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CATI Makes a Splash at AMUG

For the second year in a row CATI was a Platinum sponsor at the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Conference held at the Hilton Chicago last week.  For more information on the AMUG conference visit www.amug.com.         This is the first year in the 29 year history of the conference it was sold out.  A total of 1600 were in attendance with over 700 being first time attendees. In our suite we featured Stratasys 3D printed parts, 3D printed injection molds and Creaform hand-held scanners including our new MetraScan.           Also on display, was the new F123 series of printers from Stratasys.  These

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Digital Prototyping, Modeling, Rapid Prototyping


Creaform 3D Scanners: Reverse Engineering the Death Star

Reverse Engineering the Death Star   No, I’m not on my way to becoming the next Emperor Palpatine, so no worries there.   Last Christmas season, my family found a Death Star Planetarium while shopping.  We had the idea of using it as a tree topper for our Christmas tree.  Our only problem was how to get it to stay.  It came with a stand, but it didn’t immobilize the Death Star. I could get calipers and other measuring tools out, but that doesn’t result in the best accuracy.  The answer came in using the Creaform 3D scanners.  I have only been using scanners and their software VXelements for a

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Design Validation, Digital Prototyping, Modeling, Rapid Prototyping

Stratasys 3D Printing: Be the First to See the NEW Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printers

Be the First to See the NEW Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printers   Join us for an upcoming workshop and be the first to see the NEW F123  Series 3D Printers. The Stratasys F123 Series combines powerful FDM technology with design-to-print GrabCAD software for the most versatile and intelligent solution available. Produce fast, effective prototypes for concept development, as well as highly accurate and robust parts for design validation and functional performance.   Can’t make it to an event? Each of our 3D Printing Facilities have been outfitted with this NEW technology. Contact us to schedule a visit to one of our facilities.   ***Upcoming Events Featuring the Stratasys F123 Series

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Digital Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping

Creaform 3D Scanning: Say Hello to the Creaform MetraSCAN 3D

Say Hello to the Creaform MetraSCAN 3D   The MetraSCAN 3D from Creaform is the most complete 3D scanning solution for metrology-grade measurements and inspection engineered for shop floor conditions.     Benefits:   Metrology-grade measurements: accuracy of up to 0.030 mm (0.0012 in.), resolution of up to 0.050 mm (0.0020 in.), high repeatability and traceable certificate Dynamic referencing: optical reflectors are used to create a reference system that is “locked” to the part, so users can move the object any way they want during the measurement process Volumetric accuracy of 0.064 mm (0.0025 in.) Accurate measurement of parts ranging from 0.2 to 10 meters (0.7 to 33 feet) in

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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 micro-tasks are necessary in order to achieve our picture-perfect idea of a scan, but the price we pay is precious time and these tasks add up.   On that note,

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St. Louis 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Workshop

CATI and TechShop St. Louis would like you to be our guest at our 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Seminar in St. Louis on March 9th.  There is no cost to attend and lunch is included. This event features brand new content as well as a live demonstration of 3D Scanning, 3D Printed Tooling for Injection Molding, and 3D Printed Tooling for Thermoforming. Seating is limited, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot. Event Information: When March 9, 2017 9:30am – 2:00pm (Lunch Included) Where TechShop St. Louis 4260 Forest Park Ave. St. Louis, MO 63108-2811 Registration Link Whether 3D printing technology is on your 2017 roadmap or you are just

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Rapid Prototyping

CATI Sponsors Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG)

CATI Sponsors Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG)   For the second straight year CATI is a Platinum sponsor at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG). Twenty eight years ago, this organization was formed as the SLA users group. That first conference was formed by owners and users of SLA equipment and as a way to help each other in this growing industry. Thus, the AMUG catch phrase “For Users, By Users”.   AMUG is an all-encompassing technology users group dedicated to the advancement of additive manufacturing technology. The AMUG Conference brings together engineers, designers, managers, and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Digital Prototyping, General Info, Rapid Prototyping

Creaform 3D Scanning: PLM Process

3D Scanning in the PLM Process   Information in this article was originally published by Creaform in the eBook, An Introduction to 3D Scanning.   3D scanning has emerged as a critical tool in every step of the product lifecycle management (PLM) process. This is especially true of the new generation of truly portable, self-positioning scanners.   The ability of 3D scanning to bridge the gap between physical objects in the real world and the digital de-sign environment has become extremely valuable in a wide range of industries that use PLM — aerospace, automotive, consumer products, manufacturing, and heavy industries among the principal ones.   These industries benefit from faster time

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3D Scanning: How it Works

How 3D Scanning Works   Information in this article was originally published in the Creaform eBook, An Introduction to 3D Scanning.   3D scanners are tri-dimensional measurement devices used to capture real-world objects or environments so that they can be remodeled or analyzed in the digital world. The latest generation of 3D scanners do not require contact with the physical object being captured.   3D scanners can be used to get complete or partial 3D measurements of any physical object. Most these devices generate points or measures of extremely high density when compared to traditional “point-by-point” measurement devices.   There are two major categories of scanners based on the way

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