GrabCAD Updates – Introducing Version 1.6

GrabCAD has released another set of updates!  These enhancements aim to improve the value of Stratasys’ 3D print technology, provide additional capabilities and services, and respond to feedback GrabCAD has collected from customers.

New in GrabCAD Print Software Version 1.6:

Operating Hours Feature
Once enabled by your company admin, Operating Hours feature will automatically adjust the printer queue to reflect print jobs started during your working hours. This will help make your schedule forecast more accurate.
GrabCAD Print Operating Hours

Shift-Select Multiple Models
Select multiple models in the Project Panel.  Changing settings for multiple models is much faster than it was in the past.
GrabCAD Print shift-select

Re-Order Printer Queues
Reorder jobs with click-and-drag in the Printer Panel’s queue list.
GrabCAD Print queues

Additional Updates:
– In order to speed up the performance of the viewer, Model View will show a “simplified” version of your models. You might notice more visible triangles on curved surfaces. This does not impact print quality. To see exactly what will be sent to the printer, go to Slice Preview, or change your Graphics Quality to “High” under System Preferences > Display Settings.

– For F123 Series printers, we now have Brick Mode build style. This is helpful when printing large, dense, solid-fill parts to reduce part curl. This is only when using a slice height of 0.005” with ABS, ASA or PC-ABS.

– FIXED:  For J750 printers, we have fixed several issues that could cause mid-print errors. Please make sure to update GrabCAD Print and the Job Manager to take advantage of these fixes.

– FIXED:  Users who have their display units set to metric will now see the slice height in their unit of choice.

To learn more, view the release notes from GrabCAD.

RAPID 2017 – See the Latest 3D Printing Innovations at the Stratasys Booth

If you’re interested in 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology, you might know that the RAPID show is the premier trade show for the industry.  RAPID 2017 is quickly approaching! Each year, all of the names (both big and small!) in 3D printing attend the event in order to highlight new materials, best practices, interesting customer applications, as well as introduce new systems and technologies to the public.

RAPID 2016 brought us many announcements in the 3D printing world, and we anticipate there are just as many surprises in store for the 2017 event.

This year, Advanced RP is not exhibiting, but Stratasys will have a booth showcasing the variety of 3D printers that we offer.

Join Stratasys at booth 1513 and experience their powerful, new technologies through:
– Guided booth tours with Stratasys experts
– Hands-on system and material demos
– Detailed customer use cases
– Scheduled presentations from the Stratasys team

*Make sure to visit Stratasys at booth 1513!

If you’d like to register for a guided tour of the Stratasys booth, you can also reserve your spot here.

Jacobs Institute & Stratasys – Medical 3D Printing Open House on May 1st

What: Jacobs Institute & Stratasys Medical Open House
When: May 1st from 8:30AM-1:00PM
Where: Jacobs Institute / 875 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203
More Info: registration information

Many medical professionals are beginning to realize the importance of 3D printing for medical applications.  It seems that every week there is a new story about 3D printing assisting with surgical planning or training.  Although many doctors are interested in using the technology, the question remains – how can they learn more about how to implement 3D printing within their practice?

Stratasys and The Jacobs Institute are partnering to host an Open House on May 1st in Buffalo, NY.  This is the perfect opportunity for any medical professionals interested in 3D printing to come meet other doctors who have used the technology for surgical planning, as well as talk to applications engineers & university professors about the benefits of 3D printing within the medical field.

Learn more about how clinicians, engineers, and scientists at the Jacobs Institute have tapped into the versatility of 3D printing for a variety of applications including:
–  Surgical planning on patient specific phantoms
–  Training on clinically relevant phantoms
–  Evaluating new medical devices on validated models
–  Creating custom tools to enable new research.

Reserve your spot by registering today.

3D Printed Movie Props Used in “Ghost in the Shell”

The movie Ghost in the Shell (based on the manga and anime series) hits theaters this weekend.  If you’ve seen the trailer, you know that this looks to be a visually impressive movie.  The film takes place in the fictional city of Niihama Prefecture (loosely inspired by Hong Kong).  To match the film’s futuristic vibe, filmmakers turned to the prop makers from New Zealand-based Weta Workshop to help create some iconic pieces.

Many movies have used 3D printing to help build props in recent years (even our own Captain America Shield was used in testing for the actual movie), but Ghost in the Shell stands out because it uses 3D printing even more than the average movie and steers away from CGI when possible.

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The director of Ghost in the Shell, Rupert Sanders, decided to forgo CGI to build many of the amazing props seen in the film, including the life-sized prop of the robotic skeleton under Johansson’s skin. – From

The robotic Skeleton under lead actress Scarlett Johansson’s skin was even 3D printed with about 300-400 individual parts that were hand finished and assembled to form the final product.

