Top-Rated Comedian Uses a Dimension 3D Printer. Seriously.

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There’s no disputing that lifelong ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has found success with a few jokes and a cast of dolls. He stars in Comedy Central’s highest-rated series in history, and concert-industry magazine Pollstar named him the top-grossing comedy act in the world in 2009 and 2010. With an empire to uphold, Dunham is under pressure to continually refresh his act. A new BioChannel documentary shows one way he rises to that challenge: a Dimension 3D Printer, which Dunham used to create […]

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A worthless EPDM Enhancement

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One of my favorite new SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM enhancements is, at least today, practically worthless….this enhancement didn’t even make it into the “What’s New” document. However its potential may make it one of the biggest EPDM enhancements yet. It is the EPDM Partner Program. We’re all familiar with the SOLIDWORKS partner program. Some of the best SOLIDWORKS functionality has actually come from it. Simulation, Toolbox, Hole Wizard, Workgroup, Photoview 360 and even EPDM originally started out as 3rd party partner […]

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The New ABS-ESD7 Static Dissipative Plastic

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Stratasys has announced the new ABS-ESD7 static dissipative material.  If static charge can damage your products, impair their performance or even cause an explosion, try ABS-ESD7. Ideal for protecting electronics from damage caused by electrostatic discharge (static shock), preventing fire and explosion (static spark) and preserving equipment (static cling), parts built with ABS-ESD7 will have a target surface resistance of 10^7 ohms and typically a range between 10^9 ohms to 10^6 ohms.   Break the bond between manufacturing tools and […]

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Direct Digital Manufacturing: How to Design Your Part

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Traditional manufacturing methods, like machining and injection molding have many rules, restrictions, and limitations. These rules don’t apply when using Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM.) Designers are free to concentrate on the best design and not concern themselves with manufacturability. The shift is so fundamental that the impact may not be fully recognized for years to come. Find out how it’s possible.

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DriveWorks – Automatic for the People

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Earlier this month, DriveWorks hit the headlines of Develop3D‘s March issue to celebrate 10 years of design automation.  Al Dean, editor of Develop3D, talked to DriveWorks CEO Glen Smith, and Vice-President Maria Sarkar, about design automation software, the last decade and the future of DriveWorks and where its headed. DriveWorks develops software that assists in automating product design based on a set of rules, either at a local workstation level, or wider scale across an enterprise. Read Al Dean’s article […]

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solidThinking Announces Release of solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking Inspired 8.5

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solidThinking announced on Monday, February 14th, the release of solidThinking 8.5 and solidThinking Inspired 8.5. Industrial designers, concept engineers and architects will soon be able to experience the enhanced benefits of the new releases, which launched worldwide. The solidThinking 8.5 releases introduce more than 900 new features, enhancements and updates, including: Modeling Faster workflow and functional performance. Simplified user-interface navigation and scene organization. A new and improved round tool with advanced options for shape control and handling of overflowing/overlapping rounded […]

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DriveWorks Solo has achieved SW Gold Partner Status

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DriveWorks has just announce that DriveWorks Solo is now officially a Certified Gold Product. I found this rather surprising because I assumed it already was –DriveWorks Pro has been a gold product since 2002. Turns out each new product needs its own certification. When looking to buy a partner product, its certification status should be part of your decision making process. Here is SolidWorks’ definition of a gold product: Beyond demonstrating success in the SOLIDWORKS market, Certified Gold applications present a seamless […]

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