3D Scanning: Using a Work In Progress (WIP) Model with a Roland CNC

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Creaform 3D Scanners can be used for many more things beyond quality control/inspection of parts or reverse engineering existing parts. With more uses comes less downtime on your Creaform scanner resulting in a better return on investment. One of the less prominent areas you can use your scanner for is to make a ‘Work In Progress’ (WIP) model for use with CNC machining. Sometimes when machining you will have a part that is part way machined from the stock but not […]

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Roland Desktop Mills: Preventing Spindle Overcurrent Error

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A spindle overcurrent error is a safety feature built into the Roland Desktop Mills. This feature shuts off milling operations when the stress on the spindle becomes too high, protecting the spindle from damage. The key to preventing spindle overcurrent errors is to reduce the load on the spindle during operation. There are many things that can cause extra stress on the spindle, so here I will go through some of the more common ones. Things to consider before beginning: […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 8 – CAM

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Another release has been delivered with a Value Added Product by SOLIDWORKS called SOLIDWORKS CAM. SOLIDWORKS CAM installation can be broken down into 2 sections (CAM Standard, CAM Standard TBM) and (CAM Professional). CAM Standard – CAM Standard TBM The installation process is simple with CAM, just run the 2018 SOLIDWORKS installation process CAM will be automatically loaded without searching for check marks to add into the software download. After the installation is complete, open SOLIDWORKS and right click on COMMAND MANAGER […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS CAM Updates – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 has some great enhancements in SOLIDWORKS CAM. Listed below are seven updates and improvements to CAM functionality within SOLIDWORKS. 1. Taper and Neck options for non-cutting portion of the tools In the past, our inability to define the detail of the tool shank did not show accurate machining simulation. Now we can properly define the Operations Parameter Dialogue Box in the Tech DB. We now have Taper and Neck options for the Non-cutting portion of the tool. Which allow for greater […]

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monoFab SRM-20 – The Compact Desktop Milling Solution

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Overview The SRM-20 is another Desktop Mill designed for entrepreneur and Students created by DGSHAPE by Roland. This robust machine can cut a Varity of materials using 7000 rpm and a single tool. (Modeling Wax, Chemical Wood, Foam, Acrylic, Poly acetate, ABS, PC board and many more) The largest Work piece is 8in x 6in x 2.38in. The SRM -20 weighs in at 43lbs and has a foot print of 18x17x17, this compact mill can be moved with ease and […]

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MODELA MDX-40A Desktop Milling Machine

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The MDX – 40A is an easy to use desktop milling machine. It’s compact size but spacious work area allows it to fit in most any office, lab, or classroom. Built for all levels of designer, engineers, and students, the MDX – 40A is a great fit for those that need to quickly create precise 3D models or engravings in a small work place. The MDX – 40A can mill any number of plastics, foams, and woods. Including but not […]

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DGSHAPE by Roland’s MDX-50 Benchtop CNC Milling Machine for Prototypes and Production

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The MDX-50 from DGSHAPE by Roland is a 2.5 axis CNC milling machine designed for in office use. Fully enclosed cutting area [ 15.8” (X) x 12” (Y) x 5.3” (Z)] with a 6-station automatic tool changer makes this desktop mill perfect for subtractive rapid prototyping. The Machine was designed to be easy to use for hobbyist projects or for medical and dental prosthesis. Roland enables designers and engineers to create a variety of products out of resins such as […]

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MDX-540 Benchtop Milling Machine for Prototypes and Production

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  The MDX-540 from DGSHAPE by Roland is a 4-axis capable desktop CNC milling machine designed with everyone in mind, which makes it a great in office tool for all engineers, designers, and educators. It has a 19.6″(X) x 15.7″(Y) x 6.1″(Z) milling area, and can handle all production grade plastics and non-ferrous metals for production or prototype parts at production speeds. The MDX-540’s material capability covers everything from Delrin to aluminum. Even with all the capabilities of the MDX-540, it […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 – SOLIDWORKS CAM – Adding Material

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Since the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 with the addition of SOLIDWORKS CAM powered by CAMWorks six months ago, Computer Aided Technology and SOLIDWORKS Technicians have been working overtime to catch up on the new technology, along with users setting up to switch over to become full time users. Today’s subject is about adding material to enable selection in the stock manager SOLIDWORKS Cam Material After selecting the pull down from the Stock Manager, the Material you are programming is not included […]

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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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