Alaris 3D Printer Unveiled at Pack Expo

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CATI unveiled the new Alaris30 3D printer manufactured by Objet Geometries at the 2008 Pack Expo show in Chicago to great reviews by attendees.  Throughout the five day exhibition the printer was building parts during show hours and it was fun to watch people stop in their tracks to get a closer look.  The reaction reminded me of the good 'ol days when stereolithography was first introduced and people crowded around to look at this "new" technology.  On more than […]

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3D Printing takes another step forward

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I was told this morning that CATI is now partnered with Objet to sell their new Alaris30 Desktop 3D  Printer.  I started doing my research and this stuff is outstanding!! This small desktop sized printer is capable of delivering very high resolution parts at high speed to get detailed parts quickly that can be used effectively for testing form and function. The most exciting aspect of this, for me at least, is the ability to  generate that very fine detail […]

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Does your VRML file look jagged?

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With the increasing popularity and interest in rapid prototyping, one of the file formats used for the ZCorp printer is VRML.  This file type allows us to print our parts with color, but when you save the part file there is no options to control the quatlity of the file.  This is actually controled by the image quality setting in SOLIDWORKS system options under the document properties.  The higher the image quality the smoother the lines.  Therefore, next time you […]

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