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    3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, Applications & Projects, 3D Printing Materials

    The Continuing Story of the TriMech Holiday Ornament

    December 22, 2020

    It is a scientifically proven fact that playing with toys can improve your mood, so this holiday season I decided to play with the 3D printing “toys” I am lucky enough to have access to here at TriMech! A few years ago I was able to create some incredible Snowman Holiday Snow Globe Ornaments in full color plus clear (and they still adorn our Christmas Tree’s and desks at TriMech this time of year). Since then, Stratasys has added an incredible new machine to its lineup, as well as a wonderful new material, so I felt that this would be a great time to revisit that design and see what these advancements are capable of.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, 3DEXPERIENCE

    How to 3D Print from 3DEXPERIENCE

    December 21, 2020

    Additive manufacturing technology has opened up possibilities for product design that only a few years ago were not even possible. Similarly, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes has opened up possibilities for product development we didn’t have a few years ago. By leveraging the two together, we can take advantage of the collaboration, analysis, and on-demand capabilities available to make our designs and prototypes better and quicker than ever before. In this blog, we are going to explore the different tools and solutions available (at the moment) to print your 3D designs inside of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, Engineering Services

    Using 3D Printing to Quickly Create Your Mold Designs

    October 5, 2020

    Every day people walk around without realizing just how much mold manufacturing impacts their lives. The mouse being used to navigate around this post was built with molded parts. The shell of your cellphone, the plastic cup you use to get a drink of water and parts of your shades or eyeglasses are made through manufacturing using molds. Manufacturing with metal molds is a large part of today’s manufacturing process, but these aren’t the only kinds of molds that can be beneficial to companies.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology, Industry News

    Introducing the New Stratasys J826 3D Printer

    February 17, 2020

    Stratasys just released the newest addition to their J-series family of PolyJet 3D printers, the Stratasys J826, an entry-level printer for the enterprise design world. Just like the J850, the J826 has been created using Stratasys' best-in-class PolyJet technology and is part of the only family of printers currently available that can print full-color, multi-material models in a single print. It provides the same end-to-end solution for the design process and ultra-realistic simulation at a lower price point.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3D Printing Materials

    3D Printing Living Hinge Prototypes: Best Practices [UPDATED]

    October 11, 2019

    Do you work with living hinges? If you’re in the consumer products space, it's likely that’s a “yes.” A living hinge is simply a one-piece hinge—just a thin, flexible piece made from the same material as the rigid components it connects. Living hinges are found in plastic packaging, dispensing caps, thermoformed clam shell packaging and more. Manufacturing guidelines are easy to obtain for a variety of use cases.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Stratasys, PolyJet Technology

    Robotic Automation: Soft Robotics

    July 19, 2019

    From Unimate (the first robot placed on the factory floor by General Motors) to Roomba™ the robotic vacuum, there is no question that the field of robotics has drastically changed our culture over the past four decades! The industry is estimated to hit $135.4 billion in 2019, according to International Data Corporation. While robots have played an important role across various industries and even in our homes, there is a whole new category of robots, soft robotics, which could cause exponential growth over the next decade.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology

    Robotic Automation: End of Arm Tooling

    July 12, 2019

    Within the past few decades, robotic arms have allowed the manufacturing industry to develop into the fast production entity it is today. First used in the automotive industry, robotic arms can be programmed to take on any task that calls for high repeatability and precision. Today, robotic arms are used in almost every industry imaginable: from medical, to agriculture, to electronics manufacturing- and additive manufacturing tools like 3D printing is making the technology even more accessible.

    SOLIDWORKS, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Scanning, PolyJet Technology, FDM Technology, 3DEXPERIENCE

    3 Ways to Outsource Your Prototype

    June 14, 2019

    Congratulations, you just finished designing your CAD model! Now, what's the next step? Prototyping! It's the next phase in the design cycle that helps you mitigate and reduce errors and issues. Prototyping allows you to test your model for functionality and design features. It has become more affordable and accessible as this trend continues at a non-linear rate. This phase decreases the time to market and increases productivity. Newer enhancements offer a more functional prototype and ability to rapid manufacture. Let’s review several things that you can leverage today to help make your prototypes in an efficient and affordable way.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, FDM Technology, Applications & Projects, Automotive

    Customizing a Thunder Roadster: Prototyping

    June 11, 2019

    In our previous blog post, we walked through the process of setting up an airflow study over the front of the Thunder Roadster. We used SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to set up a computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis to verify that incoming air is adhering to the surface of the car and entering the hood scoop at racing speeds. With the results verified, the next step is to design new inlet components to route as much of that air to the engine as possible to improve performance.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing

    RAPID + TCT 2019 Recap

    May 30, 2019

    RAPID+TCT was last week in Detroit and there were a lot of manufacturers, large and small, showcasing their advancements in the additive world. RAPID is one of the largest additive manufacturing conferences in the US and has been running for the last 30 years. At this show, many manufacturers announce their new technologies, so it’s usually an exciting show. This was my first RAPID and I was excited to see what all the big manufacturers were showing off as well as to see some of the more emerging technologies like bioprinting. Below are some of my highlights from the show.

    Rapid Prototyping, Stratasys, FDM Technology, Client Stories, 3D Printing Materials

    Milwaukee School of Engineering Students Test New Elastomer Material

    May 27, 2019

    This week's Product Story showcases Milwaukee School of Engineering and their use of Stratasys F123 series printers and Stratasys materials.

    Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) offers an innovative partnership between business and education in its Additive Manufacturing Lab. Students have the opportunity to work with businesses as they address unique challenges that arise when developing new products. The engineering students partner with Additive Lab consortium members to find a solution for these challenges.

    Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Stratasys, FDM Technology, Applications & Projects, Industry News, 3D Printing Materials, Automotive

    Using 3D Printing in Motorsports for the Checkered Flag

    May 24, 2019

    TriMech’s solution partner, Stratasys, has recently signed an agreement with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Don Schumacher Racing. This agreement allows the automotive teams to leverage the Fortus and F123 series of 3D printers as part of their additive manufacturing process to stay ahead of the competition by accelerating component prototyping, proof-of-concept and finished ultralight usable components