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Save As vs. Save As Copy in SOLIDWORKS

Posted by Dave Bazinet on March 3, 2015 at 2:48 PM

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.

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FDM 3D Printing with ABS Plastic: Material Properties/Applications

Posted by David Stockbower on March 2, 2015 at 2:45 PM

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.

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Find Shot Size, Fill & Pack Time, and More with SOLIDWORKS Plastics!

Posted by Steven Schaeffer on February 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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?

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A Quick SOLIDWORKS Surfacing Tip

Posted by John Hall on February 25, 2015 at 11:52 AM

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.

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3D Printing Living Hinge Prototypes: Best Practices

Posted by Juan Carlos Gandiaga on February 24, 2015 at 10:37 AM

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.

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CADD Edge Kit Car Project: 818 Build

Posted by Marcel Matte on February 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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.

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Fact Checking the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer Technology Event

Posted by Marcus Weddle on February 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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.

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Significantly Reduced File Sizes – A New Feature of SOLIDWORKS 2015

Posted by Dave Bazinet on January 27, 2015 at 10:50 PM

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.

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Unilever Accelerates Prototype Lead Times by 3D Printing Their Injection Molds

Posted by Marcus Weddle on January 23, 2015 at 10:52 AM

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.

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Worth Sharing: Manufacturing 3D Printed End-Use Parts with Normal

Posted by Marcus Weddle on January 22, 2015 at 3:32 PM

When you hear of end-use parts and 3D printing, typically it’s in the context of futuristic predictions describing custom consumer goods rolling off giant assembly lines a decade or more in the future. Simply put, it is assumed that 3D printing is either too slow, too expensive or the material quality isn’t good enough today.

Here’s a video that proves otherwise: Normal is shipping out custom 3D printed earphones from their factory and store in New York. Watch Normal CEO Nikki Kaufman describe how she specifically wanted the Stratasys Fortus 250mc 3D printer, with the material choice of ABS plastic in seven colors, for her vision of manufacturing the perfect earbud.

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