PLM, SOLIDWORKS

Migrating from Vault (Autodesk PLM) to SOLIDWORKS

December 28, 2018

TriMech has developed a 12-phased approach to migrating data from one system to another. Typically, with PLM to PDM, we start off with a detailed analysis of the database. Then, we move on to the definition of what you are looking to do with your data. The complexity comes with all the features of a PLM system that a PDM system inherently does not have. Items, for instance, are records in the systems that may have a file, many files or no file associated with it. These have to be converted to a file-based system.  There are several other types of PLM features that will need to be addressed.

3D CAD, 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

The Story of the TriMech 2018 Holiday Ornament

December 26, 2018

Magic is in the air this holiday season at TriMech with all of the new toys we’ve been getting here in our print lab lately. Since we’ve been given the gift of an incredible new Stratasys J750, I decided that it would be great to get into the holiday spirit and create a miniature winter scene to share with some of my clients and co-workers that don’t get to experience all of the charm and joy that snow brings this time of year.

Visualize Features and Tips, SOLIDWORKS

Combining Visualize Projects for the Perfect Holiday Scene

December 25, 2018

It’s the holiday season and many of us are getting into the spirit by decorating our homes and escaping the cold. In this blog, I’ll be using a clever method of combining projects in SOLIDWORKS Visualize to quickly transform an empty living room into a warm and cozy winter escape that we’ll bring to life with a rendering.

MakerBot

MakerBot Announces the New MakerBot Method

December 21, 2018

Makerbot has announced an all new printer and printer platform; the MakerBot Method. A “performance” printer which bridges the gap between smaller desktop 3D printing units and industrial printing systems by bringing industrial features to a professional printing platform at a significantly lower cost.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM

Migrating from Vault (Autodesk PDM) to SOLIDWORKS

December 21, 2018

TriMech has developed a 12-phased approach to migrating data from one system to another. Typically, with PDM to PDM, we start off with a detailed analysis of the database. Then, we move on to the definition of what you are looking to do with your data. The complexity comes with mapping one utility version of features to PDM’s version of features.

Simulation, solidThinking

What You Can Do With Altair Inspire Cast

December 20, 2018

Companies are always looking for new ways to increase their pace, getting their product to the market faster, without wasting precious resources all while keeping the high-quality customer expectations. With the help of Altair Inspire Cast, you and your company can make smarter, more informed decisions in the manufacturing process, saving you both time and money.

Desktop Metal

New Desktop Metal Machine Up and Running in Connecticut!

December 18, 2018

We are excited to announce that TriMech's impressive repertoire of in-house 3D printing and additive manufacturing capabilities continues to expand with the successful installation of a Desktop Metal Studio System in our Middletown, CT print shop! Having installed one of the first beta units in this location back in March, we could not wait until we had this production-unit installed to start fully leveraging all that the machine can do. This system will make metal 3D printing more accessible than ever before.

3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, FDM Technology

Comparing Antero 800NA and Ultem 1010

December 18, 2018

When it comes to selecting a high-strength material, Stratasys offers many different materials to choose from depending on your specific requirements. One of the strongest available materials is ULTEM 1010, a high-performance industrial-grade thermoplastic noted for its high strength, stiffness, and broad chemical resistance. With the recent addition of the Antero 800NA material, you may be wondering which material is right for your specific application. In this post we’re going to discuss some of the key differences between ULTEM 1010 and Antero 800NA and take a closer look at this new material.

3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS

Topology Optimization for 3D Printing

December 17, 2018

The traditional design cycle creates product geometry before validating and optimizing a 3D CAD model against any requirements. After a meticulous process of sketch, analysis and prototype generation, the design may still be far from optimal due to constraints or market demands to reduce product development time. The current trend for high-quality, lightweight products with improved performance and user experience requires an optimized concept design at the very beginning of the product development cycle.

Tulip, Automotive, Aerospace Industry, 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS

The Latest Design Tech From the Aerospace and Automotive Sectors

December 14, 2018

Coming from working in the automotive industry, it is easy for me to see the benefits of the yearly new features and updates the SOLIDWORKS portfolio has to offer. But the automotive industry isn't the only industry that has benefits, such as aerospace. This industry breaks new ground on revolutionary technology, as engineers and designers need a tool that will supplement creative freedom, not curtail it. Both industries have seen major benefits of utilizing a central design platform in the last 30 years, one that allows for design, documentation, validation and production.

PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials, 3D Printing

Printing Colors: PolyJet

December 13, 2018

3D printing in color has been around longer than you think. Do you need a prototype printed in yellow ABS? No problem, load a yellow spool of filament in your 3D printer and voilà! You have yourself a yellow part. How about blue? We have you covered, just toss some blue photopolymer in your SLA vat and BAM! A blue part can be printed. How about a part with multiple colors? No problem. Break out the trusty sandpaper and good old-fashion elbow grease, maybe some primer, then either spray or hand paint your model until your heart is content.

Oh… you were hoping to have full color printed parts straight off the printer? Why didn’t you say so? Let me introduce you to Stratasys PolyJet technology.

3D Printing Materials, 3D Printing, FDM Technology

Printing Color: FDM Thermoplastics

December 11, 2018

FDM parts are probably the most popular type of 3D printed parts. The FDM (fused deposition modeling) process is “melting” a solid thermoplastic filament, like a hot glue gun. If you plan on testing your parts in a strenuous process, FDM may be the best choice. These materials specialize in high tensile strength and resistance to high temperatures.

Color for FDM parts are available in a relatively wide range of colors in the most common materials like ABS and ASA. And if you can't get the exact color directly from the filament you're using, there are a variety of other methods you can use.