SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Configuring the Precision of Dimensions and Tolerances – #SW2019

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Controlling the precision of dimensions in SOLIDWORKS has always been integral to capturing design intent and ensuring the finished part will be manufactured within tolerance. In certain cases, a critical dimension and/or tolerance might require different precision from one configuration to another due to a change in material or manufacture method. Previously, this information would have required two separate parts to capture. In SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can now directly configure precision. From the Dimension PropertyManager, specify a desired tolerance and […]

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DESIGN FOR 3D PRINTING – Tips, Tricks & Techniques Part 2 of 3

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing can be somewhat different than designing for traditional Subtractive processes (Mills, Lathes, etc.) We will break this down into 3 parts that impact your design, Design Considerations (part 1), Exporting Data (part 2) and Build Preparation (part 3). In Part 1 we discussed Design Considerations. In this blog let’s take a detailed look at the next step – Exporting the Data. This can be equally important to define the form, fit and function intended for the […]

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What I learned at AMUG (2018 Edition)

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In mid April of this year, myself and other members of the Hardware Sales and Application team made the short trek to the St. Louis Union Station for the 30th annual AMUG conference. AMUG is first and foremost a User Group for users and operators of additive equipment to come together to learn from one another. This is the only place I would feel comfortable in talking to vendors and manufacturers of competitive equipment and ask them how it works. […]

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3D CAD Design For 3D Printing – Tips, Tricks, & Techniques – Part 1 of 3

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing can be somewhat different than designing for traditional subtractive processes (Mills, Lathes, etc.). We will break this process down into three parts that impact your design. The three parts will focus on Design Considerations (part 1), Exporting Data (part 2) and Build Preparation (part 3). As a designer you have numerous design considerations for your creation. However, for Additive Manufacturing (AM) let’s just concentrate on these three design considerations that make a difference in 3D Printing; […]

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What I learned at AMUG 2018!

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Recently we were able to participate and attend the annual Additive Manufacturing User Group(AMUG) Conference. This was my first year attending and I had a blast! The booths were fun to explore with many different printers and complimentary solutions. In our booth we had a Stratasys F170 the first day and a Desktop Metal Studio printer the rest of the week. As complimentary solutions, we also had a Roland MDX-50 benchtop CNC milling machine, and a variety of Creaform 3D scanners. There […]

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JUSTIFYING 3D PRINTING FOR YOUR BUSINESS (Part 3 of 3) Creating the Presentation

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This is the final installment of a 3-part series discussing the basics of justifying 3D printing equipment for your company. It is broken down into 3 basic tasks: Choosing the correct 3D Printer (click here to view previous blog) Collecting the information (click here to view previous blog) Creating the presentation After completing Step 1 above, you should have narrowed your choice of 3D printing technologies and selected a couple of models to evaluate. With Step 2 you should have […]

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Scan to 3D Print

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For many years, Additive Manufacturing has leaned heavily on the Computer Aided Design (CAD) world to print parts.  Until recently this was in the form of STL (Standard Tessellation Language) files.  STL files are a collection of points that create a 3D Object.  Lately, I have noticed more and more manufacturers moving towards native CAD Data for Printing. One technology is still making great use of the STL file, and that is 3D Scanning.  3D Scanners collect data about a […]

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Justifying 3D Printing for Your Company (Part 2 of 3) – Collecting the Information

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This a part 2 of a 3 part series discussing basics of justifying 3D printing equipment for your company. It is broken down into 3 basic tasks: Choosing the correct 3D Printer (click here to view previous blog) Collecting information Creating the presentation After completing Step 1 above, you should have narrowed your choice of 3D printing technologies and selected a couple of models to evaluate. Now we can begin Collecting Information for the justification process. Most people will consider […]

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Justifying 3D Printing for your Business Part 1: Choosing the Correct 3D Printer

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Justifying 3D Printing for your Business Part 1: Choosing the Correct 3D Printer Justifying any capital equipment for your company can often feel like trying to get the planets to align. But if you can’t wait until May 6, 2492 (next alignment of all 8 planets) let’s discuss what steps you can take to acquire a 3D Printer for your business. Most 3D Printer justifications can be simplified into 3 basic tasks: Choosing the correct 3D Printer Collecting the information […]

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Desktop Metal Materials

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Desktop Metal 3D Printing Materials One of the most exciting aspects of the Desktop Metal systems is the material capabilities. Most of today’s current metal printing machines are very limited in their material selections. Usually limited to high alloy steels and other exotic metals that are positioned more towards very niche uses. With Desktop Metal, we are leveraging the supply chain of the Metal Injection Molding (MIM) industry. With MIM we have a much wider range of materials available to […]

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