Blog 2018-01-15T08:10:53+00:00

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Desktop Metal Named “2017 Best of What’s New” in Engineering

Popular Science Names Desktop Metal Production System “2017 Best of What’s New” in Engineering

Highlighting its speed and inkjet technology, Popular Science recognized the Desktop Metal Production System™ with its “2017 Best of What’s New” award in the Engineering category. The Production System is the first metal 3D printing system for mass production of complex metal parts that is up to 100 times faster than current laser systems. Arriving in 2018, the Production System delivers the speed, quality, and cost-per-part needed to compete with traditional manufacturing processes.

Created by the inventors of ground-breaking technologies in both 3D and 2D printing – binder jetting by Ely Sachs and single pass inkjet by Paul Hoisington – the Production System builds metal parts in a matter of minutes instead of hours. Leveraging low-cost Metal Injection Molding (MIM) powder, it is designed to deliver high throughput and per-part costs that are competitive with traditional manufacturing processes—up to 20x lower than today’s laser-based additive manufacturing systems.

“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that shape the future,” says Joe Brown, Editor in Chief, Popular Science. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.”

Desktop Metal, the company committed to making metal 3D printing accessible to manufacturers and engineers, recently launched its metal 3D printing systems covering the full product lifecycle — from prototyping to mass production. The Studio System™ is the first office-friendly metal 3D printing system for rapid prototyping and is up to 10 times less expensive than existing technology today. To manufacture metal 3D printed parts at scale, Desktop Metal also debuted the only 3D printing system for mass production of high-resolution metal parts today, the Production System.

About Desktop Metal Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the […]

Formlabs Announces Two New Materials

Formlabs materials

Formlabs’ library of versatile, reliable Engineering Resins is formulated to help product designers and manufacturers reduce costs, iterate faster, and bring better experiences to market. They recently announced the addition of two new materials for the Form 2: Grey Pro Resin for Versatile Prototyping and Rigid Resin.


Grey Pro Resin offers high precision, moderate elongation, and low creep. This material is great for concept modeling and functional prototyping, especially for parts that will be handled repeatedly. This material is best for form and fit testing; prototyping injection molded products; mold masters for plastics, silicones, and more; jigs and fixtures for manufacturing.


Rigid Resin is filled with glass to offer very high stiffness and a polished finish. This material is highly resistant to deformation over time and is great for printing thin walls and features. Rigid Resin has the highest modulus of all Formlabs materials. It has great impact strength, heat resistance, and stability, but is more brittle than Tough and Durable. This material is best for turbines and fan blades; jigs, fixtures, and tooling; manifolds; electrical casings and automotive housings.

Please click below for more information on all of the Formlabs materials.

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Mastercam and Kennametal Partner Up to Automate Tooling

Mastercam and Kennametal

CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam, has partnered with Kennametal to provide customers with the ability to quickly import tool assemblies from NOVO directly into Mastercam 2018. The integration of NOVO allows Mastercam customers to save significant time searching for desired tools and building 3D tool assemblies that can be brought directly into Mastercam for easy use by most shops.

Mastercam developers worked closely with Kennametal to let users import 3D tool assemblies directly into Mastercam. Features such as automated filtering ensure that the holders and tools that are selected can work together for the particular job. Users of Mastercam benefit from having the correct tooling for the material and for the type of machining operation, plus an accurate 3D model that can be used for visualization and collision checking in addition to the time savings. Bring in Kennametal tool assemblies, validate them, and save them in your Mastercam file and/or Tool Library.

“Customers had to search through thousands of catalog pages and cross-reference multiple sources to create the Kennametal tool assemblies needed to machine their parts,” says Rich Taft, Product Owner for CNC Software. “Accurate tool definitions can be a critical factor in modern CAM applications. Toolpath algorithms take advantage of these definitions to provide safe and efficient motion. In addition, the models that we import from NOVO help us to generate accurate in-process stock models that can be leveraged in subsequent operations. Customers can also make use of these models in Verification and Machine Simulation to catch programming errors before the program ever gets to the machine tool.”

Mitch Benko, Director, Virtual Machining for Kennametal says, ”The pre-production phase of the manufacturing process is a critical point to provide efficiencies and set the stage for a smooth manufacturing run. By partnering with Mastercam, NOVO will enable users to connect and import product information, 3D models, drawings, and starting parameters to expedite the validation and programming processes. By […]

3D Printing HP Labs Innovation

Progress in 3D authentication and identification brings 3D manufacturing closer

3D Printing HP Labs Multi-jet-fusion printed part on the left and a high-resolution scan of the indicated portion of it on the right showing the micro surface structure used for authentication.

