Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) is the additive manufacturing process of creating 3D shapes using composite layers of heated resin, which also contains non-metallic fibers. This process can result in 3D printed parts that are two times stronger than steel at one-fifth of the weight (which is excellent); however, the technology traditionally requires million-dollar AFP systems (which is not great). Desktop Metal has recently launched its new Fiber™ platform, which utilizes a technology they call “micro” automated fiber placement (μAFP), that radically reduces the structure and cost of the typical AFP process .
February 4, 2020
In this digital age, customers are more informed about the products they buy than ever before, resulting in the desire for a more memorable experience. Everything from the opening of the packaging, to where suppliers source their materials and even a sustainable disposal plan, are now factors that impact consumer decisions. Consumers not only want to be sold to, but they want to influence their manufacturers to help shape their own experience.
January 31, 2020
Mixed mesh quality could be the most impactful addition to the Simulation toolset in many years. It enables you to specify areas of your model where you need accuracy and areas where you can save time. In other words, you can have accuracy and time savings all in one simulation. This is possible because you can use both high-quality and draft-quality elements in the same model. This is a game changer for simulation, you no longer have to decide between what you want to draft or high-quality elements because you can have both.
January 28, 2020
PolyJet technology uses resins that are dispensed onto a build tray in very small droplets and cured between passes with ultraviolet light in order to create a 3D shape or shapes. PolyJet 3D printers use this process to create parts with a high level of detail and realism because they can print in multiple materials/colors at once and at a higher resolution than other print technology like Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). Stratasys PolyJet machines can blend anywhere from two to six resins in order to obtain features like soft touch points and full range of color in a single printed part. This makes the technology very attractive for multiple industries when needing to create realistic prototypes and tactile end-use-parts. In this blog article, we highlight some of the most common blends of these composite or "digital" materials and how they are made.
Have you ever wanted to change several design parameters with one action? Linking dimensions in SOLIDWORKS reduces design time by allowing variable change simultaneously. This means that if you change one dimension, any other dimensions that are synchronized will be changed as well. There are two ways to go about this: Link Values and Global Variables.
For thirty years, Stratasys has been the world's leading 3D printing company, empowering global business to innovate in their designs and manufacturing processes. In 2019, Stratasys launched new products and materials that continue to make an impact across different industries. This past week, TriMech employees attended Impact 2020, the event that Stratasys organizes for all partners. Here's a look at what we can actually reveal!
January 24, 2020
The structure system tool was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2019. It was one of our favorite enhancements last year, because it enabled users to create weldments by using easy geometry like planes and axes, without the hassle of a 3D sketch. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2020, it got some added features that make it an extremely useful tool for anyone designing weldment structures.
January 21, 2020
What if you, your team and your clients had instant access to all aspects of your product in a single location? How about having an environment where everyone could be included in brainstorming sessions, provide and receive constructive criticism, effectively manage people and resources and create and validate innovative products? What if you could offer more than just a conference call and a SharePoint site so that no one was ever left out, whether they’re at their desk or in the field? Enabling internal and external users to come together in real-time for the product’s entire life cycle is probably the most significant step in resolving breaks in communication and this is possible by leveraging cloud technology.
January 20, 2020
“This is how we’ve always done it.”
Your current process might have helped define your success years ago, but is it honestly still relevant in today’s global and more technology-empowered competitive landscape? How much time and effort could you save by taking a fresh look at something as simple as communication between your product development teams? A lot, as it turns out!
January 17, 2020
It has been described as the holy grail of spline continuity. Maybe that’s an overstatement, but many designers have been waiting a very long time for the ability to add G3 continuity to line segments. Now with SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can create accurate Class-A surfaces with the G3 connection. A G3 connection describes the intersection of two curves. The G3 relation at this point forms the smoothest transition between the line segments; it’s a must-have for anyone creating class-A surfaces..
January 14, 2020
3D printing is becoming the norm in terms of prototyping for the manufacturing industry. The ability to create functional designs and even manufacture parts in a fraction of the time it would take by using traditional methods is astounding. It isn’t just the manufacturing sector that is reaping these rewards.
The education sectors are also seeing the benefits. These benefits spread across many different departments, but in this blog article, we look at how architecture departments in different schools are benefiting from 3D printing.
FeatureWorks is a SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional and Premium add-on that allows engineers and designers to directly interact with and edit imported part data in a SOLIDWORKS part file. Imported models, or “dumb solids”, become useable parts within the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD environment.