14 02, 2018

Using SolidWorks DimXpert for Final Inspection

By | 2018-02-12T09:49:47+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Technology|0 Comments

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 [...]

12 02, 2018

Mastercam 2018 Edge Curve Enhancements

By | 2018-02-19T12:58:35+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips, Technology|0 Comments

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 [...]

15 12, 2017

The New Rize One 3D Printer

By | 2017-12-15T08:31:55+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: Technology|0 Comments

There is a fairly new machine on the 3D printing scene, the Rize™ One. Capable of producing parts in a medical grade material, the Rize One sets out to eliminate the common hassles and headaches attributed to post-processing. If you've ever worked with common extrusion-based 3D printers, then you know that a part is typically not finished when it first comes off of the machine. With these systems, support material must be removed after the model comes off the build plate. Many supports can be broken away manually, but sometimes there is usually some resistance in areas that have strong adhesion. Dissolving support can be an option but may involve hazardous materials with special consideration needed for disposal. Regardless of the method, valuable time is added to the process. The Rize One addresses these post-processing obstacles through a patented Process called Augmented Polymer Deposition. APD involves the simultaneous extrusion of thermoplastic and jetting of functional inks. Release ink is jetted between support and model layers to allow for seamless support removal, while a marking ink can be used to print custom text or detailed images on parts. This is great for labeling part iterations, marking fixtures with instructions, or visual [...]

28 08, 2017

Desktop Metal Studio -Cimquest Partner Series

By | 2017-12-28T09:03:53+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Categories: 2 Minute Tuesdays, CQ Partner Series, CQTV, Technology|1 Comment   Introducing the first office-friendly metal 3D printing solution, the Desktop Metal Studio. Similar to FDM, this system extrudes rods that have metal powder bound within wax and plastic, in a process called Bound Metal Deposition.  

5 07, 2017

Why Product Manufacturing Information is Important

By | 2017-12-22T08:34:41+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Categories: Technology|0 Comments

By Joel Pollet, Senior Services Specialist Historically, machine shops relied on two items from their customer to fulfill a machining order; a CAD model and an inspection drawing. During my 3 ½ decades in our industry, the high-end, integrated CAD/CAM systems have always been able to convey manufacturing information from CAD to CAM or CAD to CAE. But what about CAD/CAM interfacing, such as Solidworks into Mastercam? These are two completely independent products from independent companies with independent development paths and unrelated requirements. Sharing model geometry is about as far as they go, but times are changing rapidly. Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) offers a way to convey dimensional information, tolerance information, datum information (where applicable), as well as GD&T information between dissimilar systems. There are higher levels of PMI that also support the transfer of other types of attributes or non-geometric information (part number, manufacturer, etc.). If the designer of a part can convey all of this information to their machine shop partners as embedded PMI within the CAD model, wouldn’t that make the shop much more efficient by having one less document to manage and also offer a far less ambiguous way to present dimensional information? Most modern day [...]

13 02, 2017

What is Surface Feet per Minute – Cimquest 2 Minute Tuesday

By | 2017-02-13T17:52:32+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: 2 Minute Tuesdays, CQTV, Mastercam, Technology|0 Comments Foundations of Metal Cutting Series - In this video, we explain Surface Feet per Minute along with tips on how to optimally run SFM in your machining jobs. [separator style_type="single" top_margin="10" bottom_margin="5" sep_color="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center" class="" id=""]

16 01, 2017

Cimquest Partner Series – Iscar Metals

By | 2017-01-16T16:30:57+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Categories: 2 Minute Tuesdays, CQ Partner Series, CQTV, Technology|0 Comments Iscar Metals supply a comprehensive line of precision carbide metalworking tools. We had a chance to meet and discuss productivity's effect on cost, and how features like the Mastercam tool libraries help streamline the machining process. [separator style_type="single" top_margin="10" bottom_margin="5" sep_color="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center" class="" id=""]

23 11, 2016

New Additive Tech for Large Lightweight Parts

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:52+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Technology|0 Comments

Stratasys' Scott Sevcik sat down with Arielle Campanelie from GIE Media Manufacturing Group's "Three Questions with an Expert” to discuss Stratasys' recently previewed Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator.  Watch the video below. For more information about our Stratasys line of printers, please click the button below. More Info

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