to help prevent this.
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Antero 800NA User Guide

Antero 800NA is a high-performance polymer with strong mechanical properties along with exceptional material properties.
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Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit

Stratasys developed the Fortus 900mc™ Acceleration Kit to provide a significant throughput enhancement for the Fortus 900mc 3D Printer
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Printing Flexible Parts with Multiple Materials

Print flexible parts on Connex™ 3D Printers using two flexible materials—one for the part’s core and one for its coating.
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Designing for FDM Production Parts

Design considerations, material choices and performance objectives should be taken into account when designing for additive manufacturing.
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Converting CAD To STL

CAD files exported to STL is an important process for accurate building of parts. Here are the step-by-step processes
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Nylon 12 Finishing

Nylon 12 is a semi-crystalline, FDM® thermoplastic. There are special considerations to ensure an optimal part is obtained.
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CONVERTING 2D IMAGES TO 3D STLS

There are several ways to create 3D models from BMP images. This Best Practice explains how to convert a BMP file to an STL file.
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FDM Assemblies

Building complete assemblies gives designers greater design freedom and eliminates the time required to assemble separate parts.
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3D Scanning to 3D Printing

A 3D scanner is a device that analyzes and captures the geometry and colors ofphysical objects to transform them into digital 3D models.
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Insight Software

Step-By-Step Insight Processing Procedure

This document will give the novice user a basic step-by-step procedure to aid in the generation of models.
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Sparse Fill

This article goes through the process of creating a sparse fill.
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Selection Tools

The following will provide a means to section large parts in the Z plane within Insight.
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Sectioning Oversized Parts

A part that is larger than the build envelope of a 3D printer can still be printed. Explore more in this article.
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Sealing FDM Parts With Insight

Two steps are required to seal parts using Insight to eliminate and/or cover up porosity within FDM parts.
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Positioning Parts in Relation to Air Flow

Lack of airflow around the part as it builds can result in distorted parts and poor part quality. This article will go through the details.
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Orienting for Strength, Speed or Surface Finish

This article will help you select the appropriate orientation to balance or optimize surface finish, strength or build time of the part.
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Orientation for Smooth Parts

When orientating a part, consideration must be given to surface finish. Use this article to help.
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Optimizing Seam Location

Insight™ software will automatically identify and select a good location for the seam. Use this article to help.
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Applying Custom Toolpaths for Thin Walls and Bosses

Smaller or larger toolpath widths are sometimes required to achieve proper fill for certain portions or features of a part
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Advanced Z Calibration

It is important to get the Z calibration correct to prevent improperly calibrating or support tip plugging, especially with smaller slices.
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Building After a Failure

This procedure describes building the remaining portion of a part that has failed during a build either due to machine failure or power loss
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Creating Variable Density Parts

A unique characteristic of FDM® technology is that a single part can have regions with different build styles.
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Curl Management

Distortion of horizontal surfaces caused by the shrinkage of a new layer as it’s applied over the existing layers.
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Custom Groups In Insight

Although most models can be built using the default toolpath parameters, there are times when certain features are too small to fill.
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Embedding Hardware

Hardware may be added to an FDM® part to mimic insert molding. A pocket or hole is added to accommodate items.
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Finishing

Creating Texturing Patterns on FDM Parts

Texturing a part file allows for a unique pattern or design to be built directly into part surfaces. Learn how in this article.
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Painting of FDM Parts

The following instructions are for creating top-quality painted parts.
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FDM Support Removal

This article walks you through the FDM support material to use, the process of removal and best practices.
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Bonding FDM Parts

Joining pieces and repairing parts are routine operations for all manufacturing processes, including additive manufacturing.
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Drying Sparse FDM Parts

When sparse FDM parts are placed into a support removal tank, they can fill up with solution from the tank and water from the rinse.
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FDM Part Translucency

In this article learn how Optically translucent prototypes are being utilized.
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Handling and Finishing ABS-ESD7 Parts

This paper will walk you through the handling considerations for ABS-ESD7, including finishing, safety and packaging guidelines.
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Inserting Hardware Post-Build

Various types of hardware are commonly used in plastic parts to withstand the torque and load applied when joining parts.
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Mass Finishing For FDM Parts

Mass finishing is being used to improve the surface finish of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) parts.
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Media Blasting FDM Parts

In applications where a different finish than the normal surface finish is required, media blasting is an inexpensive and quick solution.
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Solvent Smoothing

In applications where a smoother surface is required, solvent smoothing is an alternative to sanding, filling and mass finishing.
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Vibratory Finishing of Rigid PolyJet Parts

Polishing PolyJet™ 3D Printed parts in a vibratory finishing system (also known as a tumbler) improves their surface finish.
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Finite Element Analysis Results in Color 3D Printing

Finite element analysis is a computer-based method of analyzing and simulating the behavior of components under a variety of conditions.
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