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28 06, 2017

Simultaneous Synchronized Scanning

By | 2017-12-22T08:35:53+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: 3D Scanning, Tech Tips|0 Comments

This blog post is going to show you how to scan a mid-size part with tiny features. When scanning a model, you're usually faced with the decision of using a scanner that either has a large scan envelope and good resolution, or a scanner that has a small scan envelope with high resolution. But what if you needed the best of both worlds, that is, to capture both a larger part with small fine details? One way to achieve this is to run two scanners simultaneously, and synchronize them to the same turntable. The Geomagic's Capture scanner has an accuracy of about .0035" and is good for scanning mid-size objects. When scanning a model, it's able to pick up the majority of the geometry, but the small fine features get washed out. This is where simultaneous synchronized scanning comes in. You can synchronize Geomagic's Mini-Capture scanner to the same turntable that is aligned to the Capture scanner. The Mini-Capture has a smaller scan envelope, but an impressive accuracy of about .0015." This is what is needed for capturing the fine details on a small part. To run the scans simultaneously, press the Scan button and the turntable moves. Each scanner [...]

26 06, 2017

Install Tutorial – Mastercam 2018

By | 2017-12-28T09:12:09+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: CQTV, MC 2018 Video Series|0 Comments   It is that time of the year again! Summer is back and with it comes the launch of Mastercam 2018. This install tutorial will walk you through the steps of installing the new update on your workstation.  

26 06, 2017

Mastercam Dynamic Point & Line Normal Functions

By | 2017-12-22T08:36:35+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Mastercam 2017 includes a great enhancement to the dynamic point and line normal functions. In previous versions, both tools were part of the same command and switching between them could be confusing. In Mastercam 2017 these functions have been separated into separate functions, which makes both Point Dynamic and Line Normal much easier to use. The dynamic point tool in Mastercam X9 is straightforward, but adjusting the controls for line normal involves several clicks and inputs. Opening the same file in Mastercam 2017 you will notice how the two commands are clearly separated. There are two separate areas where you will access Dynamic Point and Line Normal. Simply create points when you need or switch to the Line Normal command with a single click. This enhancement to the user interface for these commands makes both of these functions much more user-friendly. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. Sign Up

23 06, 2017

Infinite Build 3D Printer

By | 2017-06-23T08:49:34+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

There’s a revolutionary new technology in 3D printing called the Stratasys Infinite Build. 3D printing has provided a means to produce highly accurate parts in a variety of build sizes. With production machines like the Fortus 900 and Objet 1000, industry leaders in both aerospace and automotive have been able to experiment with increasingly larger prototypes and production parts. Nonetheless, there has always been a ceiling (or cap) on the size of a part making 3D printing infeasible for certain processes. With the new Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator, we're provided a glimpse of what the future could hold for 3D printing in manufacturing. Developed for large part production, the Infinite-Build is designed to address the uncompromising requirements of aerospace, automotive and other industries. Based on proven FDM technology, the demonstrator can generate large, lightweight, thermoplastic parts with repeatable mechanical properties. Rather than printing layer by layer in an enclosed build chamber, the solution uses an infinite-build approach by literally turning the 3D printer on its side with an open chamber. Parts are printed on a vertical plane, resulting in practically unlimited part size in the build direction. The Inifinite build uses micro pellets the size of a grain of sand rather [...]

21 06, 2017

Geomagic Design X

By | 2017-12-22T08:39:04+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Categories: 3D Scanning|0 Comments

With Geomagic Design X software you can easily produce a fully featured, editable, native CAD model, directly from a scan. What is Design X? Design X software is a tool that enables you to recognize geometrical features on a scan, utilize them to create CAD features, then transfer that tree of features directly out to the feature tree of your CAD system. Let’s break this process up into three stages: Auto Segment, Feature Extraction, & LiveTransfer to CAD. Auto Segment Auto Segment in Design X allows you to split the polygonal mesh into regions, created by grouping adjacent polygons with similar curvature. As you hover your mouse over each region, Design X displays the geometric shapes that have been identified, like a plane, cylinder, cone, etc. Feature Extraction Once you have all your geometrical regions mapped out, your next step is to extract and create the CAD sketches and features. To do this, start a mesh sketch either directly on a planar region, or a CAD plane, then offset the plane to the location where you want to extract a slice of the polygonal mesh. At this point you will be creating your 2D Sketch entities. You can use that [...]

19 06, 2017

Mastercam Spline Editing – Mastercam 2017

By | 2017-12-28T09:12:48+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: CQTV, MC 2017 Video Series|0 Comments   Spline Re-fit cleans up spline data resulting in smoother surfaces. Un-trim Spline returns a spline back to its untrimmed state, and the new blend option adds more control to corner smoothing.  

16 06, 2017

CPI Aerostructures Uses FDM 3D Printing for Custom Tooling

By | 2017-12-22T08:40:03+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg|0 Comments

Reprint from www.additivemanufacturing Adding an FDM 3D printer enabled a producer of subassemblies for aircraft to bypass traditional tooling solutions on many custom tools and bring much of this work in-house. Cimquest customer, CPI Aerostructures was in a good position in 2013. After years as a small business providing subassemblies almost exclusively for military aircraft, the company was experiencing a massive growth spurt. Sparked by an influx of both commercial and military work, the company had grown from about 20 employees to nearly 300 in just a few years, and recently moved across the street from its original facility to a larger 171,000-square-foot space on New York’s Long Island. But CPI’s ability to meet its custom tooling needs hadn’t kept pace with this growth. The company’s niche is assembly, work that requires jigs, fixtures, check gages and other custom items. Because CPI does not produce discrete parts, its in-house machining capacity is limited to a small tooling department operating manual equipment. Historically, all custom tooling was made by this department or farmed out to local machine shops. Faced with ever-increasing demand for custom tooling on the assembly floor, the company had to make a choice: A) Continue to outsource this [...]

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