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Blog with 2 Columns2017-12-20T08:55:50-05:00

Digital Manufacturing Tools Are Enabling Growth in Patient-specific Design

There are significant advantages to using patient-specific medical devices, from improving patient outcomes1 to lowering healthcare costs2. But for a long time, expensive and complicated production processes presented a major obstacle to the wider adoption of this approach. That's changed with the advancement of digital manufacturing. Novel technologies, such as 3D printing, 3D scanning and software for organic 3D design – to name a few – have taken the efficiency and speed of patient-specific design to a whole new level. Another thing that these diverse technologies have made possible is the consolidation of all stages of the patient-specific design workflow into a streamlined process. The outcome: a rapid rise of patient-specific design. In this article, we dive into this burgeoning area. We examine the digital tools that play a central role in patient-specific design, their place in the workflows, and developments on the horizon. 1. Data collection With respect to patient-specific design, data collection refers to acquiring data about the patient’s anatomy or physiology through medical imaging and 3D scanning. Medical Imaging Medical image segmentation is essential for creating the accurate 3D models that allow physicians to perform surgical planning, create patient-specific product designs, recognize complex patterns or isolate regions of interest. These [...]

By |July 12th, 2024|3d Scanning & Reverse Engineering|

Mastercam and SkillsUSA Helping to Solve the Skilled Workforce Shortage

For more than 25 years, Mastercam has partnered with SkillsUSA to provide technology, support, and resources to ensure every SkillsUSA participant is learning the cutting-edge skills they’ll need to succeed. The partnership is no accident. Mastercam’s mission is to create software and services that solve the world’s manufacturing challenges, and one of the world’s biggest manufacturing challenges is a lack of skilled workers. Partnering with an organization whose vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world makes even more sense now than it did all those years ago. “SkillsUSA is a great opportunity for young machinists,” said Patrick Aiple, Technical Support/Instructor at Mastercam reseller CAD/CAM CONSULTING SERVICES INC. (CCCS), San Diego, CA. “This country must prepare employees for the future. We need machinists.” Aiple served as an advisor and judge for California’s recent SkillsUSA state competition in Ontario. He is a past WorldSkills International competitor and a WorldSkills Germany CNC Milling champion. Mastercam’s relationship with SkillsUSA has grown over time. What started with free software and educational materials has evolved to include active participation in technical planning and competition committees, as well as working with state-level directors to ensure they have adequate resources. Many technical schools have full licenses [...]

By |July 9th, 2024|Mastercam|

Programming your CMM from within Mastercam

Most CMM’s will ship with a language-based CMM programming software package that is powerful but very time-consuming to learn and challenging to master. It is therefore very common for job shops and manufacturing facilities to have just a single CMM programmer who has gone through the painstaking efforts of becoming proficient with the software. But what happens when that person goes on vacation, is out sick, or leaves the company? Many shops own very expensive CMM’s that are either very underutilized due to the challenges associated with CMM programming or worse, are sitting completely idle. Introducing the Universal CMM (UCMM) from Verisurf Corporation The UCMM enables any CMM to be programmed and run from within the Mastercam Design environment, thereby opening the doors to convert any Mastercam CNC Programmer into a CMM programmer in no time at all! All of the CMM’s functionality is fully supported through the UCMM, including; probe calibrations, multiple part alignment techniques, Indexing heads, probe changers, joysticks, tactile scanning, and more. The UCMM is also a ‘codeless’ CMM programming system. Therefore all programming and execution of a CMM program takes place from within the graphical Mastercam environment. Post Processors, as required for CNC programming, are not needed for CMM [...]

By |July 8th, 2024|Metrology Minute|

What’s New in Geomagic Design X 2024.2

A new version of Geomagic Design X has been release and is now available for you to download and try out. Here are the most important changes and new feature highlights in Geomagic Design X 2024.2: Important notice about plug-ins The following plug-ins have been removed from the built-in plug-in list: Geomagic Capture AICON Konica Minolta VIVID Konica Minolta RANGE5/RANGE7 You can find the instructions for using these hardware plug-ins for scanning on the Oqton Software Support Community and the instructions for the PMT Probe Plug-Ins here. Auto Sketch improvements There are a few updates to make sketching more intuitive and user-friendly. Improved precision in Sewing and Fitting Auto Sketches The algorithm for connecting and sewing Line-Line and Line-Arc auto sketches has been enhanced, ensuring greater accuracy in the precise alignment of sewing results. Now, sewing auto sketches center the results between two connection points, prioritize initial fitting results, apply constraints, and prevent the insertion of new sketches. Additionally, the criteria for fitting arcs at lower angles into lines has been readjusted for improved fitting accuracy. Sewing results in Geomagic Design X 2024.2.0 (left) compared to the sewing results in Geomagic Design X 2024.1.0 (on the right) Please note that these [...]

By |July 3rd, 2024|3d Scanning & Reverse Engineering|

Mastercam 2025 Now Available

10 Mastercam 2025 Features You Need to Know Mastercam 2025 is here to elevate your machining experience! Increase your machining performance and reduce overall production costs with powerful toolpaths, turning enhancements, and more. Here are the top 10 new Mastercam 2025 features – and how they can help your shop. 1. Deburr 3-Axis The Deburr 3-Axis Add-On toolpath simplifies the deburring process through automatic edge detection and intuitive controls. It was created so that users can take advantage of the streamlined Deburr cycle in a 3-axis environment without a Multiaxis license. 2. Finishing Passes Mastercam 2025 introduces the ability to add Finish Passes to 2D Dynamic Mill and Area Mill toolpaths. Use the new Finish Passes page to add high speed finishing passes along the selected boundaries of the toolpath. Other parameters on the page allow you to further define the finish pass, such as feed rate and spindle speed overrides. 3. Thread Mill Enhancements Various enhancements have been added such as Speed/Feed Override for Lead In/Out which provides better control during entry moves, which promotes better tool life and more accurate machining of threads. Gradual Lead In/Out provides more control over the tool during engagement and disengagement. And the new Tool Edge [...]

By |July 1st, 2024|Mastercam|

MAG Orthotics: Transforming Insole Production with 3D Printing Technology

MAG Orthotics, based in Sheffield, UK, is at the forefront of revolutionizing the orthotic and podiatry industry through the adoption of advanced 3D printing technology. By partnering with Additive-X and Fit360, the company is moving away from traditional manufacturing methods, aiming to enhance efficiency, sustainability, and product quality through a fully digital workflow. Challenges in Traditional Orthotics Manufacturing The orthotic industry has long relied on conventional manufacturing processes, which are often labor-intensive and time-consuming. Traditional methods typically involve manual casting and molding, which not only require significant time and labor but also produce substantial material waste. This approach has made it difficult for companies to scale their operations efficiently and sustainably. Some orthotists and podiatrists still send a physical foam impression box (FIB) to MAG Orthotics. FIBs must first be scanned, adding time over a purely digital workflow. Moreover, the bespoke nature of orthotic products means that each insole must be custom-made to fit the unique contours of a patient’s foot. This customization adds another layer of complexity and potential for error in the traditional manufacturing process. MAG Orthotics uses Fit360 software to design their insoles. Embracing 3D Printing for Efficiency and Precision Recognizing the limitations of [...]

By |June 28th, 2024|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, FormLabs|
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