As we have seen in this blog series, additive manufacturing is becoming commonplace in many disciplines not typically thought of such as architecture and fine arts. Other disciplines, such as science, have benefited from using 3D printing to advance research and understanding by turning difficult concepts into tangible models. In this article of our series, we look at a few examples of this and specifically how 3D printing has been beneficial in Hunter College’s chemistry department.
Part numbers are used to identify and catalog different items. Intelligent part numbers are used to capture and display further descriptive characteristics of each unique item. Intelligent part numbers were developed at a time when storage databases were very expensive and not very prevalent. To recognize and understand the definition of a given part number, the number itself was defined using a descriptive meaning in each character or set of characters that make up the part number. Here is an example of an intelligent part number and its meaning.
March 6, 2020
Rigid flexible components are one of the most talked-about additions to SOLIDWORKS 2020. With this feature, you can visualize the movement of your design like never before. Things like springs, living hinges, cables and bellows come to life.
With the many improvements to GrabCAD Print over the last year, one of the most notable is the addition of Manufacturing Notes. This add-in allows the user to add notes to the faces of parts to be 3D printed. These notes can then be printed off on paper and follow the 3D printed part from initial printing through post-processing. High-volume 3D printing labs, universities and manufacturing may benefit the most from this feature, where multiple engineers and departments are utilizing their printers daily.
The cloud is very much a commodity these days. For years, we have been using the cloud to store files that are safe from local penetration (like fires, water damage, theft, etc.), take up less space (rather than piles and piles of paper) and are easier to find (using a simple search command rather than routing through a filing cabinet). However, it is important to understand that the cloud is so much more than just a glorified external hard drive. Now, project teams can immerse themselves in cloud-based tools and applications, not just for storage, but for creation. Just like the cloud offers many benefits over a traditional file storage process, the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® Platform by Dassault Systèmes offers a true start-to-finish design experience that anyone can leverage to be more efficient. You just need to know how to use the software to fit your role in the project.
In 2019, Stratasys announced that their J735/J750 and their J835/J850 PolyJet machines successfully passed the rigorous requirements needed to make them the world’s first and only PANTONE-validated 3D printers. This was a huge hit and manufacturers around the world were rejoicing. Last month, Stratasys launched the newest member of their J-series, the J826, which is also PANTONE-capable. This changes the game for 3D printing as design and prototype colors can now be matched with 100% specificity, making the process from concept to final product even more accurate.
February 28, 2020
Recently we have seen STL and mesh files make their way into mainstream modeling workflows. As a result, in every release for the past few years, SOLIDWORKS has been making it easier to work with imported mesh and graphical geometry. Now, with SOLIDWORKS 2020 it’s even better.
As a TriMech Application Engineer (AE), I have the unique opportunity to visit clients far and wide. Each of these visits is different, and they range from client seminars to a quick review of the products that our clients already have. This doesn’t just ensure our clients have the knowledge they need to use their hardware and software, but also gives them access to all the support and services we provide to help them make the most out of their investment. In this article, I review some of these services and how we help our current and new clients achieve their project and business goals in ways you might not expect.
February 25, 2020
February 24, 2020
Additive manufacturing is alive and well in the manufacturing disciplines, and as I mentioned in the first blog of this series, it’s also impacting the education sectors. In addition to architecture, additive manufacturing is used in other departments such as the Fine Arts. There are many disciplines that fall under the category of “Fine Arts,” but for the topic at hand we are going to discuss how digital scanning and 3D printing are revolutionizing the traditional means of sculpting and even fashion.
February 21, 2020
With the design cycle getting shorter each day, having a physical prototype in your hand is more important than ever. SOLIDWORKS 2020 makes it easier to go from design to prototype with the latest enhancements to 3D printing. From visualizing your model, preparing it to be printed and finding a vendor, SOLIDWORKS 2020 gives you some great tools to be able to fully adopt and implement 3D printing to your workflow. It’s all found in the file menu, by clicking File > Print3Ddirectly in the software.
SOLIDWORKS Electrical can generate various reports for a project. Reports in this case are sets of data that show information applied in the specific project. Some of the most common reports are bill of materials (BOMs), list of wires, list of cables and drawing list. Users may want to modify a report to present data in a different format to better meet their needs and to provide additional information. Knowing how to alter a report is very important because it can enable the user to read and understand data easily. In this blog article, I will show you some tips and tricks to modify reports inside SOLIDWORKS Electrical.