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    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Engineering Services

    How to Leverage Industry 4.0: Internet of Things

    November 8, 2021

    This is not going to be an article that explains the traditional “Internet of Things” and gives examples of how just about anything and everything made these days is potentially connected to other devices and systems over the internet. We’re going to assume you’re familiar with the addition of sensors, software and technology to physical objects (the “things” in IoT) to facilitate the seamless communication of data. It’s essentially already ubiquitous at this point, right? Everything from household appliances to baby monitors and even things like deodorant is connected to the cloud. We're going to talk about why that matters.

    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.

    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    Managing Local Files in SOLIDWORKS PDM

    November 3, 2021

    When working within a PDM system, it’s important to understand what a local file is and why it should be utilized rather than working strictly over a network. Many SOLIDWORKS and CAD users need a powerful data management system to organize their files to implement different workflows, maintain quality and have maximum efficiency when modeling. Rather than deal with any of these tasks manually, SOLIDWORKS PDM allows multiple users to work on a data set without stepping on each other’s toes, and it does so by being a network-based program.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    What You Need to Know About Photobleaching

    November 2, 2021

    Creating optically clear parts via traditional manufacturing methods is often either cost-prohibitive, geometrically limiting, or outright impossible. Additive Manufacturing has allowed for a new way of thinking about prototyping and part production through its material versatility, and one of the more popular families of materials is the optically clear and translucent variety. However, there are instances where something that is meant to be optically clear comes off the machine with an unwanted tint or coloration. Why is that and what do you need to do to make it truly optically clear?

    SOLIDWORKS

    Top 3 Ways to Get SOLIDWORKS Online

    November 1, 2021

    Now more than ever before, our customers are looking for flexible ways to access SOLIDWORKS online. It is not uncommon for a SOLIDWORKS user to have two or more workstations, and being able to work from different locations or on the go is key to maintaining productivity.

    Depending on what type of SOLIDWORKS license you currently own, you have different options for accessing SOLIDWORKS online. In this article, we will discuss options for network and standalone SOLIDWORKS licenses, as well as the SOLIDWORKS Connected product through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. If you’re looking into purchasing SOLIDWORKS for the first time, you will want to consider these differences when deciding what type of license is best for you.

    3D Printing, Medical, FDM Technology

    3D Printing Helmets for Babies Needing Cranial Orthosis

    October 27, 2021

    In the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Javelin, a TriMech company, the Professional Services team uses their expertise and equipment to 3D print custom corrective helmets to treat babies with abnormal head shapes.

    It’s typical for a newborn to have an abnormal head shape caused by the birth process. If significant flat spots or abnormal shaping are still present after a few months, intervention might be prescribed.

    One treatment is cranial remolding (or cranial orthosis) with corrective helmet therapy. Each helmet is custom-made, based on a digital scan of the child’s head. The helmet works with the natural growth of the infant and the void space inside redirects head growth. The treatment is used to correct cosmetic deformity, realign facial asymmetry, and (in rare cases) prevent vision and hearing concerns. Another consideration is making sure sports helmets fit later in life.

    Stratasys, PolyJet Technology

    3D Printing PolyJet Spiders for Halloween!

    October 26, 2021

    Double, Double, Toil and Trouble! This year for Halloween the TriMech RP Services team is brewing up some cute little flexible spiders to decorate the office and you can join along and print some of your own using our multiple material recipe! You may not have a need for spiders, but you probably can think of some applications where combining rigid and flexible materials would come in handy.  

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Engineering Services

    How to Leverage Industry 4.0: Additive Manufacturing

    October 25, 2021

    Over the last 10-15 years, perhaps no other emerging technology has gotten as much buzz as additive manufacturing (AM). Its initial, over-simplified, name is 3D printing and is known and understood at some level by people as early as grade school. Its rapid maturity (no pun intended), however, has placed it firmly at the leading edge of Industry 4.0 and is an important consideration for any business. In this article, we’ll forgo the usual explanations of the different technologies and how they work. We have a wealth of existing content to cover that, and it’s easily accessible through our past blogs, videos, and webinars. Instead, we will share exactly why you should consider this technology. 

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

    Using Build Volume to Its Fullest Potential

    October 20, 2021

    This week's Product Story showcases Daikin and how they utilize the Stratasys F770 3D printer as the solution to two challenges.

    Daiken is considered an innovator and world-leading provider of customizable heating and air conditioning systems for residential, commercial and industrial properties. They are familiar with the use of additive manufacturing technology and knew this was where they would find the solution to both of their challenges.