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25 07, 2016

Handy Scan 3D 700

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:58+00:00 July 25th, 2016|2 Minute Tuesdays, 3D Scanning, 3D Scanning / Reverse Engineering 2MT, CQTV|0 Comments

http://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/suk86fsepl?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 A portable and ergonomic laser scanner, the Handy Scan has an impressive accuracy and speed for its size. It achieves repeatable results across all work environments and can function in a range of applications such as concept and CAD design, quality control, tooling, and even assembly/production.

1 07, 2016

Mastercam 2017 New User Interface

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:58+00:00 July 1st, 2016|CQTV, MC 2017 Video Series|0 Comments

The next generation of Mastercam is here, and with it comes a new suite of programming tools focused on delivering speed, automation, and efficiency for all machining jobs. You’ll enjoy a more streamlined workflow, improved usability, enhancements to our Dynamic Motion technology, and much more. Cimquest has created a special Mastercam 2017 video series dedicated to getting you up to speed with installation, migration, the updated user interface and more new enhancements to the latest product release from CNC Software - Mastercam 2017. New videos will be released every Tuesday, direct to your inbox to all signed up to receive 2 Minute Tuesdays. Want to watch them again? Come back to this page anytime to review the content as many times as you like. Questions or comments, let us know, we are here to help you every step of the way. http://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/389zz1w1g3?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 The Mastercam 2017 new user interface features a tabbed ribbon interface similar to Microsoft Office. This makes it easier to find the functions you need, ultimately increasing speed and workflow.

3 04, 2015

How 3D Printing Customized Jigs and Fixtures Saves Rutland $60,000 Per Year

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:09+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|3D Printing / Additive Mfg|0 Comments

5 Jan. 2015 by Stratasys Staff Rutland Plastics is a custom injection molding company located in Rutland, United Kingdom that produces products for a wide range of companies and industries. Because each project is unique, Rutland must create complementary jigs and fixtures to position and hold the project’s components during manufacturing operations like assembly, gluing, drilling, and measuring. Now thanks to Stratasys 3D printing, creating a steady stream of assembly tools 100% customized for each job, in practically no time, is the new reality at Rutland. Method Annual Production Time Cost CNC 300 days $150,000 PolyJet 100 days $90,000 Savings 66% 40%   Why Conventional Wasn’t Cutting It The jigs and fixtures at Rutland are crucial because they streamline the production process, help employees become more efficient, and ensure consistency of the final product. However, as the company grew, creating the jigs and fixtures using conventional methods became a costly burden. Rutland traditionally made approximately 100 new jigs and fixtures annually from aluminum on its CNC milling machines. This process cost $1,500 per piece or $150,000 per year. But the true cost to the company was far greater. Each new jig and fixture also took 3 days to create. This meant that the company was precluded from using at least one of its CNC machines to generate revenue for 300 business days. Another problem was that Rutland’s engineers were constrained by the CNC machine’s inability to produce jigs and fixtures with sharp corners and deep contours. As a result, the jigs and fixtures were not optimized for the specific need they were meant to address in the manufacturing process, which created the need for additional adaptive work or support tooling. Finally, identification labels and felt pads had to be manually added to prevent loss and inadvertent scratching of production parts, respectively. Perfecting the Process with PolyJet Originally, Rutland purchased anObjet350 Connex Multi-material 3D Production System to produce rapid prototypes but then realized it was also an ideal platform for creating jigs and fixtures. Leveraging the system’sPolyJet 3D printing technology, Rutland produces jigs and fixtures with exceptional surface finish and intricate detail, benefits which were unattainable via conventional milling machines. Plus, Rutland’s engineers are able to leverage the 3D printer’s multi-material capability to produce rubber-like surfaces that cushion and protect production parts coming into direct contact with the fixture. Identification labels are 3D printed directly as part of the jigs and fixtures. All of this is accomplished in a single build on the Stratasys multi-material 3D Printer, eliminating costly extra steps. “We don’t have any more machining constraints. We can literally 3D print something that we couldn’t have manufactured any other way,” adds Simon Grainger, Rutland Plastics’ Design Engineer. Costs and Time Savings Seal the Deal By taking full advantage of their Stratasys 3D Printer, Rutland has been able to reduce the cost of producing jigs and fixtures and reclaim its CNC machines exclusively for revenue generating processes. In total, the switch reduced Rutland’s per-fixture cost from $1,500 to $900 or [...]

