DESIGN FOR 3D PRINTING – Tips, Tricks, & Techniques Part 3 of 3

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing can be somewhat different than designing for traditional Subtractive processes (Mills, Lathes, etc.) We will break this down into 3 parts that impact your design, Design Considerations (part 1), Exporting Data (part 2) and Part Printing (part 3). In this blog let’s take a look at the next step – Part Printing. Part Preparation is extremely important to initiate the function in the equation of form, fit and function. We will also focus on understanding build […]

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DESIGN FOR 3D PRINTING – Tips, Tricks & Techniques Part 2 of 3

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing can be somewhat different than designing for traditional Subtractive processes (Mills, Lathes, etc.) We will break this down into 3 parts that impact your design, Design Considerations (part 1), Exporting Data (part 2) and Build Preparation (part 3). In Part 1 we discussed Design Considerations. In this blog let’s take a detailed look at the next step – Exporting the Data. This can be equally important to define the form, fit and function intended for the […]

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3D CAD Design For 3D Printing – Tips, Tricks, & Techniques – Part 1 of 3

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Designing for Additive Manufacturing can be somewhat different than designing for traditional subtractive processes (Mills, Lathes, etc.). We will break this process down into three parts that impact your design. The three parts will focus on Design Considerations (part 1), Exporting Data (part 2) and Build Preparation (part 3). As a designer you have numerous design considerations for your creation. However, for Additive Manufacturing (AM) let’s just concentrate on these three design considerations that make a difference in 3D Printing; […]

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Discovering your 3D Printer’s Capabilities – Part 3

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This is the last of a brief series on understanding the capabilities and limitations of your 3D Printer. When you know what your machine can achieve, it can be applied to significantly aid your part design as well as throughput and quality. In part 1 of this series, we discussed how structural supports are dependent on 3 variables; technology, material and layer thickness. We showed how some overhangs can be built in FDM without a support structure. See Discovering your […]

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How to Insert a Pause in a Build in Catalyst

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In Catalyst, you can tell the machine to pause at a specified layer during a build. Once the build pauses the door will unlock. You can use this technique to insert parts into the build in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. Regardless of the part inserted, it must sit flush with the last layer that was put down. You can also utilize a pause in the build to do a material change. Once paused, unload the model material and […]

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How to set Part level sketches as different layers in your Drawing

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Recently a question was asked to myself and a coworker on how to set Part level sketches as different layers in a Drawing file in SOLIDWORKS.  We took up the challenge and started working it out.  When clicking on the sketch, no option is given to change the layer. That means the normal way of setting a layer is out, now it’s time to start thinking outside the box.  What we did was to use the sketch tools provided in […]

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