CATI 3D Printing Product Announcement

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CATI is proud to announce a new addition to our 3D printing lineup……….SolidWorks

Have you ever lost time and money rebuilding parts because surfaces were not stitched together before exporting an STL file? Or, could there be design errors in geometry received from a customer's file or design from another division of your company? Would it be advantageous of having a "file checker" included into your printing workflow?

CAD programs use a number of different set of mathematical definitions of surfaces and solids. Product models are typically built up of a number of smaller components. 3D Printing data on the other hand prefer single-shell watertight solid models with a well defined outer surface built up of flat triangles. Ultimately, what is needed are slice files with well-defined contours for every layer that shall be built.

Here are 5 reasons to consider adding netfabb to reduce lost build time and cost associated with bad 3D prints:

  • Advanced & efficient file repair
    • automatic routines: define your own repair workflow
    • repair even more complex files automatically
    • determine precise repair settings
    • manual repair: fast and efficient with advanced tools
    • remove self-intersections
    • delete unwanted data easily
  • Speed up processing huge and complex files
    • reduce file size
    • split large parts
    • generate 100% flawless slices for all the most used Additive Manufacturing machines
    • process, repair etc. hundreds of parts in one step with batch mode macro-scripting
    • work simultaneously with multiple build platforms to maximize work efficiency
  • Optimize part quality
    • refine mesh
    • smooth mesh
    • remeshing – rearrange triangles
    • advanced triangle selection—select by volume, area or edge length
    • design and create parts in full color
  • Modify parts—edit shapes
    • advanced cut
    • extrude surfaces / triangles
    • offset file
    • create shell
  • Combine and create new parts
    • boolean operations: merge, subtract, and differentiate parts
    • design parts by using a lot of included simple and complex geometric primitives
    • save as one part
    • shells to parts
    • merge text on parts
    • orient parts perfectly to each other

SolidWorks

Opening the STL file into netfabb errors highlighted………

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Choose the automatic repair button………

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Select the desired repair feature…

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Part repaired with only one shell

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Opening the part after saving once repair completed

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Repair features…

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Repair features…

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Repair features…

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Some advanced features…

 

See more netfabb information in upcoming blogs.

Derek Ellis

Applications Engineer

Computer Aided Technology