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    PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Three Ways to Add Threads to a 3D Printed Part

    December 17, 2021

    The idea for this tip came to me as I was working on my remote-control (RC) Ornithopter design. The goal is to securely fasten the flap mechanism for flight and at the same time, a way for me to disassemble when needed. There are a few methods I can use to add threads to this 3D printed part, and in this article, I will add threads using the best method for this application. Glue is an excellent lightweight and strong option, however, I wanted to be able to disassemble my bird. So glue won’t cut it. I needed a better solution. For me, that means incorporating set screws and threads into my design. Let’s look at three methods typically used to add threads to 3D parts and why I chose one method over the others.

    FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Making an Automotive Wind Splitter Start-to-Finish with 3D Engineering

    November 5, 2021

    In my last video, I added a wind splitter to the front bumper of my Toyota MR2 using 3D printed mounting brackets that I created in SOLIDWORKS using traditional solid-body techniques. It worked but it didn’t achieve the look that I was looking for. For this video, I want to bring it to the next level and build a new wind splitter, complete with mounting holes, using 3D scanning, SOLIDWORKS surfacing and 3D printing.

    Now, I’m a machine design person at the core, so creating a model with SOLIDWORKS surfacing would be a new challenge for me, but I knew I could make a better wind splitter using surfacing techniques. So, I got my hands on the SOLIDWORKS surfacing manual and picked up some techniques that I found useful when I was building this model. Let’s look at the steps I took to build a new version of my wind splitter.

    PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    New Automotive Mounting Brackets in Less Than a Day

    August 20, 2021

    The goal for this project was to create a set of 3D printed mounting brackets that I wanted to bolt to the factory mounting locations at the front valance of my Toyota MR2. The original lower front spoiler on the car was cracked and in very poor shape. To replace this part would be costly and time-consuming, and because of that, I figured why not try and create my own? Let's take a look at the steps I took to create a prototype wind spitter using 3D scanning, SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing.

    3D Printing, 3D Scanning

    Using 3D Scanning in the Fashion Industry

    June 1, 2021

    There is no doubt that wearing a quality fitted piece of clothing that you love can boost your confidence. In the exponentially growing world of online shopping, size and fit are among the top reasons customers return orders. Today, we find ourselves embracing 3D technology more than ever before, and surprisingly, this technology is poised to be the best defense against ill-fitting clothing. Many internationally renowned brands and designers are implementing 3D scanning as an essential tool to create custom-fitted pieces that will boost not only comfort but confidence when you wear them. 

    3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Education

    Using 3D Scanning in the Manufacturing Industry

    April 6, 2021

    3D Scanning has been around for quite some time now and has evolved to have a place in a multitude of applications, especially for manufacturing. Whether the need is to reverse engineer a long out-of-production part, or to perform quality inspections on parts and equipment, 3D scanning is up to the task. Let us look at a few of instances where Artec 3D solutions are making it possible to get much needed data that would be hard to get any other way.

    3D Scanning, Automotive

    Using 3D Scanning in the Automotive Industry

    March 2, 2021

    3D scanning has become a large component of business with tremendous benefits for a multitude of sectors, but its roots lie in manufacturing. Efficiently creating accurate new designs to meet demands carries its own set of hurdles, but there are often other projects that also require precise solutions. Some of the demands that modern automotive manufacturing companies may face include redesigning a part to fit in a particular location, or documenting legacy parts for continued production support. Let’s look at how Artec uses their 3D scanners to provide solutions for these challenges.

    3D Scanning, Aerospace Industry

    Using 3D Scanning in Space Travel

    February 10, 2021

    NASA has renewed determination to send humans further into space than we could have dreamed. They have developed advanced programs like the Orion capsule and the Space Launch System, but whatever the program the one key step in preparing astronauts for the journey is successful training. 

    NASA needed a way to scale down the cost and timing of traditional training while still maintaining its strict quality standards, especially when it involves the exploration of Mars. Mars is a long way away and missions are expected to last months, possibly years. NASA engineers recognized the advantages of immersive environment technology and began using it to create realistic training experiences while running a diverse range of simulations.

    3D Scanning, Medical

    Using 3D Scanning for Children's Healthcare

    November 10, 2020

    3D scanning is becoming more and more vital in the world today. The ability to create an exact one-to-one replica of the object being scanned has uses well beyond the commonly thought of engineering departments. Healthcare has been utilizing scanners to great effect! In this article, we show examples of how healthcare professionals are utilizing this technology including creating custom 3D printed helmets for children with brain-related neurological conditions and even reconstructing body parts for patients with physical deformities.

    3D Scanning

    Using 3D Scanning for Heritage Preservation

    October 16, 2020

    3D scanning and 3D printing are impacting the world of historical preservation. Whether it is scanning a city center or documenting the details of an extinct civilization, 3D scanning is making the ancient world accessible in ways we never before imagined. This is relevant now more than ever to researchers, as the artifacts they typically must examine are quite old, and in many cases extremely fragile. Thanks to 3D scanning these objects and many more can be accurately documented with no risk to the original artifact.