Leading-Edge Manufacturing Technologies: Robotics & Additive Manufacturing.

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Leading-Edge Manufacturing Technologies: Part 2 Robotics & Additive Manufacturing. Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a two-part series examining three leading-edge manufacturing technologies. Read part one on advanced sensors: Leading-Edge Manufacturing Technologies. Technology is transforming the manufacturing industry. Imagine a manufacturing floor saturated with 3-D printers overseen by robotics capable of gathering data through advanced sensors and then transmitting that information digitally to inform other systems of impending issues or failures, updating other machines on the status of […]

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Need a New Liver? Print One.

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Well, not quite yet. 3D printing continues to garner lots of press and attention. It truly has become a way to leverage 3D data generated from many different sources. The medical product industry has embraced additive manufacturing and continues to find new applications for the tool. A corollary use for 3D printing applies to surgical simulation. For example, training surgeons in the use of new medical tools using 3D printed organs instead of a patient. The following article from the […]

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Allow Yourself to Focus on What You (Your Company) Does Best

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Much of the discussion in the engineering software marketsurrounds the quality of the actual software itself. What it does, itsreliability, user community, and so on is where the conversation tends to befocused. In the last decade or so, the power and ease of use of thesetools has increased dramatically, especially in terms of being accessible to awider audience. What has not changed is that these still are complex tools thatcan be used for very complex jobs. Just because a user […]

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The Sophistication of the Manufacturing Technology Consumer

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Now that we are well into 2013 and 2012 is behind us it is always useful to look at what has changed(evolved) over time and what is still the same. As a technology provider to engineering and manufacturing organizations, we have seen a number of changes, to say the least, in our 20-plus years of operations. I like bullet points because I have a really short attention span so I will use those. First, what has not changed in terms of what our clients expect:  High […]

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Print 3D Models using your iPhone as a 3D Scanner…Really

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With the recent surge in use and awareness of 3D printingand additive fabrication solutions, the need to create and utilize 3D data hasgreatly increased. Classically the mechanism to create this data model has beeneither using a 3D CAD tool such as SolidWorks to build your model or startingwith scanned data of an existing physical model. High cost/high precision scanners have been around for quitesome time but with a relatively high price point they haven’t become amainstream tool. In addition, several […]

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Pro-E Users Move to SOLIDWORKS Accelerating

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Saw a recent newsletter from a SOLIDWORKS reseller on the West Coast and it is echoing a trend we are seeing as well: Pro-E users moving to SOLIDWORKS at an increasing rate. The article notes some key drivers behind the switch such as the availability of trained engineers and dominance in file format. Also, the lack of adoption of the Creo product is not helping. Link is below for your review: http://www.hawkridgesys.com/news/post/hawk-ridge-systems-newsletter-april-2012

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3DVIA Composer Running on a Mac!

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3DVIA Composer is a terrific solution for an often overlooked area of innovation in product development companies–technical documentation and publication. This includes shopfloor assembly instructions, customer manuals, maintenance instructions and marketing content. In many cases, technical publishing teams are running Apple Mac hardware. Just set up Composer on my 2 year old MacBook Pro ( 4GB RAM, OS 10.6.8, Intel Core 2 Duo, Nvidia GeForce 9400M video,250GB HD). I am running Windows 7 with VMWare 4. Turned on the 3D […]

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