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    Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 5 of 5

    July 30, 2018

    327 in³ of model material. 298 in³ of support material. 250 hours of print time. 41 parts. 20 hours of building and assembly. 1 kayak. 

    3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology, Make Your Own Solution

    Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 4 of 5

    July 26, 2018

    Taking a design from a concept to a physical artifact that exists in the real world is exhilarating. With the design help from SOLIDWORKS in part 1, the analysis help from Simulation in part 2 and help from solidThinking Inspire in part 3, the kayak frames are now optimized for 3D printing. In video four we walk through choosing the proper 3D printing technology and options to build our parts.

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    Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 3 of 5

    July 25, 2018

    Having already designed the wood stringers with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD in part 1 and refined the shape of the kayak for buoyancy, stability and draw with Flow Simulation in part 2,  the third step in designing a 3D printed kayak is designing the interior structure. In this blog, I'll show how to create the geometry to hold the stringers in place.

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    Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 2 of 5

    July 24, 2018

    Yesterday, we released the first video blog of our five-part series showcasing our process of designing and 3D printing a skin-on-frame kayak. We theorized that with SOLIDWORKS solutions, designing and testing a skin-on-frame kayak would be much faster and cheaper than building physical prototypes. This allows us to ultimately 3D print and build a full-size kayak, with relative ease, to test on open waters. In the first video segment, we completed the initial design in SOLIDWORKS, allowing us to move on to testing, which is part two of the series.

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    Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 1 of 5

    July 23, 2018

    With summer upon us, it's time for my favorite pastime (other than using SOLIDWORKS): Kayaking! And this year I have a brand new boat to play with.

    See the entire design process of the TriMech kayak, from idea to production and launch, in our five-part video blog series. In this first video, I go over how to use SOLIDWORKS to create the initial concept of the kayak by using a historic design for inspiration. Watch the video below.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Make Your Own Solution

    Designing a Grate Cover for the Death Star Exhaust Port

    May 4, 2017

    I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and have been for a very long time. And it doesn't get much better than the final climactic moment from “A New Hope.”

    SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Make Your Own Solution, Flow Simulation

    Make Your Own Solution: Exploring The Boundaries of Simulation with a DIY Meat Smoker

    April 28, 2017

    Barbecue season is right around the corner! So, for this week's Make Your Own Solution, I am using SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to design a meat smoker out of a cardboard box and a broken crock pot.

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    Make Your Own Solution: Chocolate Bunny Molds

    April 14, 2017

    With the Easter holiday around the corner, we wanted to get into the Spring spirit. So for this week's “Make Your Own Solution” blog, I decided to 3D print chocolate bunny molds using a Stratasys Objet30 Pro.

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    Last-Minute Gift Ideas: STEM Toys Our Engineers Love!

    December 20, 2016

    If Santa still needs a few more presents to put under the tree this holiday season, we recommend forgetting the Hatchimals (if you can find one) and opting for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) toys instead!

    SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD, Make Your Own Solution

    Make Your Own Solution: Kid-Approved Backyard Swing Set

    December 15, 2016

    When my son turned five, my wife and I decided it was time for him to have his own swing set in our backyard. There was only one problem: we couldn’t find one that we liked. One kit was too small. Another was missing the monkey bars. Nothing was quite what we had in mind.

    Stratasys, FDM Technology, Make Your Own Solution

    Make Your Own Solution: Tripod Attachment

    November 8, 2016

    Don't you hate when new technology doesn't fit your tripod from the 80's? Us too! That's why in this week's “Make Your Own Solution” blog, I decided to work through the problems I encounter using my old tripod and tackle new ways to attach a cell phone to the mount. This is the solution I came up with:

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    Make Your Own Solution: Crab Grabber

    October 28, 2016

    After 3D printing custom car logos in the first “Make Your Own Solution” blog, the second topic of the series is a very serious matter—crabs!