We want to share this information because the window is soon closing on the opportunity to get up to $250,000 in cash rebates for startups purchasing new equipment. This equipment includes 3D printing equipment, materials, and service providers. The following article was written by Charles Goulding & Raymond Kumar of www.rdtaxsavers.com. 3D printing is poised to become an integral component of production in a variety of industries, ranging from traditional manufacturing and food processing to laboratories and architectural design. Reasons for integrating 3D printing include cost-reduction, increased efficiencies, and better methods for prototyping. Startups not only developing 3D printers but also utilizing the technology in operations have a unique opportunity to claim up to $250,000 annual in cash rebates as part of the Federal R&D Tax Credit program. To timely monetize the payroll tax credit, startups must file their 2018 income tax returns by the end of Q1 2019. The Research & Development Tax Credit Enacted in 1981, the now permanent Federal Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit allows a credit that typically ranges from 4%-7% of eligible spending for new and improved products and processes. Qualified research must meet the following four criteria: Must be technological in nature Must [...]
Today we are going to introduce Onshape, the first full cloud-based professional 3D CAD system. Onshape has built a 3D professional CAD system and placed it on the cloud instead of tying it to a PC. Why is this so revolutionary, and what are the advantages to this? First, and probably the biggest, you don't have to install the software. Being fully cloud-based, all you have to do is log in via any web browser and you have full access to the latest 3D CAD software release. In addition, updates and patches happen automatically, behind the scenes. This means no IT support required and no software administration headaches. Another advantage is that CAD along with your "working files" are accessible from virtually any device since everything resides in the cloud. Whether you log in via your PC, tablet, or phone, you have full access and can make the needed changes right there and then. No need to wait until you get back to your office PC to make simple changes! Lastly, full cloud-based CAD runs on and stores data on multiple redundant servers. If one has an issue, the other server kicks in and takes over, so that your Onshape [...]
SOLIDWORKS and Control X work really well together in the 3D part inspection world. SOLIDWORKS is one of the leading CAD tools in today’s design and manufacturing world. One of its advantages is that it offers you the opportunity to create a 3D annotated model. This can include things such as explicitly-specified dimensions, tolerances, 3D GD&T, surface texture symbols, finish requirements, and so on. This 3D annotated model is then used to manufacture the part, as well as provides the needed criteria to inspect the part. A part can contain anywhere from several dozen annotations, to several hundred! Wouldn’t it be great to repurpose these annotations, and import them directly into the inspection software, as opposed to recreating all of them one by one? Well, one of the inspection softwares that have this ability is Geomagic Control X. The first step is to add all of the 3D annotations directly to your 3D model. This is a pretty simple process in CAD. Once this is complete, you can open up Geomgagic Control X and use the PMI Wizard to import the 3D annotated model. All of the explicit dimensions and GD&T information will come through with no errors. The last step [...]
There are some new enhancements to the Curves commands in Mastercam 2018. The 2D/3D construction switch will determine if the curves are created on edge or projected to the current construction plane, and there are several new Selection and Filtering options available for both Curve One Edge and Curve All Edges. When curves are created on the 3D face edges in 3D mode the curves stay on the face edges. However, if you switch from 3D to 2D construction mode the curves are projected to the current plane and construction elevation. You can also hold the Shift key and all the tangent edges will be picked with one click. In the Curve All Edges command you can use CTRL and/or Shift to have tangent or matching radii selected instantly. Finally, the option check boxes for Ignore Shared Edges and Only Outside Loops allow you to choose multiple faces and keep just the curves you need without redundant or extra geometry in the results. As you can see, these new options will help get the results you want quickly and reduce your preparation time for making toolpath. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to [...]
There is a fairly new machine on the 3D printing scene, the Rize™ One. Capable of producing parts in a medical grade material, the Rize One sets out to eliminate the common hassles and headaches attributed to post-processing. If you've ever worked with common extrusion-based 3D printers, then you know that a part is typically not finished when it first comes off of the machine. With these systems, support material must be removed after the model comes off the build plate. Many supports can be broken away manually, but sometimes there is usually some resistance in areas that have strong adhesion. Dissolving support can be an option but may involve hazardous materials with special consideration needed for disposal. Regardless of the method, valuable time is added to the process. The Rize One addresses these post-processing obstacles through a patented Process called Augmented Polymer Deposition. APD involves the simultaneous extrusion of thermoplastic and jetting of functional inks. Release ink is jetted between support and model layers to allow for seamless support removal, while a marking ink can be used to print custom text or detailed images on parts. This is great for labeling part iterations, marking fixtures with instructions, or visual [...]
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/bryhnh824m?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Introducing the first office-friendly metal 3D printing solution, the Desktop Metal Studio. Similar to FDM, this system extrudes rods that have metal powder bound within wax and plastic, in a process called Bound Metal Deposition.
By Joel Pollet, Senior Services Specialist Historically, machine shops relied on two items from their customer to fulfill a machining order; a CAD model and an inspection drawing. During my 3 ½ decades in our industry, the high-end, integrated CAD/CAM systems have always been able to convey manufacturing information from CAD to CAM or CAD to CAE. But what about CAD/CAM interfacing, such as Solidworks into Mastercam? These are two completely independent products from independent companies with independent development paths and unrelated requirements. Sharing model geometry is about as far as they go, but times are changing rapidly. Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) offers a way to convey dimensional information, tolerance information, datum information (where applicable), as well as GD&T information between dissimilar systems. There are higher levels of PMI that also support the transfer of other types of attributes or non-geometric information (part number, manufacturer, etc.). If the designer of a part can convey all of this information to their machine shop partners as embedded PMI within the CAD model, wouldn’t that make the shop much more efficient by having one less document to manage and also offer a far less ambiguous way to present dimensional information? Most modern day [...]
http://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/3c51q65nhw?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Foundations of Metal Cutting Series - In this video, we explain Surface Feet per Minute along with tips on how to optimally run SFM in your machining jobs. [separator style_type="single" top_margin="10" bottom_margin="5" sep_color="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center" class="" id=""]