Mastercam X8 has just been released! Its sleek interface and crisp graphics are the first things you will notice. But it’s the streamlined workflow, toolpath advancements and Dynamic Motion efficiencies that will make the biggest impact on your work environment and profitability. Enhanced usability and workflow Streamlined interface and enhanced graphical interaction simplify your work. Expanded Dynamic Motion Mastercam's signature technology is more efficient than ever. Easier multiaxis cutting Use 5-axis techniques on traditional 3-axis toolpaths. New solid model prep Push-pull modeling and editing, feature identification and editing, and more. Powerful Mill-Turn additions Support for new machines and new strategies bring added flexibility. And much more...
There’s recently been a lot of news about FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and PolyJet 3D printing technologies. So, when entering the market for an additive manufacturing system, it’s beneficial to have a deeper understanding of the differences between the two technologies to select the 3D printer with the right set of capabilities for your business. After all, each technology builds parts its own way and each provides a variety of attractive benefits and capabilities. Say that you can only choose one technology or that you need another 3D printer but are not sure if you need the same technology or an alternative. How do you sort it out? Today’s Check it Out takes you to a complimentary white paper that’s intended to help you research wisely. The elevator speech on “FDM and PolyJet 3D Printing: Determining Which Technology is Right for Your Application” is that it compares FDM and PolyJet technologies using three criteria: operations, part characteristics and materials. It’s richly illustrated with figures, charts, graphs, screenshots and photos. It’s written for anyone with a basic understanding of 3D printing. It’s not an in-depth theoretical presentation. Every bit of it is a hands-on “what’s in it for you” document. This [...]
In today's broadcast of Cimquest TV you will see Mastercam's Dynamic Lathe Toolpaths in action. What are the differences between the new Dynamic Motion toolpaths in Mastercam and traditional toolpath technology? Enjoy today's broadcast called: How would you rather work?
“FDM helped us achieve a manufacturing cost reduction of 40%. That’s 10% more than the traditional approach would have offered.” — Scott Notaro, Medical Engineering Manager, Instrumentation Laboratory Instrumentation Laboratory is a worldwide manufacturer of in vitro diagnostic instruments, related reagents and controls for use primarily in hospitals and independent clinical laboratories. The company's product lines include critical care systems, hemostasis systems and information management systems. The company developed its Hemostasis testing system, the ACL TOP 500 to offer a lower price point than previous models. In the development process, the company reengineered many components to make them less expensive to manufacture. Like many other companies, Instrumentation Laboratory used a virtual prototyping process before production. "Typically, we develop design concepts in CAD software and discuss them with our manufacturing engineering team and molding suppliers to determine the most cost-efficient manufacturing option," says Scott Notaro, manager of mechanical engineering at Instrumentation Laboratory. "But difficulties in conceptualizing a CAD model can lead to time-consuming revisions. This reduces time in the development schedule and allows for only the most expensive parts to be addressed. This may result in a cost reduction of approximately 30%, but we wanted to achieve a greater reduction [...]
Reprinted from the Stratays Blog. Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been called the Next Industrial Revolution, improving virtually every aspect of the way products are made. Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) is a key component of additive manufacturing, which generally describes the process of producing parts directly from digital CAD data. Normally DDM stories tend to focus on end use parts, where additive manufacturing is used to cost-effectively produce the final parts that go into your car, jetliner or coffee maker. Describing its potential impact, the Wohlers Report 2014 states, ”Most indications suggest that we are heading toward a relatively new method of manufacturing and an industry worth tens of billions of dollars.” One area of additive manufacturing that can have an equally significant impact is tools – the molds, patterns, jigs and fixtures that are used throughout the manufacturing and assembly processes. Just think how many products you come in contact with every day that have been produced with injection molding, blow molding, silicone-molding and sand-casting…or assembled using jigs and fixtures. A long-standing method of creating these tools and patterns relies on time-consuming subtractive processes such as CNC tooling using steel or aluminum. But the advent of additive manufacturing and 3D printing means that [...]
Mastercam is pulling back the curtain to dig a little deeper into shoowing you just what their Dynamic Motion revolutionary technology can do for you. And if you’re a current Mastercam user, the news is even better. They’ve been including Dynamic Motion technology for more than five years and are constantly expanding it across the core of the Mastercam suite. That means the speed and efficiencies are built into our software, with no extra cost to you. Watch the video below for a brief intro to Dynamic Motion. All this week you can find step by step detailed looks at five of the biggest benefits that Mastercam Dynamic Motion delivers to your shop on the Mastercam Blog or you can come back here for reprints as well.
Reprinted from the Stratasys Blog: 9 Jun. 2014 by Galit Beck Today we’re excited to unveil Stratasys’ extended range of flexible and rigid material options for theObjet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer. With these new color palettes, Stratasys is continuing to expand your ability to improve the look, feel and functionality of your 3D printed parts. The new offerings comprise six flexible material palettes, featuring more than 200 vibrant color shades in a wide range of Shore A values and opacities. There are also four new rigid gray and color palettes – three 45-color rigid gray palettes, each combining rigid white (VeroWhite) and black (VeroBlack) with colors, and one 45-hue gray palette with varying levels of translucency. We caught up with Boaz Jacobi, Stratasys Product Marketing Manager, to help illuminate Stratasys’ wonderful world of color and multi-material opportunities. Stratasys Blog: What new possibilities does this extended range of material options bring to additive manufacturing? Jacobi: The Objet500 Connex3, already the most versatile 3D printer on the market, can now leverage over 1,000 color options and virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid and translucent-to-opaque colors in a single print run. This provides true final product realism and versatility in end-to-end applications. Stratasys [...]
Reprinted from http://tcbmag.com/ Ask around about what’s happening with the increasingly talked-about technology called 3-D printing and you’ll hear a barrage of comments that sound like something Isaac Asimov would say: “Did you know you can print canoes?” “They’re printing cars!” “Did you hear about the human heart they made?” “There’s a printer making edible food.” They can sound straight out of sci-fi, but they’re often true. Three-dimensional printing has been around for more than 20 years, but recent advancements have made it easier than ever to use, as inventors look for ways to print more than just the highly durable plastic parts and trinkets in use today. In the near future, food, electrically conductive materials and composites stronger than steel will be able to be printed out in layers, allowing just about anyone anywhere to make a variety of products, ranging from hearing aids and electronic components to a beef tenderloin, medium-rare. A lot of this will be possible thanks to Stratasys, an Eden Prairie company with more than 1,800 employees, considered to be the market leader in 3-D printing. It was one of the first to develop the capacity to print objects back in 1992, to serve primarily industrial [...]