Is My SOLIDWORKS Model Constrained Properly?

One problem many face when running simulations is how to add fixtures and/or which fixtures properly constrain their model.  In some cases the answer is easily evident.  In the case of a hook attached to a wall, there should be a fixed geometry on the back.  In the case of a nail, the same fixture should be used, as shown below. Unfortunately most simulations, if not all are not that simple.  While much of knowing which fixture is best comes […]

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Jamming With 3D Printers at the University of Chicago

No, not the guitar-playing jamming…  In the world of material science, “jamming” is what occurs when the volume available to a bunch of grains in a granular material (such as sand) gets so small that the grains jam into each other, effectively getting stuck. Depending on the shape of the grains, the material will display different characteristics such as strength, flexibility and friction. Got it? Moving on… Heinrich Jaeger is a Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago and runs […]

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Pretty form validation in DriveWorks

I’ve always liked how DriveWorksXpress handles form validation. When you build the form, you tell DriveWorksXpress what type of data you want (text or number) and if it is a number, tell it the range of numbers you will accept. With no more setup than that, the validation output looks like the image above -if there is a validation issue, the field is pinkish and a tooltip is available to help the user fix the issue. This seems a bit […]

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Computer Aided Technology 2013 Toys for Tots Drive

2013 Toys for Tots Drive Computer Aided Technology employees put together another incredible drive for Toys for Tots this year. A big thank you to all those helping support this great program. Total Amount of Toys Collected: $1,500 TOYS FOR TOTS MISSION: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in […]

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Stratasys Gets Tough with Nylon 12

A new nylon material with the specs to be the toughest in additive manufacturing is a strong reason to take notice. Stratasys chose EuroMold 2013 to launch FDM Nylon 12 for Fortus 3D Production Systems. Designed to optimize strength and toughness while reducing the residual stresses and warp that have prevented semi-crystalline material use in the past, FDM Nylon 12 offers several key improvements over any other 3D-printed nylon.  It out-performs on toughness and mechanical properties, exhibiting 100% improvement in […]

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SOLIDWORKS Training Files

At Computer Aided Technology we have a long list of classes that we teach. When you take these courses there are case study files and exercises that are pre-installed on the training machines. After you have finished the class you might want to work through some of the files again. Luckily SolidWorks has a link on page 3 of every training manual we offer where the file set can be downloaded from. After you head to find the course […]

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What it takes to make a mirrored part with flatten capabilities in SolidWorks

There are two ways to make an opposite hand version of a part; a good way and a not so good way.  The “not so good” way is to put the part in an assembly and use mirror components to create it.  The only thing I do not like about this method is that you have to create an assembly file to make this happen.  The final result is the same either way you go with it. The other way […]

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Medical Researchers Use Stratasys 3D Printers to Develop Low Cost, Highly Accurate Surgical Tools

Advanced medical training requires particular tools for specialized procedures. Sometimes this training carries risks to the patients and doctors alike. At the University of Minnesota Medical School, the urology department is taking advantage of 3D printing to create models of both the surgical field and the specialized tools required to learn advanced techniques. Researchers at CREST, the Center for Research in Simulations and Education Technologies at University of Minnesota Medical School, are using Stratasys 3D Printers to design an alternative solution. CREST […]

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Personalize and 3D Print Yourself a Porsche Cayman!

Prominent auto manufacturers are currently designing the latest driving sensations with help from Stratasys 3D printers.  Auto fanatics of all ages can now rejoice in the delight of "owning" a Porsche Cayman.  The Cayman is now within reach for anyone with access to a 3D printer. Porsche posted a short video on its YouTube channel that displays a 3D printer building a Cayman S layer-by-layer with the encouragement for fans to "create, print, and colorize" their own particular model.  Many […]

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UAVs Manufactured On the Fly with FDM

UAV Solutions Inc. in Jessup, Maryland, specializes in UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and UAV control systems. According to company CEO Bill Davidson, when the company bought their first Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D Printer, they thought that it was an impressive technology – but they didn’t really understand all that it could do.  While they originally figured they would use it to produce little prototypes or giveaways for their customers, FDM-based (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printing has now “crept” into every aspect of their manufacturing […]

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