3D Scanning

3D Scanner Technology to Reverse Engineer a Custom Mouse Case

October 12, 2018

3D scanning is an increasingly popular technology and is mostly used for reverse engineering and quality assurance. Reverse engineering is commonly known as backward engineering because it's the process through which information is extracted from pre-existing objects to reproduce them based on the information gathered.

3D Printing Materials, PolyJet Technology, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Digital ABS Plus

October 11, 2018

Digital ABS Plus™ benefits from newly improved mechanical performance. Parts made with this material will have better impact strength in addition to its previously well-known attributes of high-temperature resistance, toughness and superior finish.

Desktop Metal

What Does Metal 3D Print Media Look Like?

October 9, 2018

As children, we were fascinated with Play-Doh. Excited by the idea of turning a simple cylinder block of soft dough into a monster, pizza, village or whatever else our minds could come up with! Lucky for us, we don’t have to completely grow out of this thanks to 3D printing. And with Desktop Metal 3D printers our designs and ideas are much more permanent. Read on to discover what metal 3D printing is bringing to the table.

Flow Simulation, Simulation, 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS

Heat Transfer and Thermal Analysis: When to Use FEA vs. CFD

October 8, 2018

Engineers often need to answer questions regarding heat transfer in their designs. As with many other things, the specific task or question being asked will determine what tool to use to get the best result. Here we look at answering the question of when to use Finite Element Analysis (FEA) vs. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in heat transfer problems.

Education, Rapid Prototyping

5 Key Technologies That Will Change the Future of Manufacturing

October 5, 2018

For the past several decades, manufacturing has been thought of as a “dirty” job reserved for countries with a cheap labor market. However, we’ve found that physically separating manufacturing and consumption of goods increases cost. A new era of manufacturing is beginning, and it starts with domestic and regionalized manufacturing that utilizes new and exciting technologies in well-manicured workspaces.

3D Printing Materials, FDM Technology, Know Your Materials

Know Your Materials: Nylon 12CF

October 4, 2018

FDM Nylon 12CF is a chopped carbon fiber-filled polyamide 12 material that is available for 3D printing on compatible Stratasys Fortus production systems. The material is 35% carbon-fiber by weight and has a high strength-to-weight ratio with a tensile strength on par with high-performance FDM material.
 

Client Stories, Desktop Metal

Product Story: Built-Rite Tool & Die Reduces Cost-Per-Part With Desktop Metal Studio System

October 3, 2018

This week's Product Story showcases  Built-Rite Tool & Die and their use of Desktop Metal Solutions.

Built-Rite Tool & Die is a mold-making and design firm in Massachusetts with expertise in precision mold manufacturing. They specialize in the production of molds for plastic injection molding.

Desktop Metal

Metal 3D Printing: What is the Debind Process?

October 2, 2018

The 3D printing world is constantly changing. One of the aspects we are enthralled with is the different types of material becoming available. However, different material requires different technology. Keep reading to find out more about printing metal parts with the Desktop Metal Studio System.

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 2019: Tips For a Successful Upgrade

October 1, 2018

Many things come with fall; leaves changing color, cooler temperatures, warm drinks… and a new release SOLIDWORKS! This means it's officially update season, and there are a few things you should check to make sure it's a smooth, easy process. We broke this down into four main sections, Copy Settings Wizard, Custom File Location, Hardware Specs and Installation Type.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Custom CommandManager Tabs: Optimize Your Workspace

September 28, 2018

The CommandManager in SOLIDWORKS is a fantastic dock for tools that allows users to view all their available “commands” or actions at once under specific category tabs. These category tabs can be customized, allowing each to be added or removed as needed, whether it's Features, Sketch or any of the other groups.

3D Printing, Desktop Metal

Features of the New Studio System+

September 27, 2018

With the announcement of the new Studio System+, Desktop Metal is bringing additional innovative capabilities to the world’s first office-friendly metal 3D printing solution for rapid prototyping. The three-part system, including printer, debinder and furnace, automates metal 3D printing by integration with Desktop Metal’s cloud-based software to deliver a seamless workflow —from digital file to sintered part.

Stratasys, 3D Printing

3D Printing Sacrificial Cores for Carbon Fiber Composite Layups

September 25, 2018

We want to tell you about a great application for our Stratasys FDM printers: 3D printing sacrificial cores. This is perfect for creating composite parts (such as hollow carbon fiber auto parts) with higher precision than traditional methods. Perhaps the best part is that it doesn’t require much complexity or expense on the 3D printing side, and the results are arguably better than you get with traditional methods. You’re getting the end-use part, in the real composite material, but with more design flexibility and smooth surfaces inside and out.