DriveWorks

    What's New in DriveWorks 17

    June 13, 2019

    DriveWorks is a powerful design automation and configurator software that gives companies a competitive advantage when offering customized products. Engineering departments can save significant time on repetitive tasks and sales teams can generate more sales by delivering quotes even faster.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, FDM Technology, Automotive

    Customizing a Thunder Roadster: Prototyping

    June 11, 2019

    In our previous blog post, we walked through the process of setting up an airflow study over the front of the Thunder Roadster. We used SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to set up a computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis to verify that incoming air is adhering to the surface of the car and entering the hood scoop at racing speeds. With the results verified, the next step is to design new inlet components to route as much of that air to the engine as possible to improve performance.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication, CAM, MBD, CAMWorks

    Shop Collaboration and Communication in the Modern Age

    June 10, 2019

    Manufacturing technology seems to catch on much slower than other technological leaps; it’s 2019 and I still train students every month coming from 2D drafting into the 3D world! Is this because of the companies, the designers, the machinists or none of these? There is a huge difference in how a job shop, or even a large-scale production facility, work versus how we think. We’re going to take a look at this much too common disconnect and what options are out there to improve shop communication and efficiency.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Technical Communication, Applications, CAM, MBD, CAMWorks

    Concept to Completion with SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Tools

    June 7, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS is not just a CAD application. The integrated add-ins and supporting applications make it a complete engineering solution. I recently took advantage of these tools to complete a project that has been at the back of my mind for some time. It was a great opportunity to show how to use the SOLIDWORKS integrated platform from design all the way through the manufacturing and post-manufacturing process.  

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Scanning, Automotive

    Customizing a Thunder Roadster: Airflow Simulation

    June 6, 2019

    In our previous blog post, we walked through the process of gathering usable data by 3D scanning the entire outside of Ryan's car. TriMech's Project Engineering Group helped us convert the scanned data into a usable SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model of the Thunder Roadster. With this model, we'll be able to make, evaluate, verify and even modify the vehicle for ultimate performance!

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    Top 3 New Integrations for DraftSight 2019

    June 5, 2019

    The main appeal of DraftSight is that it allows users to create, edit, view and mark up any kind of DWG file with a familiar user interface, so transitions to and from a user’s CAD application are quicker. That integration between the 2D and 3D environment is key to what makes DraftSight such a great tool. Since it is part of the Dassault Systèmes family, it can seamlessly integrate with other products like SOLIDWORKS, GEOVIA, DELMIA and many others. With the release of DraftSight 2019, they have added even more integrations to the list, and these are our favorites:

    Q&A with TriMech

    Q&A Techline Todd: Featuring TriMech Tech Support

    June 3, 2019

    Our Q&A blog series looks at different members of our team and their perspective on the most current 3D printing and CAD technology. This month’s Q&A features Techline Todd and Customer Support

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing

    RAPID + TCT 2019 Recap

    May 30, 2019

    RAPID+TCT was last week in Detroit and there were a lot of manufacturers, large and small, showcasing their advancements in the additive world. RAPID is one of the largest additive manufacturing conferences in the US and has been running for the last 30 years. At this show, many manufacturers announce their new technologies, so it’s usually an exciting show. This was my first RAPID and I was excited to see what all the big manufacturers were showing off as well as to see some of the more emerging technologies like bioprinting. Below are some of my highlights from the show.

    3D Printing, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    Why Choose FDM for Production Parts

    May 28, 2019

    Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology that uses production-grade thermoplastics to create prototypes, end-use products, replacement parts and much more. These thermoplastic materials are strong and resistant to high temperatures. If your parts will be tested through an arduous process, FDM may be the best choice. There are several ways in which FDM can help improve the flow of product development in different parts of the process.

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

    Product Story: Milwaukee School of Engineering Students Test New Elastomer Material

    May 27, 2019

    This week's Product Story showcases Milwaukee School of Engineering and their use of Stratasys F123 series printers and Stratasys materials.

    Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) offers an innovative partnership between business and education in its Additive Manufacturing Lab. Students have the opportunity to work with businesses as they address unique challenges that arise when developing new products. The engineering students partner with Additive Lab consortium members to find a solution for these challenges.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology, Applications, Industry News, 3D Printing Materials, Automotive

    Using 3D Printing in Motorsports for the Checkered Flag

    May 24, 2019

    TriMech’s solution partner, Stratasys, has recently signed an agreement with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Don Schumacher Racing. This agreement allows the automotive teams to leverage the Fortus and F123 series of 3D printers as part of their additive manufacturing process to stay ahead of the competition by accelerating component prototyping, proof-of-concept and finished ultralight usable components

    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.