What’s New with Materalise Magics

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With this year’s new version, Magics 24, comes some great improvements to help you prepare models for additive manufacturing In this new edition, Materalise has added .3mf support , a chamfering tool, and reworked the backend algorithms to boost the speed of Magic’s editing tools. Hollowing, perforating, and cutting are solved up to 3 times faster. Speaking of the cutting tool, the lap joint tool now has a preview for parameter adjustments before the cut is applied. This makes partial […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Model Display: 3MF Enhancements and Color Picker

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SOLIDWORKS introduced more enhancements that include display, import, and export of 3D models in SOLIDWORKS 2021. 3MF files – which are quickly becoming an industry-standard for additive manufacturing – can now import and export more colors and textures than ever! Additionally, selecting colors with the eye dropper when applying appearances now works with external applications. In this article, I will go into detail with the 3MF enhancements, explain why 3MF is becoming an industry-standard, and finish with additional appearance functionality […]

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What’s New with Stratasys: Digital Anatomy Printer Updates

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With the latest update to GrabCAD 1.46, the Digital Anatomy Printer received some very welcome updates: Bone Analyzer and Cross Section.To understand why these updates are so useful, let’s take a trip back in time. When the Digital Anatomy Printer first came out its offerings were leaps and bounds ahead of anything available on the 3D printing market in its ability to replicate complex bone structures for authentic haptic feedback during practice procedures. However, the software used to process Digital […]

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3D Printing with Stereolithography

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Stereolithography (SL) is the first Additive Manufacturing technology, patented in 1986.  But just because it is the oldest does not mean there is nothing new, SL remains a viable solution for prototypes, tooling, production, etc. in the 3D Printing world.  Newly introduced is the Stratasys V650 Flex.  The ‘Flex’ in the name truly means that it is giving users more flexibility, Stratasys has unlocked the restrictions to this tried and true technology by allowing customers to use any UV photopolymer […]

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PostProcess: Polyjet Support Removal Made Easier

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PostProcess: Polyjet support removal made easier To all those familiar with Polyjet 3D printing technology – the benefits it offers are abundantly clear. High resolution, high throughput, full-color parts that serve a number of different industries. To those using Polyjet to create incredible printed parts, an issue may eventually arise related to support removal. Whether it is a bottle neck in manpower because your demand has grown rapidly and removing supports from 100 parts is taking much longer than you […]

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The Revolutionary J55 3D Printer From Stratasys

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This summer saw the release of a completely new printer platform from Stratasys, the J55. It has been designed from the ground up to be the first office-friendly, full color 3D printer. It does this in a number of ways: The revolutionary (pun intended) build tray spins so that the print head only needs to move in one direction as opposed to the two of most other printers. This reduces the noise from motors moving the print head as well as […]

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Desktop Metal Shop System

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Metal 3D printing has been firmly stuck in the land of highly customized one-off production parts and prototyping, like rocket engine parts. Almost all metal 3D printers can not get anywhere near the speed needed to create mass production parts. But that changes with the capabilities of the Desktop Metal Shop System. This is the first metal binder jetting system designed for the machine shop. The DM Shop System is a powder bed based, inkjet technology that allows for mass […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Blog Series

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 is nearing release and the Computer Aided Technology Technical Team is excited for the next version of SOLIDWORKS. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2021 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Beginning Tuesday, September 22nd, the CATI Technical Team will be starting our 7th annual What’s New Blog Series. The team is planning daily posts covering the new features and functions […]

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Materialize e-Stage

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Materialize e-Stage is a very powerful software that can save you lots of time and money when dealing with SLA/DLP resin 3D printers (like the Stratasys V650 Flex) or sintered metal 3D printers. SLA resin 3D printing is one of the oldest versions of 3D printing and has been around since the early 1980’s. Partly due to this there are some issues that can come up when using this technology, such as the support structures that needs to be generated […]

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