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Reverse Engineering with Creaform and SOLIDWORKS
The 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.
Meshing 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.
The 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 >>