What is Photogrammetry?

What is Photogrammetry? Photogrammetry No it’s not a new type of selfie, photogrammetry is a 3-D coordinate measuring technique that uses 2-D photographs and a known scale length as the fundamental tools for metrology applications. Simply put, the distance between 2 points on an object can be determined by measuring them in a picture and applying a scaling factor. In practice, a user would place reflective targets across the surface of their critical features and use these locators to create […]

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INSPECTING 3D Printed Prototypes with 3D Scanner Technology

INSPECTING 3D Printed Prototypes with 3D Scanner Technology   Within the last 10 years CAD software has risen to new heights, giving the user more control over their designs and allowing them to create more curved surfaces on parts. In the manufacturing world, manufacturing processes have evolved to meet the designers demands breaking through walls of tighter tolerances and high complexity.   What does this all mean? Well, if you’re you in the QC department, this means you have an […]

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Creaform 3D Scanning: Level-Up Your 3D Scanning Abilities with a Few Tips & Tricks

Level-Up Your 3D Scanning Abilities with a Few Tips & Tricks   So, you want to improve your Jedi 3D scanning skills and significantly decrease time spent doing post-processing touchups. Well now you can, with these few tips & tricks you can work your way up from Padawan learner to Jedi Master.   Let’s face it, we all have spent an excessive amount of time editing; patch a hole here, remove noise there, improve details and smooth boundaries. All these […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Customizing Documents Task Pane

Customizing Documents Task Pane   There is nothing better than customizing! Customized part templates, customized drawing templates or customized Assembly templates. We all have a specific work flow that is inherent to our jobs so to be able to simplify tasks as a SOLIDWORKS user makes us all a little happier at the end of the day.   That being said, wouldn’t it be nice to organize your templates in your own tabs under the new document task pane?   […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Comparing 3D PMI in MBD – #SW2017

Comparing 3D PMI in MBD   With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2017 MBD, SOLIDWORKS brings new enhancements to your workflow for Product manufacturing information (PMI). In previous releases, there were no easy ways of dealing with document modifications and as we all know……. revisions are inevitable!   But now you can rest easy because SOLIDWORKS has introduced 3D PMI COMPARE to SOLIDWORKS MBD. This useful yet powerful little tool allows you to compare your revised part to your original part […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Reordering 3D Views in MBD – #SW2017

Reordering 3D Views in MBD   With the release of SOLIDWORKS MBD in 2015 there were many changes in the industry on how we communicate are technical data. Many have done out with the old 2D drawings and in with the new 3d drawings.   With continuing improvements in order to facilitate our users, SOLIDWORKS 2016 brought about many user friendly options such as; referencing edges as well as faces for dimensioning, using DimXpert with assemblies, the use of different […]

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SOLIDWORKS- Linking Assembly Balloons to Notes

SOLIDWORKS- Linking Assembly Balloons to Notes SOLDWORKS offers many annotation enhancements to your drawings, one of them being the ability to relate the BOM to different drawing views by using balloons. SOLIDWORKS even goes a step further by automating the ballooning process with the Auto Balloon feature. But there are many other dynamic uses for balloons than the traditional part numbering. On occasion, when working with drawing assemblies, it would be nice to link the itemized balloons to a note. […]

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