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Software for 3D Printing of Nonmetal Jigs and Fixtures

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
 

Stratasys has debuted new software designed specifically to 3D-print jigs, fixtures and other fabrication-related tooling using fused-deposition-modeling (FDM) material, and currently seeks beta customers to test it.

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Combining the interface of GrabCAD software with Stratasys’ Insight software, Jigs and Fixtures for GrabCAD Print simplifies and automates print preparation for rapid tooling applications, according to company officials. This reportedly enhances the use of Stratasys’ industrial hardware and materials for creating jigs and fixtures on the factory floor.

Offered through GrabCAD Print, the software is said to embed application expertise, automate several complicated and time-consuming processing steps, and eliminate the need for multiple programs within the workflow. By accepting native CAD designs, the part’s original design intent is maintained. This eliminates the need for users to convert CAD designs to STL files, which can result in key information being lost during translation.

Stratasys officials claim that the new software:

  • Eliminates extensive design and processing knowledge as a barrier to implementation
  • Saves time and eliminates unnecessary iteration during the design and processing phase
  • Avoids the need for formal software training
  • Eliminates the need for third-party software, including STL-file fixing applications, due to its ability to accept native CAD designs
  • Enables tooling designers to leverage design-freedom potential in FDM technology
  • Simplifies workflow by automating key CAD functionalities used for jig and fixture design, such as auto-generating toolpath instructions, and reduces file-preparation tasks.

 

As seen in Fabricating Product News: Stratasys, Inc.