3 04, 2015

Mastercam and Mastercam For SOLIDWORKS Public Beta Release

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:10+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Mastercam|0 Comments

Mastercam Public Beta     The Mastercam X9 Public Beta release is open to all current customers who are on Maintenance. The Beta release can be downloaded here and will be supported through the Mastercam Industrial Forum, which is staffed with CNC applications engineers, posts writers, technical support, software developers, and QC engineers. As we collect feedback and make changes, we'll make further updates available via the forum. Here are just a few of the things you'll see in the Mastercam X9 Beta: Expanded Dynamic Motion toolpaths bring new options to our groundbreaking technology. And our broad-based radial chip thinning calculator lets you apply chip thinning parameters to any appropriate tool, bringing greater cutting efficiency to your toolpaths. Solid Modeling Improvements including Solid Disassembly for exploding and laying out a solids assembly, Solid Positioning for easy snap-positioning of items such as fixture components, and more. Powerful Multiaxis enhancements including Multiaxis Link, which delivers a new way of combining a safety zone with multiple operations to ensure repositioning between any 2- to 5-axis milling operations is as safe as possible. Even broader tool support and improved workflow for importing, designing, and editing tools and holders. Mastercam Simulator fixture support makes it easy to define, display and collision check fixturing while simulating your job. Overall streamlined workflow with improved plane management, level and geometry control, viewsheets, chaining and more. The new Analyze Toolpath feature provides improved feedback and verification by displaying relevant toolpath information simply by hovering over a toolpath section. ..and many other productivity improvements across the entire product. Beta Updates and Known Issues We are looking to release a new public beta approximately once a month. Known issues, updated bug fixes, and other details will be delivered when you install the current Mastercam X9 Beta and through the Mastercam forum. System Requirements Mastercam X9 requires a 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. To see a full list of system requirements, please visit our requirements page. Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS also requires SOLIDWORKS 2013 or later (not included in the download). A valid license of SOLIDWORKS is available through authorized SOLIDWORKS resellers. General disclaimer Mastercam X9 Public Beta provided as a part of an early access program. Although it has been extensively tested, it is not yet released and we cannot guarantee it for use in a production environment. Please use at your own risk.  

2 03, 2015

Mastercam X8 Update 4 has been released

By | 2015-12-30T09:36:57+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|Mastercam|0 Comments

Mastercam X8 Update 4 has just released.  This release requires maintenance of 8/31/14 (same as X8 Release) or newer to run. The Mastercam.exe version number is 17.0.19735.0.   This update must be installed directly on top of any previous X8 release (Mastercam X8 release, X8 Hotifx 1,  X8 Update 2 or X8 Update 3).  The X8 Update 4 patch is available through the Auto Update System or on the downloads page at:  http://www.mastercam.com/en-us/Support/Downloads/Mastercam   This is a Mastercam only update.   Issues Addressed by Mastercam X8 Update 4 The following areas have been updated (please review the attached ReadMe.pdf for more details): Random Crashing caused by classic backplot. Corrupted mill defaults files when saving defaults. Work Offset issues File open issues. Lathe ops being marked dirty Import  operations Planes. Printing.   Use one of the 3 methods listed below to perform an update. o   Start Mastercam X8 and a Mastercam update bubble will show in the lower right of your screen in the system tray area. Click on this to activate the Update Manager. o   Manually check for updates from the Windows Start menu – Start > Mastercam X8 > Check for Updates and then follow the instructions. o   Start Mastercam and select Update Mastercam from the Help menu. Mastercam must be shut down for the update to install so you may need to manually close Mastercam before proceeding. Note: Localized versions of Mastercam will not be able to use the AUS and will need to manually download the patch from the web.  The download will be available soon.

2 03, 2015

Stratasys Material News

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:10+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, News / Promos, Services, Stratasys, Technology|0 Comments

Endur – Now Available in 20 Different Digital Materials! Info from Stratasys February newsletter Endur (RGD450), the advanced PolyJet material for simulating Polypropylene is now available in 20 Digital Material combinations. Endur can now be blended with TangoBlackPlus and TangoPlus rubber-like material to produce 8 new Digital Materials  which provide impressive impact strength for tough prototypes and12 new flexible Digital Materials with a range of Shore A values. The Endur material, renowned for its durability and beautiful surface finish, is ideal for creating tough prototypes for snap-fit components, living hinges and other demanding applications. With the new Digital Material options you can now create:   Tough prototypes with thin walls and living hinges for consumer goods and electronics product design, Prototypes that mimic polypropylene and over- molding in the same build, Tough, durable and aesthetic prototypes in a range of gray shades and differing flexibly. Earphone case featuring snap-fit lid and rubber-like over-molding. 3D Printed as a single piece using PolyJet Endur and TangoBlackPlus Digital Material combinations. Outer shell – RGD 4830; Inner rubber overmolding – FLX4870 shore70; Stratasys logo on lid – FLX4895 shore 95     ASA Takes FDM Thermoplastic to New Heights Designed for use in multiple industries, Stratasys’ new FDM ASA material features: UV stability, toughness & flexibility combined with matte finish, making it a great choice for outdoor, functional parts and prototypes that need to look good. ASA is easy to use on your Stratasys 3D Production Systems for all your prototyping and manufacturing needs, from concept modeling to end use parts. In fact, ease of use makes it a top pick for iterative design. Interesting Facts about Stratasys FDM ASA: ASA stands for Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate It’s now available in 10 fade-resistant colors! ASA is the best-looking of the FDM material family Sparse-filled parts in ASA use 63% less material than regular ABS-M30™ The mechanical properties of Stratasys’ ASA equal or improve upon those of ABS-M30™ Stratasys’ ASA materials come in 10 colors and feature less visible build lines for more defined surface finish and close-up details      

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