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With the help of GrabCAD Print, a cloud-based CAD software, Stratasys 3D printers can now go directly from CAD to print, thus removing the conversion to mesh file step to streamline the workflow.
Mark Walker, Stratasys’ Lead Software Product Manager explained, “For design and manufacturing engineers, one of the most frustrating processes is ‘dumbing down’ a CAD file to STL format – only to require subsequent re-injection of design intent into the STL printing process.”
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“THIS SOFTWARE IS ENGINEERED TO DO AWAY WITH THIS COMPLEXITY, LETTING DESIGNERS REDUCE ITERATIONS AND DESIGN CYCLES – GETTING TO A HIGH-QUALITY, REALISTIC PROTOTYPE AND FINAL PART FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE.”
GrabCAD Print Advanced FDM for creating machine toolpath. Image via GrabCAD.
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GrabCAD is a Massachusetts-based startup owned by Stratasys. In 2016, the startup launched the GrabCAD Print to make the workflow of Stratasys 3D printers more efficient. The latest addition in this effort is the Advanced FDM feature, which can slice CAD models directly for 3D printing, making the manufacturing process leaner.
GrabCAD Print is now used by companies such as McLaren and Eckhart, an industrial automation company.
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Robert Heath, Eckhart’s Additive Manufacturing Application Engineer, explained, “GrabCAD Print Advanced FDM’s geometry-based workflows have allowed us to fine-tune part builds – meeting application requirements and process parts more quickly than we could before […] The seamless transition of moving a build between applications is easy and intuitive.”
All CAD files need to be translated into a mesh file before they are sliced for 3D printing. Since the introduction of 3D printing technology in the 1980s, mesh files like .stl and .obj have been the standard for creating 2D slices (or 3D printer toolpath). Hence, there is always a step in between the CAD file and the gcode that is send to the 3D printer.
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