An HP Labs investigation into accurately identifying and authenticating 3D-printed objects is helping enable a future where parts for high performance machines like jet engines are routinely printed to order. It may also aid the development of new systems for tracking physical objects of any kind on a massive scale.

To use a 3D printed part in a machine like an aero-engine, you need to be able to confidently identify and track that part after it has been printed from a known and trusted printer,” observes Bristol, UK-based researcher Stephen Pollard.

One way to do that would be to add a unique identifier like a bar code to each printed item. But Pollard and his colleagues in HP’s Print Adjacencies and 3D Lab wanted to come up with an approach that added no processing or materials cost to the 3D printing process and that would also have applicability for 3D objects created via more conventional methods.

Their solution: a low cost, three-stage, automated identification and authentication system that doesn’t require a printed object to be readied for authentication in any way. It works by first designating a small area of the object to be tracked as the location of a “virtual forensic mark.” This need only be a centimeter or so square and can easily be pre-assigned in the digital version of the 3D object before it is printed.

Once the item is printed, it is robotically scanned so that the location of the virtual forensic mark can be identified. Finally, a second, very high resolution scanner takes a measurement of that small area. It’s so accurate – detecting surface differences of just two thousandths of a millimeter – that it can establish a […]

Please Join Us at Our HP Open House

Cimquest will be hosting an interactive 3D Printing Open House featuring the HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology. Come take a look under the hood of our new Jet Fusion 4200 and experience the printing process from start to finish. We’ll show you how you can make production quality parts at a greater speed and lower cost per part than other systems. At the event, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Listen to iRobot discuss their investment in HP 3D Printing and discover their common uses.
  • Meet HP representatives and discuss the technology and open materials roadmap.
  • See and experience the MJF process live, from start to finish with the Jet Fusion 4200.
  • Learn how the HP 3D Printing Technology saves you time and money compared to other technologies.

EVENT DETAILS
January 17, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cimquest HQ, 3434 Rt. 22 West, Suite 130
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Breakfast and lunch will be served, and you’ll also get a tour of Cimquest’s new CNC Manufacturing Lab and our 3D Printing Showroom. This event is free to attend, but please reserve your spot by clicking on the button below.

Register Here

Upcoming Mastercam Training Dates

Why not start the new year with some Mastercam training? With new versions coming out every year it can be very difficult to keep up with all the latest enhancements and improvements without occasionally taking some training classes. Cimquest has you covered with many different topic, date, and location options. Over the next couple of months we have several classes to pick from. Please see below for the available options. And don’t despair if your desired class is not being offered in your desired location. We have a constant stream of class options in all of our office locations. Just click the button at the bottom of this article for more dates and details.

Mill Essentials 
Feb 6-9, Windor, CT
Feb 12-15, Harrisburg, PA
Feb 12-15, Butler, PA

Our Instructor will mentor you in the basics of Mastercam icon functions, geometry and tool path creation that will lead to you to programming many different parts from start to finish. You will learn the foundational principles of basic 2½ axis tool paths and build upon them by programming many real world examples to develop your abilities. You will be able to create and work with basic 2D wireframe and then import and manipulate Solid models for tool path creation in drilling cycles, advanced pocketing, helical entry and the use of dynamic milling. Last you will be able to program rotary axis substitution and index units.


Mill 3-Axis
Jan 10-11, Harrisburg, PA
Jan 29-31, Sterling, MA
Feb 12-14, Branchburg, NJ

Learn to create and edit complex surfaces and curves, and then machine them using a variety of efficient toolpaths. Single and multiple surface machining is discussed. Other topics include pencil tracing, gap settings, tool boundaries, and drive surfaces.


Mill 5-Axis
Jan 25-26, Harrisburg, PA
Jan 29-30, Branchburg, NJ
Feb 5-6, Sterling, MA

Learn simultaneous 4 & 5 axis machining operations, including flowline and swarf toolpaths, multi-surface techniques, and 5 axis drilling.


Lathe Essentials 
Jan 24-25, Branchburg, NJ
Jan 24-25, Butler, PA
Feb 14-15, Windsor, CT
Feb 22-23, Harrisburg, PA

Learn Mastercam tools and techniques specific to […]

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