We know a lot of companies focus on getting a product out the door as quickly as possible. However, it seems that when focusing on getting a project completed or a design finished, there’s a lot more emphasis on the engineers, and a lot less emphasis on looking at how that’s done, and whether there is a better, faster way to get that project complete.Read More
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So we’ve all been there before, you have an existing part and you need to make another version of it but with a different filename. You perform a “Save As” and modify the part to the new specs. Only after that is done, you discover the original part has been mistakenly overwritten and modified while the saved off copy is untouched. What does this mean besides having to explain to your boss how your pc made it through the window? It means you are now adding wasted time repointing file references hoping your assembly doesn’t blow up too much….
Queue Direct TV.Read More
One of the key advantages of Stratasys FDM printers is their use of real engineering plastics, like ABS. Watch this informative video detailing the properties of ABS plastic for 3D printing, explained by David Stockbower. He also speaks about the common applications for this versatile material.Read More
Whether you are a plastics Engineer or Designer, Mold Processing Engineer or a Mold Tool designer, the more information you have about your part/mold, the easier your job is. The question is, how do we get this information?Read More
Ever wonder how to make a smooth surface out of multiple surface entities?
Sometimes it's as simple as using the Knit command to create all one smooth shape, but if the faces aren't tangent, you'll end up with harsh edges between them.Read More
Do you work with living hinges? If you’re in the consumer products space, it's likely that’s a “yes.”
Living hinges are found in plastic packaging, dispensing caps, thermoformed clamshell packaging, and more. Manufacturing guidelines are easy to obtain for a variety of use cases. The hinge itself is simple—just a thin, flexible piece made from the same material as the rigid components it connects.Read More
If you’re like me, you spend your weekends watching shows on the Velocity channel like Car fix, Café Racer, West Coast Customs, Overhaulin’ and anything else that has to do with ripping apart and rebuilding stuff and/or just plain building something cool. I think it’s part of our DNA that we like anything with motors – which is one of my addictions.
So, big deal right? We like to watch the same shows.Read More
As HP took the stage last October to announce their Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology, media reporters were looking for a few key answers:
- When will HP’s 3D printer using this technology ship;
- What’s the performance;
- What’s the cost, and the big question;
- Will it radically change the 3D printing industry?
All good questions, but unfortunately, we won’t have definite answers until at least 2016, which is the earliest that the first iteration of an HP 3D printer with Multi Jet Fusion was announced to ship. But that didn’t stop HP—or in some cases the media—from creating a large amount of hype, including the seemingly certain idea that HP would be turning the industrial 3D printing world upside down.Read More
One of the new things you may notice in SOLIDWORKS 2015 3D CAD software is that your files open faster. Before I dig too deeply into this, I’m going to back up for a second and put an asterisk next to my last statement. * Once your files have been converted to SOLIDWORKS 2015, they will open faster.Read More
While 3D printing is impacting a wide range of industries, it’s manufacturing that is currently seeing the most dramatic results. In fact, the numbers we see for time savings in prototyping are simply amazing.
Recently, consumer goods giant Unilever’s Italian division shared real-world statistics, including a 40% savings in prototype part lead times, thanks to adding Stratasys 3D printing technologies to their manufacturing processes.Read More