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

How Do I Print Wood?

April 9, 2019

The ultimate goal of 3D printing prototype models is to create a part as close to the final product or part as possible. Ideally, you would be able to test the part for functionality and/or appearance to determine if your design is the correct one. That said, most of the time designers create their prototypes with overall part dimensions in mind and ignore the final physical surface textures and aesthetics because they are either too difficult to design or dismissed as just a “nice-to-have” but non-essential feature for this early phase of the project cycle. But what if you could include that level of detail?

Now, with the new software tools in SOLIDWORKS 2019 update and Adobe Photoshop CC, along with the new Agilus30 White material on the Stratasys J750, it’s easy to create these textures in full color that mimic what your final production material will be.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM & Toolbox: How To Set Up For a Multi-User Environment

April 8, 2019

Enterprise Data Management solutions are used for keeping your design data files organized and under control. Organizing your data in a vault, or central archive, is ideal for automating workflows, finding files and ensuring manufacturing teams have the latest file versions. If you’re a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard or SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional user, there are ways to optimize the performance by using the benefits of the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Stratasys

Best Practices When Designing Plastic Parts

April 5, 2019

3D printing is currently leading the pack on the prototyping side of things. It’s fast, affordable and extremely easy to design parts. 3D printers use two main technologies, PolyJet and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), each with its own set of considerations. There are several methods for creating plastic parts – at both the prototyping and production level as well as some best design practices for better parts result.

3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

Product Launch: New Stratasys F120 3D Printer

April 2, 2019

Stratasys announces the newest member to their growing F123 family: the Stratasys F120 bench-top FDM 3D printer. This latest addition makes the industrial 3D printing technologies of the most reliable printer series in the industry even more accessible to designing and engineering teams. The printer will be available at a significantly lower entry cost, all while keeping the build size the same and increasing material volume.

DriveWorks

DriveWorks CPQ: Taking the Customer Experience to the Next Level

April 1, 2019

Online customization tools are becoming increasingly popular and they’re used by many companies as a way to cost-effectively offer customized products. This type of buying and quoting process is often referred to as CPQ or Configure, Price and Quote. Traditional CPQ software is designed to help companies produce accurate quotes in real-time which include all the complex pricing and product information. When a sales team uses a CPQ solution, like DriveWorks, they will have everything they need to produce accurate quotes quickly and efficiently. 

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Better BOMs

March 29, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 is full of countless enhancements for parts, assemblies and drawings. One of the biggest enhancements to drawings in this release was an improvement to Bills of Materials (BOMs). BOMs have grown to ubiquity over the years as they are used by almost every designer for nearly every single assembly. 

3D Scanning

Unboxing the Artec Leo

March 28, 2019

Anticipated since 2017, the Artec Leo is a revolutionary new 3D scanner. There are many improvements over Artec’s previous offerings, but the most obvious is the Leo’s ability to collect data cordlessly. Other 3D scanners need wires to connect to a power supply and a computer. The Leo can operate independently.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Stratasys

5 Basic Steps for Making a Functional Prototype

March 26, 2019

3D printing a functional prototype is one of the most critical steps in the development of any product or solution. It allows for testing, hands-on fit and finish testing and the ability to make design iterations on the fly before the final product is made. It allows for problems and defects to be found quickly, saving you both time and money. Plus, prototyping can be done in 5 easy steps.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Top 5 Apps Included in 3DEXPERIENCE

March 25, 2019

At its core, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a collection of cloud-based software applications for 3D design, analysis, simulation and communication. It allows team members to be in the same environment looking at the same data and the same files in order to make changes and comments in real time. Just like with a smart phone, there are different applications available for the platform to customize the experience for your specific project needs. And since the platform is cloud-based, all of what we are about to talk about is accessible through a web browser, not a dedicated computer.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Geodesic Entities

March 22, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 comes with dozens of features that expand on the robust toolset we have been using for decades. We're eager to share with you the newly expanded capabilities of the Offset on Surface tool which now includes Geodesic Entities. Through the offset on the surface command, you can now add an offset that is defined as either a geodesic offset or a Euclidean offset.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Designing and Printing With xDesign: Part Two

March 19, 2019

In our previous blog, we discussed my need to design a case for my Raspberry Pi, and why I chose SOLIDWORKS xDesign to do it. In part two of this series, I will look at one of the options for creating my design: FDM 3D printing. The entire process from start to finish was easier than you may think. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Designing and Printing With xDesign: Part One

March 18, 2019

SOLIDWORKS xDesign is a cloud-based application that is part of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. One of the most convenient and coolest features is the ability to model from any place with an internet connection. I recently needed to design and create a case for my new Raspberry Pi circuit board and decided to use xDesign to do it, which saved me a lot of time and effort.