3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

High-Performance 3D Printing Material Testing

October 23, 2017

Stratasys is the leader in 3D printing technology, which means they are constantly looking for more ways to expand their printer and material lineup. With more options than ever before, selecting the right technology can be overwhelming. That's why we're here to help you understand your different optionsparticularly when it comes to high-performance 3D printing materials. Keep reading to learn which materials are classified as high-performance, how they rank on different tests and what industries they are ideal candidates for .


How to Increase Quoting Accuracy with SOLIDWORKS Costing

October 20, 2017

A lot of things in life come down to cost. This is especially true when it comes to manufacturing and making the most efficient and effective decisions for your business. SOLIDWORKS Costing is a tool created to help you do just this.

GrabCAD Print

What's New with GrabCAD Print: Version 1.11

October 13, 2017

In May 2016, Stratasys released GrabCad Print, a sophisticated 3D printing app that allows designers and engineers to prepare, schedule and monitor 3D printing jobs. Since its release, GrabCAD has continued to make exciting updates to this software; and I will be updating you every month on its new features - October 2017 launches GrabCAD Print 1.11.

3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Stratasys, Automotive

Application Spotlight: BMW

October 6, 2017

Additive technologies are revolutionizing the way the automotive industry is designing and developing vehicles. In this blog, we explore how BMW is using 3D scanning and 3D printing to get ahead of their competition.

3D Printing, Applications

How to Finish a 3D Printed Part to Look Like a Production Part

October 4, 2017

Painting and finishing can transform your 3D printed parts to be more aesthetically pleasing, giving them appearance of production parts. Prototypes, concept models and end-use parts can all be finished to presentation-quality in a matter of hours. Our blog outlines how to finish a 3D printed part to look like a production part in four main steps: 1) Preparation, 2) Sanding, 3) Priming and 4) Painting.


How to Install the Workgroup PDM Admin Tool

October 2, 2017

Are you looking for instructions on how to install the Workgroup PDM Admin Tool? This blog will give you the tools to install the updated 2016 WPDM Admin Tool regardless if it is a client SOLIDWORKS machine or a Server machine. The installation process and instructions given below are the same in both scenarios.  


The Fix for SOLIDWORKS Standalone Licensing

September 29, 2017

If you own a Standalone SOLIDWORKS license and use it on multiple computers, you may have noticed a change in how you are able to manage that license. Many users are happy using the license transfer method available under the “Help” menu but if you’re looking for a more flexible way to transfer your license SOLIDWORKS has announced a new method for 2018 that allows the license to be assigned to YOU rather than a single machine. In this blog post we’ll discuss this new method as well as others that you can use while your company gets ready to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2018.


Going from Good to Better to Best Design with Simulation

September 29, 2017

Using a scaled version of a knuckle design, SOLIDWORKS Technical Manager Mike Sande demonstrates how to get the most out of your design to cut materials, reduce mass, increase confidence in the durability of your design and better understand the life cycle your product will endure. In just 15 minutes, he uses three iterations through Simulation to create a good design, a better design and the best design for this product. 

3D Scanning

How to Use Multiple Scanners in the Same Scanned File

September 28, 2017

Think of an object or scenario that you want to capture and render into a CAD software. Imagine the color, transparency, surface finish and size. Is it compatible to 3D scan? If so, what 3D scanning technology (or technologies) make the most sense to use?

In this blog, we explore how to choose and use multiple scanners in the same scanned file. Here's how:


Taking Full Advantage of SOLIDWORKS Templates

September 26, 2017

After installation, SOLIDWORKS prompts users to specify their drafting standard and unit systems. This is to create the three default template files for parts, assemblies and drawings to ensure consistency.

3D Printing, FDM Technology

Which Is Better: Round vs. Diamond Shaped Holes

September 21, 2017

Anyone who prints parts with multiple holes knows the headache that can come from designing and post-processing round shapes. In this blog, we are saying goodbye to traditional round shaped holes and exploring the benefits of 3D printing diamond shaped holes instead. 

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation

Plotting Hot Spots in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2017

September 20, 2017

We all want one thing from SOLIDWORKS Simulation — the truth! But sometimes the results can be misleading in areas of high stress. We often wonder is this high stress real? Or is it artificial or fake? There are ways to get to the bottom of this, but most approaches are tedious and require many subsequent runs of the simulation. Thanks to the new SOLIDWORKS 2017 Hot Spot Diagnostics tool, you can uncover the truth in your simulations and more easily identify stress singularities versus stress concentrations.