FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: ABS

May 23, 2019

ABS is the most widely used polymer for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing. Take a walk down any aisle in a store and you are bound to see ABS in items that contain plastic. Consumer goods and automotive are the first industries that come to mind. Although, many industries have taken advantage of the unique combination of UV resistance, vivid colors and glossy finish that set this material apart. 

3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, GrabCAD Print

How Do I Print Stone?

May 21, 2019

In our last article, “How Do I Print Wood", we learned how to 3D print a texture in full-color using the Agilus30 White material on the Stratasys J750. We discussed how to use new SOLIDWORKS 2019 features to create physical 3D displacement models using a 2D bump mapping pattern and then apply the color texture to the model in Adobe Photoshop CC.

In this article, I’m going to show you another method to accomplish nearly the same end product, this time using a stone texture and only Adobe Photoshop CC. What’s more, we’ll go into how 3D displacement using bump maps in Photoshop works, showing you a quick and easy method to manually alter those bump maps to make smoother or coarser physical textures.

PCB Design, TriMech News, Nano Dimension

World's First Complete 3D Printed IoT Communications Device

May 20, 2019

TriMech’s solution partner, Nano Dimension, has recently created the world's first fully functional 3D printed Internet of Things (IoT) communications device. They were able to 3D print, assemble and test the device 90% faster than traditional manufacturing using their proprietary additive manufacturing process. This milestone brings with it exciting new possibilities for how we design and create  the next generation of smart devices. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Scanning, Automotive

Customizing a Thunder Roadster: Scanning

May 17, 2019

In our previous blog post, “Customizing a Thunder Roadster: Introduction”, you might’ve caught Ryan’s car being scanned using the Artec Eva 3D scanner. Artec manufactures structured light scanners, which are the perfect choice for making a textured and accurate 3D model. 3D scanning is being used more in many industries for reverse engineering and product customization due to the precise results and lowered technology costs. By capturing technological details and data from an object, it is possible to then recreate or improve upon it. In part two of this series, we’ll take a look at how Ryan’s Thunder Roadster was scanned.

DriveWorks

DriveWorks World 2019 Recap

May 16, 2019

The DriveWorks software is used for Design Automation and Sales Configuration by companies large and small. Whether you are an engineer that needs design automation to automate your SOLIDWORKS models, or a company wanting to provide a Product Configurator and Guided Selling for your sales teams, distributors and even customers, DriveWorks software is the ultimate choice for SOLIDWORKS.

3D Scanning

Product Launch: New Artec Micro Desktop Scanner

May 14, 2019

Artec 3D announces the newest member to their growing line of 3D scanners: the Artec Micro. A first for Artec, this metrology-grade desktop 3D scanner is fully automated and moves the part while the scanning cameras remain stationary. The mechanically controlled synchronization between the cameras and the dual-axis aperture is a key part of what allows for the incredible scan accuracy of up to 10 microns. How small is that? Ten microns about a tenth the size of a single grain of salt, and four times smaller than what is visible with the human eye.

SOLIDWORKS, PDM, TriMech Services

Tips for Data Self-Migration

May 13, 2019

Migrating CAD data can be a daunting task. There are so many things that could be lost, forgotten or looked over. With all of the variables surrounding the transition, it can be overwhelming to define the top items to tackle with data self-migration. Lets uncover some of the top tips and pain points that will occur in the transition.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD, 3D Scanning, Flow Simulation, Automotive

Customizing a Thunder Roadster: Introduction

May 10, 2019

At TriMech, our engineers are always excited about the technologies that we offer our clients. From the latest in CAD changes to the newest advancements in additive manufacturing, our goal is to have the best technical staff available. One of the ways that we encourage their advancement is by embracing the use of technologies for personal experiences and professional development.

During this multi-part video series, we are going to highlight one of our Senior Application Engineers, Ryan Zeck. Ryan has been racing since before he was nine years old and has always had a passion for going fast! So for this project we’ve given Ryan access to TriMech’s entire product portfolio to see how we can make his car go even faster. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Major Changes in DraftSight 2019

May 8, 2019

Since its first launch in 2010, DraftSight has been designed to help users create/edit DWG files with powerful CAD tools and functionality. This latest release incorporates survey feedback from millions of DraftSight users and adds the most asked-for capabilities and greater functionality. It also shuffles the deck with regards to the old product portfolio and reallocates both old and new features across a new streamlined suite of products. In this blog, we’re going to take a top-level look at these changes and the new normal for the DraftSight product line.

3D Printing, FDM Technology

SLS vs. FDM [Technology Review]

May 7, 2019

Choosing the right  3D printer for your prototypes or parts requires an understanding of the pros and cons of the different technologies available. Some 3D printers use technologies such as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), a layer by layer technology using multiple filaments to create a structure, while others use Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), a laser powered technology that uses a single filament material to create sturdy structures. Both FDM and SLS could create a strong structure, but it is important to understand how each technology can impact your 3D printing process.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS on a Tablet or Smartphone [UPDATED]

May 6, 2019

In late 2015, we witnessed an inflection point in the way the world works. This happened when mobile web traffic surpassed desktop traffic for the very first time. Since then, this trend has only accelerated as more things are done on a mobile device from web browsing, photography and even engineering. We are seeing more CAD tasks being done on mobile devices.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Client Stories

Product Story: SOLIDWORKS Helps ADMET Push the Limits of Simulated Material Testing

May 2, 2019

This week's Product Story showcases ADMET and their use of SOLIDWORKS and SIMULIA Structural Simulation Engineer (SSE).

Over the past 25 years, ADMET has helped businesses around the world, across a wide spectrum of industries, solve their materials testing challenges.