August 2017

CATI Monthly Newsletter


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Reverse Engineering with Creaform and SOLIDWORKS

Creaform scannersThe hand held Creaform scanners are a great addition to your Inspection lab to speed up bottle necks and get more info quicker on your parts, but they can also be used for quick and effective reverse engineering. Once we have all of this scanned data acquired, we can use the VXElements software to extract all of the useful information we might need to build up a new part or a variation of the existing Geometry.

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SOLIDWORKS:  Making Sense of Simulation Meshing

Sim MeshingMeshing is a term for the process of discretizing CAD geometry. For the purpose of this blog series, we will only discuss solid elements. In terms of SOLIDWORKS I often solid elements to building your CAD model out of Pyramid shaped Legos. Mesh density is perhaps the biggest factor in solution time. A mesh with many elements or “dense mesh” will usually yield a closer to real life solution, but it has many more degrees of freedom and therefore will take much longer to solve. On the other hand, a mesh with fewer elements will not take as long but may not yield as realistic of results.

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Desktop Metal:  Studio 3D Printer

Desktop MetalThe Studio Printer is getting closer to release and we’ve been getting a lot of questions on how it operates and compares to other metal printers currently on the market.  Here’s a little bit of a deeper dive into the Studio Printer.

The Studio will print material using a method called Bound Metal Deposition (BMD). The concept is very similar to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in that we are extruding material through a heated tip and drawing out each layer. The difference is that with BMD, we are extruding a rod of powdered metal that has been bound together using a resin binder. In essence, we are melting the resin binder and shaping it to our desired form, and the powdered metal is just along for the ride.Read the full article here >>

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Upcoming Live Events

Customer Appreciation Open House
August 22,2017
9:30am-3:00pm – CST
Buffalo Grove, IL

3DEXPERIENCE Platform Workshop
August 22, 2017
8:00am – 2:00pm – PST
Seattle, WA

Creating the Factory of the Future Seminar
August 23, 2017
8:30am – 12:00pm – CST
Coralville, IA

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Hands On Test Drive
August 24, 2017
8:30 am – 12 pm – EST
South Bend, IN

Desktop Metal Open House
August 29, 2017
9:00 am – 12 pm – PST
Bellevue, WA

Desktop Metal Open House
August 29, 2017
9:00 am – 12 pm – CST
Kansas City, KS

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation
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Stratasys Webcasts

Leveraging 3D Scanning and Additive Manufacturing for Reverse Engineering and Inspection
September 21, 2pm- 3pm, CST
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Stratasys 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing for Injection Molding Applications
September 26, 10am- 11am, CST
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