Adam Savage of Mythbusters even detailed this skeleton prop in his video series “Tested”. Check out the full video below for a closer look at this amazing 3D printed movie prop.

It will be interesting to see if the use of 3D printing helps tie in the look of the original anime series with its big-screen adaptation.  Judging from the 3D parts we’ve seen, it looks pretty promising!

Ghost in the Shell debuts in the US on March 31, 2017.

Original story seen on

Stratasys Launches the Much-Anticipated Nylon12 CF Material

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked “can you print in carbon fiber?” I might be on a beach vacation right now! Due to the advanced strength of carbon fiber parts, we recognize that a carbon fiber 3D printer material is one with great potential.  Luckily, the materials group at Stratasys saw the need for this type of material, as well. That’s why we are excited to announce the launch of the new Nylon12 CF Material, available on the Fortus 450mc.

carbon fiber 3d printer material

Introducing the New Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Material – Nylon 12 CF

FDM Nylon 12CF™ is a carbon-filled thermoplastic with excellent structural characteristics. The material is comprised of a blend of Nylon 12 resin and chopped carbon fiber, at a loading of 35% by weight. This combination produces one of the strongest thermoplastics in the FDM material portfolio. It has the highest flexural strength of any FDM thermoplastic, resulting in the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio.

For the complete mechanical properties of Nylon12 CF, make sure to view the spec sheet.

“Stratasys Nylon 12CF parts can be printed faster, with superior stiffness-to-weight performance and with better repeatability than any other 3D printing technology we’ve seen.” – Ashley Guy, President & CEO, Utah Trikes

carbon fiber 3d printer material

You can purchase this new material for the Fortus 450mc 3D printer beginning April 7th.

Please contact our team to learn more and start 3D printing with carbon fiber.

New PolyJet 3D Printer Material – Agilus30

What: Agilus 30 material launch – for more durable and tear-resistant rubber-like prototypes
Which printers: Connex 1,2,3 systems from Stratasys
What is required: SUP706 Software Upgrade
When: Shipping for this product is already available

Agilus30 is an advanced PolyJet material designed to create flexible parts. The parts Agilus30 produces are flexible, yet strong parts making a wide range of colors and Shore A values possible with its two colors – clear and black.

Top User Applications

  • Medical models
  • Tooling (needing rubber-like characteristics)
  • Consumer goods
  • Sporting goods
  • General prototyping
  • Overmolding

Check out the Agilus 30 Spec Sheet

Want to learn more about Agilus 30 and see if it’s a good fit for your particular applications?  Contact our team with any questions, and we will be glad to help!

Doctors Use 3D Printed Heart Model to Save Baby’s Life

The Knoell family from Orem, Utah had struggled with infertility.  After in vitro fertilization, Jason and Katie Knoell discovered they were pregnant with twins.  The parents were thrilled for these two miracle babies, but at the 24 week ultrasound, they faced another major setback.  Doctors discovered a heart abnormality on baby Ella.

3D model, 3D printed heart, pediatric surgery, success story

Ella’s condition was so rare that her cardiologists had never experienced it first-hand before. She had a hole in her heart and crossed ventricular valve connections.

Despite the potential dangers, Ella’s parents felt strangely calm. “We just felt like we had so many miracles come up to get her here that it just had to play out well for us”, said Katie Knoell.

The Knoells were forced to decide between sending Ella into surgery immediately after her birth, or the doctors said they could “spend what time [they] could with her”. So when Ella was born, she was sent straight back to the neonatal ICU.  Thankfully, after a month in the hospital, Ella’s vitals were stable enough to return home.  However, the family knew that her heart abnormality was still an issue; one that would require surgery in the future.

When the time came for Ella to receive surgery, doctors knew that her condition was so complex that they needed to have a plan mapped out before she got onto the operating table.  Any time wasted while in surgery could leave to a grave outcome for the 9 month old.

This is where 3D printing technology and a 3D printed heart model come into play.  Doctors are increasingly turning to 3D printed models taken from actual medical scans and using this to map out their surgery procedures before operating on a risky patient. Most of the procedures we’ve seen have resulted in successful outcomes.  The team at Primary Children’s Hospital did a cardiac CT of Ella and made a 3D printed heart model, specific to her measurements and anatomical intricacies.

3D heart, pediatric surgery, 3D heart model

“This actually let us plan ahead and really not spend much time on the bypass machine. It made something that could have been a struggle in the OR relatively straight forward.” – Dr. Phil Burch of Primary Children’s Hospital (Ella’s surgeon)

Doctors left her heart on the right side of her chest, but through surgery, they made it a two-ventricle heart. Thanks in part to the 3D printed heart model, the operation was a success.

“That model saved her life,” Ella’s dad said. “It’s as simple as that.”

