Manufacturing Aids: Setting the standard for production lines of the future HP will be presenting this live webcast on Wednesday, June 27th and it's free to attend. The HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing’s revolutionary process has opened new possibilities in design and manufacturing, garnering attention for its speed, quality, and cost-effectiveness. Attend this webcast to learn about some of the advantages of using this disruptive technology for manufacturing aids and how it can help improve production line efficiency. Hear about actual use cases where HP’s 3D Printing technology has helped enable design freedom, shorter lead times and resulted in cost savings and an increase in both productivity and part precision. You will be able to submit your questions during the question and answer session! Reserve your spot today by clicking the button below. Sign Up
Life Sciences, in this case, the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, have various applications in which 3D printing can contribute real value. The needs are very specific and there are a few crucial requirements: In clinical applications, all of these requirements hold true. But what's more is that the printer must be safe to use and parts must be able to be sterilized. For medical devices, parts must also be very strong so they can be used in functional settings. The Rize One provides a safe and secure solution the Life Sciences. The patented ADP process creates near isotropic parts, with minimal post processing and zero Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs. In this case study Conmed, a global medical device manufacturer, had a need for parts with great surface quality, strength and markup. Using Rize they were able to first create functional prototypes, followed by molds for pouring silicon and low-temperature plastic. After realizing the possibilities, they expanded their use of the Rize to create end-use replacement parts: handles, other parts of assemblies, and tooling. An added benefit of the Rize is in its ability of jetting marking inks, which allows Conmed to efficiently trace parts in their inventory. Aside [...]
Mastercam 2019 now displays toolpaths with different colors, based on the move type. The following image depicts a part with a Dynamic OptiRough toolpath, with Advanced Display toggled on. This is unavailable for Wire toolpaths. If Advanced Display is not toggled on, Mastercam displays only cutting motion and rapid motion in different colors. Change the display state by selecting Advanced Display on the View tab. Set these colors in the System Configuration dialog box on the Advanced Toolpath Display page, which is located under Colors. You can also set colors by selecting the dialog box-launcher for Advanced Display. You can also change the line style, line width, and other attributes. For drill toolpaths, you can set the color, line style, and line width of the drill tool diameter. Use the drop-down menu to display different sections of the toolpath. For example, if you deselect Exit Motion, then any exit motion does not display in the graphics window. You can also toggle the display from the Toolpaths Manager. Classic Backplot and Mastercam Simulator display the customized toolpath colors if the Advanced Display toggle is on. If it is not, the default colors display. Stay tuned to many more tips and tricks [...]
The Form 2 3D printer offers professional-level 3D printing at a lower barrier to entry relative to industrial SLA machines. It is capable of producing detailed models with smooth surface finish, making it a sound solution for iterative prototyping, fixtures and manufacturing tooling. The Form 2 currently has 6 engineering grade materials in its portfolio, each with their own unique characteristics and benefits and they include . . . • Grey Pro Resin is a versatile material great for concept modeling and functional prototyping. It offers high precision with moderate elongation and low creep. • Rigin Resin is a glass filled resin that offers very high stiffness. Great for printing thin walls and features, it is highly resistant to deformation over time and provides a polished finish. • Durable Resin specializes in low friction and wear, making it ideal for bearings, ball & joints, and snap-fits. It offers smooth glossy finish and high resistance to deformation. • High Temp Resin has the highest heat deflection temperature of 289 C and can be used for models with environmental testing, or molds for casting and thermoforming. • Flexible Resin is best used for parts with ergonomic features that bend and compress. It [...]
Formlabs formally recently announced a new ceramic resin for the Form 2 3D printer. This is a notable departure from their traditional materials, which have up to now been various types of photopolymers. While they’ve marketed strong, flexible and colorful materials, they’ve never released a ceramic resin, until now. Ceramic 3D prints are highly desirable in a number of situations, and are produced in quite a different manner. The Form 2’s normal photopolymer process simply involves solidifying the liquid resin with a laser and curing the completed print in a UV bath, ceramic processing requires different steps. Formlabs explains that the ceramic resin is first 3D printed in the same manner, although they do provide a number of tips to ensure a more reliable result, such as adjusting designs to fit within ceramic tolerances and roughening the build platform for extra special adhesiveness. The differences are after the print completes. The “green” part is removed from the Form 2, and supports are trimmed off. There is no need for further UV curing, as the print then is placed in a ventilated kiln. I should point out that Formlabs does not supply a kiln, and you should be able to find [...]
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/8186noot2u?embedType=iframe&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 In today’s episode, we show you how we reverse engineered a 6-pack can holder, improved the design, and then optimized it for injection molding. Read more about Cimquest's scanning products and services here.
There is a new enhancement to the solid direct editing tools. In previous versions of Mastercam any changes made with model prep could not be undone. Now, up to twenty-five steps can be rolled back or forward using controls completely independent from the main Undo/Redo commands. If you have some toolpaths already programmed on a part you will see the standard Undo/Redo arrows on the quick access toolbar as shown below . . . . . . as well as the model prep specific ones shown here in the Solids Manager. Now, let’s say you use the Push/Pull and Position to alter the part and fixturing models. Then you change the slot depths on the part and move some of the holes. You will notice that the Undo arrow on the Solids tab becomes active. You can make similar changes to the clamps and reposition the nuts using the position layout tool and then as you step back and forth in the Solids Undo, you can see how the edits to the model are affected. Undo Redo However, please note that the positioning of the clamp nuts is affected by the main Undo/Redo command set. Only [...]
The Atlantic Design and Manufacturing Show is the East Coast’s largest annual Design & Manufacturing event. It connects you with more than 9,000 engineers and executives, as well as hundreds of leading suppliers, across the advanced design and manufacturing spectrum. Find the design and manufacturing solutions, innovations, and inspiration you need to solve your toughest challenges while staying on top of the latest advancements in the industry. This year the show floor spotlights two industry mega-trends — 3D printing and smart manufacturing — with a dedicated 3D Printing Zone, plus the latest in collaborative robots and robotics on display from the world’s top suppliers. Cimquest will be exhibiting at this show in two booth locations. We will be in Booth #509 displaying the 3D Printers that we sell. Come out to see the printers in action and get all your 3D Printing questions answered. We will also be in Booth #515 displaying our 3D Scanning, 3D Printing Services, Inspection, and Mold Simulation solutions. No matter what your manufacturing needs are, Cimquest has you covered. Please stop by either or both booths and say hi. Design & Manufacturing June 12 – 14, 2018 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY You can register [...]