Insight Tutorial: Reuse Custom Groups

Article by Jeremy Marvin on May 29, 2023

In this Insight tutorial, we explain how to reuse custom groups in other Insight projects and share some helpful bonus tips when using the software. 

Custom Groups is a tool in Stratasys’ Insight software that, by default, stays within the file that you are working in. 

Reuse Custom Groups in Insight

To use the custom group on a new 3D printed part or to share it with a colleague, you will need to export those groups. On the dialog to the right above, select the Export command.

Insight Export Custom Group Library Dialog Options

This box allows you to export all the groups from the current Insight project into a single, shareable SBS file. To make use of this export in another session of Insight, select the option Use library as initial group library. Insight will then load this file every time you start the program; just remember to re-export if you ever make a change to your custom groups.  

Import Custom Groups dialog box gives users the choice of one or all the groups and to account for naming conflicts. They will need to select the file that was exported and then add a prefix to any naming conflicts. The dialog box will display a list of groups within this file. The end user can then decide to select any groups within the file (Ctrl-Select) or all of them.

Insight Import Custom Groups Dialog Box Options

Bonus Tips:

  1. Using the Import option again, browse to your Insight install directory (C:\Program Files\Stratasys\). Select the version number you are on and then the “train” folder. This folder contains an assortment of special custom groups developed and used by Stratasys.
  2. The SBS file is a Stratasys Build Style file and is readable in Notepad, though, I would not want to edit the builds in this.

Insight Training

If you want to learn more about Custom Groups and much more, consider enrolling in GoEngineer's official Insight training course. For information about alternative training options, contact us.

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Jeremy Marvin is a Senior Digital Manufacturing Application Engineer at GoEngineer.

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