Let’s take a fresh look at the Form2 3D printer from our friends over at Formlabs. Stereolithography, more commonly known as SLA, is a 3D printing technology that originated in the early 1980's. With SLA, a liquid photopolymer is converted into solid material layer by layer when exposed to a highly concentrated light source, such as a laser or projector, in a process known as photopolymerization. The result is a three-dimensional solid part that is water-tight with a smooth surface finish and fine details. Due to the high resolution, layer lines are less noticeable than parts fabricated with extrusion-based printers. While SLA fits well into a variety of applications, large-scale industrial systems are expensive to own and operate making them barriers to wide-use adoption. In 2011, Formlabs introduced industrial quality SLA to the desktop. With high-resolution, capabilities and materials previously limited to larger systems, Formlabs made SLA more affordable and accessible. Starting at $3,499 the Form2 is the third-generation 3D printer from Formlabs. It has a considerable build volume for its size with a layer resolution as low as 25 microns. One of the most exciting things about the Form2 is the impressive materials library. With a dozen materials and [...]
Join Cimquest for an in-depth look at PMI-driven inspection using CAD (SOLIDWORKS) and Geomagic Control X. In this workshop, you will see the seamless integration of Product Manufacturing Information from CAD driving a complete part inspection in Control X. By setting up PMI dimensions with tolerances, datums, GD&T, notes, labels, etc. in SOLIDWORKS using ‘Dimension Expert’, the inspection of the part then becomes fully automated. Presentation topics include What is Product Manufacturing Information and why is it important to you? How does non-contact inspection work? Eliminating mistakes of interpreting inspection drawings by having the parameters for inspection entered one time in CAD and then automatically read and executed by Control X. EVENT DETAILS Date: Wed, March 14th Time: 9am-11am & 1pm-3pm Location: Cimquest Inc., Branchburg, NJ Cost: Free Who should attend? Shop owners, Quality Managers, Programmers who also inspect, CAD users whose designs go to machine shops for fabrication, inspectors. To register please click the button below. Register Here
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/tlvt0hu2ci?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 SolidWorks 2018 allows you to leverage the STL format file when importing STL files by converting the STL mesh to a BREP solid or surface. This gives you the functionality needed to make modifications, and create tooling right from your STL!
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SOLIDWORKS and Control X work really well together in the 3D part inspection world. SOLIDWORKS is one of the leading CAD tools in today’s design and manufacturing world. One of its advantages is that it offers you the opportunity to create a 3D annotated model. This can include things such as explicitly-specified dimensions, tolerances, 3D GD&T, surface texture symbols, finish requirements, and so on. This 3D annotated model is then used to manufacture the part, as well as provides the needed criteria to inspect the part. A part can contain anywhere from several dozen annotations, to several hundred! Wouldn’t it be great to repurpose these annotations, and import them directly into the inspection software, as opposed to recreating all of them one by one? Well, one of the inspection softwares that have this ability is Geomagic Control X. The first step is to add all of the 3D annotations directly to your 3D model. This is a pretty simple process in CAD. Once this is complete, you can open up Geomgagic Control X and use the PMI Wizard to import the 3D annotated model. All of the explicit dimensions and GD&T information will come through with no errors. The last step [...]
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/ph55zynjj3?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Today we show the process of creating a unique, functional 3D printed part through a combination of 3D scanning and CAD design. At Cimquest we offer CAD design and reverse engineering services to help you bring your unique ideas to life. For more info, contact us at http://cimquest-inc.com/contact-us/
There are some new enhancements to the Curves commands in Mastercam 2018. The 2D/3D construction switch will determine if the curves are created on edge or projected to the current construction plane, and there are several new Selection and Filtering options available for both Curve One Edge and Curve All Edges. When curves are created on the 3D face edges in 3D mode the curves stay on the face edges. However, if you switch from 3D to 2D construction mode the curves are projected to the current plane and construction elevation. You can also hold the Shift key and all the tangent edges will be picked with one click. In the Curve All Edges command you can use CTRL and/or Shift to have tangent or matching radii selected instantly. Finally, the option check boxes for Ignore Shared Edges and Only Outside Loops allow you to choose multiple faces and keep just the curves you need without redundant or extra geometry in the results. As you can see, these new options will help get the results you want quickly and reduce your preparation time for making toolpath. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to [...]
We are excited to host a series of educational seminars and live demonstrations on CNC technology, CNC programming, Robot Programming, Lean Robotics and 3D Scanning. These seminars will provide you with the latest techniques and processes in manufacturing with a focus on how to increase your productivity. Come learn and see the applications first hand then have lunch on us and the opportunity to speak one on one with the presenters. Our next forum will take place: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:30am - 2pm Cimquest Inc., Branchburg, NJ For more details and to register please click the button below. More Info