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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the next release of the software as well as announcing the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. This year at 3DExperience World 2020 in Nashville, TN they shared what’s new in 2021 a little differently. Rather than a main stage presentation, they did it in small “pop ups” where they […]

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What sets a Professional 3D Printer Apart From a Hobby 3D Printer?

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There is no question that 3D printing has been gaining enormous amounts of traction in pop culture and the mainstream media. According to a recent Wohlers Report on 3D printing revenue growth, 3D printing sales could grow to $21 billion by 2020. What may not be as well-known by 3D printing enthusiasts, however, is what differentiates a professional 3D printer from a hobbyist 3D printer. Companies like GE, Ford, Boeing, and Microsoft are usually using different printers than students working in […]

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3D Printing Company Finds Investor on ABC’s Shark Tank

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Let’s be honest: the majority of reality TV available to viewers is not the most educational of content. However, ABC’s Shark Tank gives real-life entrepreneurs the opportunity of a lifetime to pitch their ideas and companies to some of the best business minds in the manufacturing, design, and technology industries. So it was only a matter of time until 3D printing company “You Kick Ass” came to Shark Tank looking for investors. You Kick Ass was able to develop a […]

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3D Printing Helping Lead the Way in Battle Field Armor Development

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When out on patrol, members of the armed forces and law enforcement teams count on each other and their training to keep themselves safe. Just as important to safety as making smart decisions, however, is what type of personal protection is available to individuals. The goal is to ensure that, when under attack, soldiers and law enforcement members have the best chance of avoiding injury. Currently, Kevlar body armor is the standard in protecting vital organs, but through the utilization […]

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Stratasys Announcements Bring Objet1000 Plus to Market and Expand Fortus Material Options

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The design and manufacturing industry has a new 3D printing option when it comes to producing large PolyJet parts. On Monday, April 13, 2015, Stratasys announced the release of the new Objet 1000 Plus 3D Production System. This new unit features a large build tray of 1000 x 800 x 500 mm, the widest combination of PolyJet materials, and increased build speeds. One of the truly unique features of this new 3D printer is the movement of the print head. […]

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3D Printing Colored Thermoplastics with ASA

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One of the things some 3D printing users like about using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology is that they get to use common, industry-grade materials to print their parts, and a very popular material Stratasys offers to its FDM users is ASA Thermoplastic. This tough, durable plastic is ideal for making functional prototypes and, in some cases, even end-use parts. There used to be a drawback, however: ASA had a very limited number of color options available, so unless you […]

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Streamlining the Production Floor with Additive Manufacturing

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For most people in the manufacturing industry, the driving factors for change are generally getting a project done faster, cheaper, and with improved quality. This is where additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it’s more commonly referred to, has really begun to find its niche with manufacturers. Professional 3D printers provide a wide range of printer sizes and durable materials that manufacturers are applying more and more to the production of floor tools. Manufacturing relies on tools to maintain consistent […]

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The Impact of 3D Printing Across the Product Lifecycle

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Designers, engineers, and manufacturers across multiple industries are discovering that the more ways they can incorporate 3D printing into a product’s developmental life cycle, the better they can optimize ideas, time management, and product developmental dollars. In the not so distant past, prototypes and concept models were made of wood, clay, or metal. They often had to be made in third party shops, where the time and costs associated with producing models was difficult to justify to management. What 3D […]

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ULTEM 1010 Material Expands 3D Printing Applications

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One of the benefits of 3D printing parts using FDM technology is that designers and manufactures can print in common industry standard materials like ABS or Polycarbonate. FDM materials are generally strong and versatile plastics used in a wide range of industries and applications. Recently, Stratasys announced a full line of brand-new products designed to expand on their already wide range of 3D printing capabilities. One of the most exciting announcements in this product launch was the release of the […]

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Stratasys and Worrell Announce Collaborative Partnership to Optimize Medical Devices

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In the medical device industry, innovation and optimization of new products is paramount to ensuring that breakthrough ideas are able to come to fruition and aid in achieving patient health. The challenges that medical device manufacturers tend to run into, however, are high tooling costs and meeting very strict FDA regulations. This is where additive manufacturing becomes a very valuable tool to manufacturers, as 3D printing is ideal when complex parts need to be produced in low volume. Earlier this […]

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