Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, is one of the newest and most versatile manufacturing processes on the planet. It's possible to 3D print thousands of different models, parts, or basically anything you want with an ever-growing number of different materials. However, as we demonstrate in this ongoing series, there are some scenarios where this seemingly universal tool may not actually be the best tool for the job. At least not in the way you think. Even when 3D printing isn't an ideal candidate for creating the final end-use part, there are ways in which additive manufacturing technology can offset the design, testing and production of end-use parts.
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November 16, 2021
November 9, 2021
There are times when 3D printing end-use parts do not offer economic or performance gains. There, I said it. While this may seem controversial to say for a company that is in the 3D printing business, TriMech is founded on the principle of candor and speaking honestly with our clients. We like to tell it like it is. But hold on, there's more. Even in the most difficult 3D print applications, there is a strong chance that additive manufacturing can have a significant positive impact on the life cycle of a product – even if the final product doesn’t contain a single additively manufactured part.
This might sound confusing and contradictory at first, but let’s dive into this series and explore the design, fitment, and testing phase required for bringing a product to market. Let’s then pair that with the ability to produce manufacturing aids and production level tooling so we can see how 3D printing can impact end-use parts without the end-use part actually being 3D printed.
November 8, 2021
This is not going to be an article that explains the traditional “Internet of Things” and gives examples of how just about anything and everything made these days is potentially connected to other devices and systems over the internet. We’re going to assume you’re familiar with the addition of sensors, software and technology to physical objects (the “things” in IoT) to facilitate the seamless communication of data. It’s essentially already ubiquitous at this point, right? Everything from household appliances to baby monitors and even things like deodorant is connected to the cloud. We're going to talk about why that matters.
November 2, 2021
Creating optically clear parts via traditional manufacturing methods is often either cost-prohibitive, geometrically limiting, or outright impossible. Additive Manufacturing has allowed for a new way of thinking about prototyping and part production through its material versatility, and one of the more popular families of materials is the optically clear and translucent variety. However, there are instances where something that is meant to be optically clear comes off the machine with an unwanted tint or coloration. Why is that and what do you need to do to make it truly optically clear?
October 25, 2021
Over the last 10-15 years, perhaps no other emerging technology has gotten as much buzz as additive manufacturing (AM). Its initial, over-simplified, name is 3D printing and is known and understood at some level by people as early as grade school. Its rapid maturity (no pun intended), however, has placed it firmly at the leading edge of Industry 4.0 and is an important consideration for any business. In this article, we’ll forgo the usual explanations of the different technologies and how they work. We have a wealth of existing content to cover that, and it’s easily accessible through our past blogs, videos, and webinars. Instead, we will share exactly why you should consider this technology.
October 12, 2021
One of the last steps you may have in proving yourself for your chosen industry is to implement your knowledge, teamwork and design skills on a multi-semester final project. Your results will be presented in front of other engineers, potential sponsors, and a possible connection that could propel you in the job market. These final projects are important, especially how your design process will parallel workflows that practicing engineers, designers and manufacturers go through. Honing in on a design, accumulating research and creating the best solution to a problem is something these design firms go through every day.
Have you ever wondered why there are different types of 3D printer file formats? Well, these various formats carry the encoded information that includes geometry, texture, color, transparency and more. The format dictates the variety of the information available and makes it possible for 3D printers to read. However, there are quite a few to choose from. Today I am going to share with you which ones are the most common and what information they carry to help you determine what will be the best fit for your 3D printing project.
July 6, 2021
The idea of using cloud computing for product development is not a new idea. In fact, there are almost as many purported cloud solutions as there are product development processes. With all the opportunities that this technology offers it is easy to see why there's so much excitement around it, but it can be hard to understand how this abstract idea can be applied to a real-world process.
In this multi-part video series, we will be walking you through the concept, design, simulation and production of real product prototypes using SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This will give you a great idea of how this tool can empower you and your team to create using a real-time ecosystem that connects people, ideas and data.
June 15, 2021
As engineering and design needs evolve, new challenges must be overcome. Adapting to change and understanding the needs of clients while providing cutting-edge solutions is a necessity to staying on top, both in technology and price point. Stratasys continually pushes the boundaries of 3D printing with these important factors in mind and recently launched their newest innovations as a firm testament to that.
Whether you are an in-house engineer looking for something that offers multi-material options with a smaller footprint, an in-house designer with a desire to generate maximum output, or a medical professional that wants to produce high-quality, certified models, you will absolutely love the fantastic options that are now available in the 3D printing space from Stratasys.