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    3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Post-Processing

    Surface Finishing Using TAF Technology

    April 28, 2020

    Surface finishing is the final step in producing a part to ensure it looks as close as possible to the intended design. There are multiple ways to finish a part and most require extensive manual labor and harsh chemicals to acquire that perfect finish. Thermal Atomized Fusillade (TAF) is an alternative to this manual process with hands-free, fully automated surface finishing by controlling heat, detergents, compressed air and suspended solids. Let's take a look at this option for surface removal.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D Printing, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    Editing STL Mesh Files in SOLIDWORKS

    April 27, 2020

    Have you ever needed to make a modification to an STL file but didn’t have the ability to directly edit the mesh? Using SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can now directly add or remove features just as you would on a solid body model. In this article, we go over how to remove the slot feature from a bracket model and re-export the file as a mesh STL.

    Engineering Services

    How to Supplement Your Engineering Team

    April 24, 2020

    Lee Iacocca’s words are truer now than ever before. As designers and engineers our options are to “…lead, follow, or get out of the way.” Across different industries, engineering teams find the resources to innovate at high speed and high quality. So, what do you do when the project at hand exceeds your team’s capacity or expertise or when a new project comes in that takes priority? Company projects can change quickly and sometimes engineers and designers are at full capacity and struggle to manage different projects at the same time. We have a solution for you during times like these. Whether you need to re-engineer a complicated legacy part that never had a CAD model or make sure your components are meeting industry safety standards, TriMech has come up with a specialized solution to help.

    SOLIDWORKS, Electrical Design

    How to Backup and Save Data in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

    April 23, 2020

    Having backups or duplicate copies of files is crucial to any workflow. We cannot predict everything that will happen on a machine, but we can attempt to prepare for everything that will happen. SOLIDWORKS Electrical is managed by SQL, so we cannot just copy and paste files to a backup location. Instead (and luckily), SOLIDWORKS Electrical comes equipped with a backup process that saves all pertinent information (libraries, projects, etc.) to a single file. This can make life much easier for you should anything happen to your hardware.

    3D Printing, GrabCAD Print, Video Tech Tips for 3D Printing

    GrabCAD Print Remote Monitoring

    April 22, 2020

    Monitoring your print jobs remotely has gotten easier than ever before with GrabCAD Print. There are some amazing features within the software that can help you plan and check your projects from wherever you are. In this article, we go over some of those features that will help you easily monitor your GrabCAD 3D printing projects remotely.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Flow Simulation

    Top 5 Reasons Why Simulation Analyst is a Needed Skill

    April 20, 2020

    Our world is a highly nonlinear and dynamic 3D domain. To develop products that are of high quality and robust to survive the real-world conditions, it is important to test the product’s behavior and performance prior to manufacturing. Simultaneously, there is the need to accelerate product innovation and cut down the time to market. This is where simulation technology for virtual testing can help you remain ahead of your competition.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Flow Simulation

    Understanding How To Build a Better Face Mask for COVID-19

    April 17, 2020

    Like a lot of people right now, I’ve been working from home and wearing home-made face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19 whenever I go out on essential errands. I thought it would be interesting to use a tool like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to see the difference these kinds of masks can make. Contrary to what you may think, it is surprisingly easy to set up these types of simulations. I hope this article will help remove some of that intimidation and encourage you to experiment as well.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Training

    Training Courses You Can Only Get From TriMech

    April 16, 2020

    Over the years, TriMech has developed many exclusive courses designed to meet the needs of our clients. Some of these courses extend well beyond CAD training and give our clients the tools they need to be more competitive, efficient and capable engineers. These courses, just like all our other training courses, can be taught in person or with a live in-person instructor via TriMech’s digital training platform. Here are just a few of exclusive courses that TriMech is currently delivering.

    SOLIDWORKS, PDM

    A Complete Guide to Working Remotely With SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

    April 14, 2020

    Many companies have employees that work remotely either permanently or for a specific period. If you work with SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional at your office, you are connected to the local server, which hosts your files and lets you share information with your company. But did you know you can use PDM to stay connected to your data from anywhere and at different levels of usage, from project work, review/approve to view/print/search? You might have some questions such as: “What are my options?”, "How do I stay current with versions and revisions?” or “What happens when I go back into the office?” In this article, we’ll review the available options and will look at the pros and cons of each method.

    3D CAD, 3D Scanning

    How To Bridge 3D Scanning With 3D CAD

    April 13, 2020

    Did you know that 3D scanning has been around since Egyptian times? Okay, maybe not so much in the way we think of 3D scanning today, but they developed the early concepts of reverse engineering by creating 3D plaster-cast replicas. Fast forward to today’s scanners, which use laser and structured light technology that can capture highly accurate scans that range from very small, intricate objects to much larger objects in a fraction of the time! It’s easy to appreciate how far this technology has come over the years and the many different industries that 3D scanning is helping revolutionize. In this article, we’re going to cover some of the ways you can get your 3D scanning data into a 3D CAD environment where you can interact, manipulate and make the most of it.

    3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Education

    Surprising Ways an Archaeology or Anthropology Department can Use 3D Printing

    April 10, 2020

    Throughout previous articles in our series, we’ve discussed how 3D printing is beneficial for different education departments such as architecture, fine arts and chemistry. To continue this series, we want to review how 3D printing, along with 3D scanning, is also bringing benefits to the study of archaeology. These technologies are being used in Archeology or Anthropology departments at many universities and quickly replacing traditional methods of replicating and studying historic artifacts and fossils.

    3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    PolyJet 3D Printing's Role in the World of Silicone Molding

    April 7, 2020

    For many decades, mold making and casting were the go-to methods to produce realistic prototypes of smaller plastic goods. Often referred to as Room Temperature Vulcanization (RTV) or silicone molding, this is the process of producing a master part and making a flexible mold off that master. Then, the mold is filled with a two-part urethane resin, which cures into the shape of the mold. This produces a part that exactly mimics the original master’s shape and surface finish. This process is extremely versatile and is in use in many industries. Still, it requires a skilled model maker to produce a master and understand the proper molding techniques to achieve the desired result. Today, 3D printing is changing the way RTV molding is approached and no 3D printing technology is better suited for the task than Stratasys’ PolyJet technology. In this article, we will illustrate the process of RTV molding and explore how PolyJet printing can augment the various steps.