Create a CREAFORM Customer account

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CONNECT TO THE CUSTOMER CENTER & DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE Getting Connected to CREAFORM’s Customer Center is essential with the purchase of a 3D scanner. The customer center provides useful tools such as: software & license downloads, training files and tutorials, interactive E-learning, accessories for your newly purchased scanner and much more. All of this is provided to you as a customer at no extra charge so it’s a huge benefit to get access to these online tools. Here’s how:  Step 1:Web […]

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Harnessing the power of topology studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Part 2

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Topology studies, available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, are a highly effective way for design engineers to create lightweight, optimized parts. Topology studies can be used to explore a variety of design iterations to satisfy an optimization goal, subject to a set of geometric constraints. Topology studies start with a maximum design space which represents the maximum allowable size for the component. The topology optimization then seeks a new distribution of material, within the boundaries of the maximum allowable geometry, considering all the […]

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Installing your Stratasys J55 Build Tray

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INSTALLING YOUR STRATASYS J55 BUILD TRAY So you got yourself one of the brand new Stratasys J55 full color 3D printers. One of the many impressive features it has is the build tray size to printer footprint ratio. Today I will cover installation of the build tray into the printer. First open the printer door and locate the build tray turntable. There is a securing nut that is located in the center. Find the dedicated build tray wrench located in […]

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SOLIDWORKS CAM 3 Axis Milling Strategies

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Working with customers I frequently get asked “What 3 Axis Milling programming capabilities are included with SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard?” SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard includes the following 3 Axis CAM Features:Area Clearance, Z-Level, Flat Area. Area Clearance – 3 Axis Roughing: The Area Clearance Operation is used to remove the material between the stock or contain area and the selected feature at decreasing Z depth levels by making a series of parallel cuts across the stock with various patterns. Also a Contain […]

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Synchronizing Item Numbers Across Multiple Cut Lists or BOMs

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I was recently presented with an interesting request from someone on a SOLIDWORKS support case. They had designed a weldment model and wanted to break it up into several subgroups to highlight specific regions, so they created additional part files by selecting groups of bodies and using the Insert Into New Part tool. A problem then arose when they created drawings for their models: The cut list item numbers in the groups didn’t match those in the top-level model. Since […]

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J750 Digital Anatomy: First Impressions

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The CATI office in Bellevue, Washington had their Stratasys J750 Polyjet printer upgraded into the J750 Digital Anatomy printer recently and I thought I would go through some of my first impressions of the machine and its exclusive materials. The Good Physical Accuracy: One of the first part I printed off the machine was a human heart model. I was stunned to see the accuracy of the heart! The model had the Chordae Tendinae, Tricuspid valve, Mitral valve, Aortic valve, […]

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Multibody Design in SOLIDWORKS – Assembly Applications

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If you are familiar with multibody design, then you know the advantages and disadvantages of using multi-bodies versus assemblies. Whether it be for improved performance or representing multiple components as a stock part, multibody parts give you almost all the same capabilities as assemblies. Let us look at some great shared assets between multi-bodies and assemblies. The first is the ability to piece individual elements using mates. Inherently, there is no mate command while working with part files. However, there […]

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Utilize SOLIDWORKS Simulation Color Options to Find Errors Quickly

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Utilize Simulation Color Options to Find Errors Quickly SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows engineers to simulate their designs prior to physical prototyping and helps engineers understand whether a part will fail or not. One of the common questions I receive from users of SOLIDWORKS Simulation is “how do I identify if my part is failing or not, and how do I identify problem areas in my part?” In this blog I am going to show three tips on how you can color […]

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Creating Custom Fixtures with 3D Printing

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Creating custom machining and assembly fixtures is often a costly and time-consuming process. Using 3D printing, custom fixtures can be created in a fraction of the time at a cost that is justifiable for short run parts and one-offs. To demonstrate this, I have this scaled model for an engine cover. This shape is highly complex and cutting this from modeling foam can be a challenge because of the materials brittle nature.  Because of the constraints of the machine I […]

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Making Quarantine Cardboard Costumes with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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Recently I put together a video on how you can use SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal to create cardboard costumes following an enclosure design workflow:   If you want a starting point, below are the files I used to create the costume. I built the design with in-context references and a fairly quick scaling technique for larger or smaller versions. To scale the costume first edit the “Scale” value from the assembly’s file properties (File > Properties). Change the value to a […]

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