It is so amazing to see this technology used in such a miraculous way. Doctors now expect Ella to be able to live a normal, healthy life. They don’t anticipate any limitations as a result of the surgery or her heart condition.

Watch the full video about Ella’s story here:

Original story first seen on KSL News

Are you a medical professional looking to learn more about 3D printing for medical applications? Check out our previous post about this topic.

Video: Stratasys F123 Series Overview

Looking for a versatile additive manufacturing solution that is perfect for the entire office? You might have heard about the new set of printers from Stratasys – the F123 Series.  These new printers offer a multitude of new features and benefits, including the following:

  • GrabCAD Print software for improved CAD to Print workflow
  • Intuitive, user-friendly design
  • Quietest Stratasys 3D Printer to-date
  • Built-in camera with remote print monitoring
  • Auto calibration
  • Material change-over in less than 3 minutes
  • Capable of running ABS, PLA, ASA, and PC-ABS* (on the F370)
  • Cost-effective PLA “quick draft” mode

F370 3D Printer

Though it is great to review spec sheets of the new printers, we thought it would be even more helpful to show some of the new features in a video.  We currently have the F370 3D printer on display at our Atlanta-area Demo Center.

Watch as Michael from our team demonstrates the system highlights, as well as some of his favorite features:

If you are interested in scheduling a visit to see the F370 printer in action, please contact our team.

Why Choose Advanced RP for Your 3D Printing Needs?

Advanced RP 3D Printing Experts Logo

If you know anything about 3D printing, you probably realize that this technology can be complicated.  With so many options out there, how on earth are you supposed to narrow down and determine which one would be the best fit for your organization?  Advanced RP was created with this in mind– everything we do is geared to help you take the guesswork out of the 3D printer research process. Located in Atlanta, GA and servicing the Southeast US, we strive to make every experience with our customers as simple and fulfilling as possible.

Why Advanced RP?
Other resellers might visit your company, show you a few 3D printed part examples, and then ask you to spend thousands of dollars (without knowing exactly how the technology will impact your business).  With our Atlanta area 3D printing Demo Center, we’ve turned that model upside down.  When you visit our office, our applications experts will listen to your intended uses and offer solutions and potential challenges you might experience by implementing 3D printing in your organization.

3D Printing Demo Center in Atlanta

This process of educating our customers about additive manufacturing isn’t the only thing that makes our company stand out.  Here are just a few examples of what makes Advanced RP different:

  • Training – our team is second to none in getting you up and running with your new Stratasys printer. Unlike other 3D printer resellers, our team will gladly conduct training onsite at your facility, saving your group thousands of dollars in travel costs.
  • Demo Center – why just read about 3D printers online when you can visit our showroom and view over a dozen machines in action? Getting a hands-on experience helps your team leave our Atlanta office knowing exactly what to expect from additive manufacturing technology.
  • Materials – we have a stockroom full of FDM and PolyJet materials that you can order directly from us.  If you are in the Southeast, that means faster and cheaper shipping!
  • Part Service – Since we have over a dozen systems in-house, we are able to offer part printing service for a lower price than you will find just about anywhere
  • System Downtime Back-up – is your 3D printer currently down? That’s no problem if you’re an Advanced RP customer.  We offer a backup parts service for only the cost of material.
  • Customer Service – as you can tell from the bullet points above, customer service is at the core of everything we do!

If you have any questions about anything 3D printing related, please contact our team!

GrabCAD Print Version 1.3 Updates

GrabCAD Print Updates

With the big F123 Series announcement from Stratasys at SOLIDWORKS World 2017, it was easy to miss another update.  Stratasys has recently made some changes to the GrabCAD Print software (which also powers the new F123 printers).

Here are some of the updates released with the new 1.3 version (from GrabCAD):

  • Software now has an add-in for SOLIDWORKS that lets you print. SLDPRT files directly from within your CAD
  • Many users have been asking for the ability to install and get straight to printing without having to log into GrabCAD, so they are introducing offline capability in two parts, the first of which is ready now!
  • If you’ve ever thought that the Arrange tool isn’t as good as Insight or Catalyst, you should notice a big improvement with this update! First, hit “Estimate” to slice the tray, and then “Arrange Tray” will pack parts much closer together.
  • For those who participated in the J750 beta program, you will notice some improvements with this update
    • Updating the Job Manager is now possible from the Printer Panel in GrabCAD Print, just like a firmware update.
    • The issues with the opacity slider in the Print Settings panel have been fixed
  • Insight is now bundled with GrabCAD Print so you can utilize more advanced features like groups or toolpath editing for your F370 or Fortus system. Read more here.

The new version will download in the background while GrabCAD Print is open, so all you need to do is restart and the installer will take care of the rest.