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Stratasys Accelerates 3D Printing Precision with Accuracy Center & Thickness Analysis

James Page
James Page January 09, 2024
January 09, 2024

Driven by pressing needs for Industry 4.0 transformation, supply chain agility, customization and sustainability, additive manufacturing is growing at double-digit rates and for good reason. Manufacturers can produce end-use and series-production components more rapidly, more cost effectively, and with greater design freedom to improve function and performance versus traditional manufacturing methods.  

Additive manufacturing is now a key tool for accelerating the most challenging and time-critical use cases in aerospace, automotive, energy and consumer packaged goods.  Many projects that were once thought to be beyond the capability of 3D printing due to tight tolerances are now possible thanks to a new suite of tools enabling higher accuracy and process control.

Let’s look at a few examples:

  • In aerospace, accuracy controls ensure that tight-tolerance, flight-certified parts for spacecraft such as docking hatch covers and cooling ducts as well as aircraft cockpit components meet safety standards. 
  • In automotive, unprecedented 3D printed part accuracy enable printed jigs, fixtures and parts to be used with minimal post-machining minimizing critical line down time and assuring that vehicles assemble correctly.  
  • Customization of consumer goods — not possible via conventional manufacturing methods — is accelerated with new advanced manufacturability analysis tools that enable high yields by catching and fixing potential build problems proactively. 

By leveraging advanced software tools to enhance 3D printing accuracy, manufacturers across industries can speed production, reduce waste and design high-performing end-use products not feasible without additive manufacturing.

Accelerate product production and optimize workflows with GrabCAD Print Pro™ 

With the right set of resources, like advanced 3D printing software tools that repeatable, tight-tolerance production of 3D printed parts, manufacturers can now attain high yield rates in use cases previously unapproachable with additive manufacturing.  Higher accuracy, repeatability and yield rates unlock faster production cycles, lower defects, and reduced material waste for high-requirement industrial applications.

Enter Stratasys GrabCAD Print Pro™. Our software enables never-before-possible 3D printed part accuracy by leveraging 3D scan data to close the manufacturing loop.  This opens up new use cases and saves time in production launch schedules for manufacturing professionals using Stratasys FDM® and SAF™ technologies. 

GrabCAD Print Pro, our premium version of Stratasys 3D printing software, not only provides advanced 3D slicer technology available in the standard GrabCAD Print™ software but also provides added intelligence across your enterprise’s existing software via third-party plugins.  This level of integration means GrabCAD Print Pro users can get a more complete picture across their systems —from a choice of best-in-class solutions from providers that include MES, DRM, PLM, and analytics — to truly automate 3D printing tasks and optimize workflows.

Accuracy Center and Thickness Analysis revolutionize additive manufacturing capability

Exclusive to Stratasys GrabCAD Print Pro, the Accuracy Center empowers users to improve accuracy with 3D scan data so parts meet design intent right off the printer, reducing the burden of post-machining steps, high inspection rates and QA processes. By comparing a scan of the printed part against the intended design, the software automatically adjusts the model so the next print and the next thousand prints achieve the intended form and fit. For more on the Accuracy Center, see our tutorial video. 

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Now the manufacturing checks and controls available in GrabCAD Print Pro just got even better with our new Thickness Analysis feature.  

The ability to quickly analyze and adjust thickness to optimize models for manufacturing catches potential problems early and eliminates iterations to get to successful production parts faster. Thickness Analysis displays either a continuous heatmap of thickness across the part or binary red (fail), green (pass) to help ensure job success by catching walls that are too thin. You will eliminate concerns about walls that are too thin and don’t meet manufacturing criteria. 

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Now your projects can achieve an even higher success rate and go faster for both end-use parts and prototypes with thickness analysis at your fingertips.

Elevate projects with the Accuracy Center and Thickness Analysis

The Accuracy Center and the new Thickness Analysis feature available with GrabCAD Print Pro accelerate your projects by reducing guesswork, saving time and money while ensuring the highest safety and quality standards. Turn to Stratasys GrabCAD Print Pro for your 3D printing projects and take advantage of continual improvements through monthly updates.

Join our on-demand webinar, "Maximize Efficiency with GrabCAD Print Pro” and experience a deeper dive demo of Accuracy Center as well as other key features like Per Part Estimation for quick build times, Manufacturing Templates for time-saving setups, Nesting Tools for efficient part packing, and the Part Labeling tool for easy part identification. Watch now.

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