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Desktop Metal Introduces a New Material – H13 Tool Steel

H13 Tool Steel

Characterized by its exceptional hot hardness, abrasion resistance, and stability in heat treatment, H13 is a tool steel widely used in both hot and cold work applications.

Tool steel refers to a variety of carbon and alloy steels that are particularly well suited for toolmaking. Their suitability comes from their distinctive hardness, resistance to deformation, and their ability to hold a cutting edge at elevated temperatures. As a result, tool steels are well suited to shape other materials.

H13 is a chromium molybdenum hot work steel well known for its exceptional hot hardness and abrasion resistance, making it ideal for a variety of hot work applications. H13 can also be used in cold work applications thanks to its general hardness and toughness.

  • Mold inserts
  • Extrusion dies
  • Forging dies
  • Sheet metal tooling
  • Stamping tools

H13’s high hardness and toughness make it particularly difficult to machine and often requires specialty holders, cutting tools, low feed rates and conditions. Due to these challenges, H13 parts can be both time consuming and expensive to fabricate. […]

By |September 18th, 2019|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Desktop Metal|0 Comments

Early Bird Pricing for Xpand3D Ending Soon

Don’t miss out on the Xpand3D Early Bird tickets. The Xpand3D event is the Tri State’s premier Design & Manufacturing event that will feature 3D Printing, CAD/CAM, CNC Machining, Machine Tools, 3D Scanning, CMM’s, Reverse Engineering Software, Mold Design, and more. Attend this event to expand your knowledge and experience in the Design through Manufacturing Ecosystem.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain insight by attending some of the 28 unique educational sessions.
  • Network with over 700 peers and industry experts.
  • Enjoy free food and beverages throughout the day.
  • Learn about new technologies such as: 3D Scanning & Inspection, Nexa3D, HP MJF, OnShape Cloud-based CAD, AMT’s Postpro3D, XRize Full-color FFF, Desktop Metal 3D Printers & more.
  • Attend a Mastercam 2020 new release overview.

Early bird tickets are just $30 and this discount opportunity will end on Sept 20th. After that, the price will increase to $60 for advance ticket purchases and $90 for tickets purchased at the door. Don’t miss this chance to save some cash. More details and registration available by clicking […]

By |September 16th, 2019|Events, xpand3D|0 Comments

Introducing Nexa3D

We would like to introduce you to one of the sponsors for the Xpand3D event. This premier Design and Manufacturing event will be taking place Oct 15 – 17 at our Cimquest Headquarters in Branchburg, NJ. More details below, but first let us tell you about Nexa3D.

Nexa3D delivers the fastest industrial-grade stereolithography 3D printers affordable to professionals and businesses of all sizes. The company’s printers are powered by proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology and patented structured light matrix capable of reaching top speeds of 1Z centimeter per minute – drastically reducing 3D printing cycles of precision functional parts from hours to minutes. They will be exhibiting during the Xpand3D event so you will have plenty of opportunities to talk to their experts and learn more about their products. Or you can visit their website at

The Xpand3D event is where companies come to explore modern technology. Hundreds of design and manufacturing professionals gather here to see the latest industry solutions, […]

By |September 13th, 2019|Events, xpand3D|0 Comments

Introducing Avi Reichental Keynote Speaker at Xpand3D

Avi Reichental Avi Reichental (PRNewsfoto/Techniplas)

Avi Reichental is a visionary digital manufacturing specialist, an intrepid entrepreneur and investor, and a thought leader in technological innovation. He will be making a keynote presentation at the Xpand3D event on Oct 17, 2019, at 10:30 am. His presentation is entitled “Unlocking Technology for AM Mass Production Trends” and here’s a brief summary:

The impact of mass customization enabled by additive manufacturing cannot be overstated. Custom athletic shoes and insoles are already disrupting the consumer market, and industry analysts predict that 3D printing will have a significant impact on the $100 billion per year eyewear industry. “Users increasingly expect to be able to purchase eyewear products that are tailor-made for them,” said a market report from SmarTech. In medtech, the market for patient-specific products and implants has tremendous potential. This work presents a revolutionary automated post-processing technology that is driving the customization trend and provides insights on the tools manufacturers need to take advantage of it.

Finishing the Job Beyond Aesthetics! Performance and Sustainability through Automated Post-Processing

During […]

By |September 11th, 2019|Events, xpand3D|0 Comments

Mastercam 2020 Coolant Command Options

Mastercam 2020 Coolant Command Options

This article will show you how to adjust the coolant command options inside of the Machine Definition in Mastercam 2020. Setting up the names for the coolant is important to ensure that programmers and operators know exactly what style of coolant to expect for each tool.

Mastercam 2020 Coolant Command Options

First, select the machine you would like to change and then go to the Machine tab on the Ribbon Bar and select the Machine Definition option.

Mastercam 2020 Coolant Command Options

Click the checkmark in the box that appears and then click on the blue icon which will launch the General Machine Parameters window.

Mastercam 2020 Coolant Command Options

Mastercam 2020 Coolant Command Options

Inside here, click on the Coolant Commands tab.

Mastercam 2020 Coolant Command Options

Now you will see the top checkbox […]

By |September 9th, 2019|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Introducing another Xpand3D Event Sponsor – Paperless Parts

Paperless Parts

We are thrilled to have Paperless Parts as one of the sponsors of the upcoming Xpand3D event taking place in Branchburg, NJ October 15-17, 2019. Paperless Parts is the secure, ITAR registered and compliant cloud-based platform that is revolutionizing manufacturing. The powerful geometric analysis engine unlocks hidden insights and enables job shop manufacturers to modernize and grow their business. Manufacturers use Paperless Parts to increase win rates and reduce time spent on estimating, quoting and order processing. The platform drives manufacturing operations for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, national defense, technology and the private sector.

Jason Ray, the Co-Founder and CEO of Paperless Parts, will be giving a presentation during the Xpand3D event. Jason found his passion for manufacturing while serving in the United States Navy as a supply and logistics officer, where he led advanced manufacturing implementation. He saw the negative impacts associated with ineffective sourcing of short-run production components. When Jason left the Navy, he was determined to solve […]

By |September 6th, 2019|Events, xpand3D|0 Comments
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