24 07, 2014

Using the Stratasys uPrint / Dimension vs Fortus

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Services, Stratasys, Technology|0 Comments

Working at Cimquest you have a few advantages. A distinct one is having over a dozen top of the line 3D Printers at your disposal. Occasionally that means you get a few slightly unnecessary toys sitting around the office… However, our primary goal is in using the printers to educate. And that leads me to my topic today… uPrint / Dimension vs Fortus This entry concerns the FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) line of printers by Stratasys. Digging a little deeper I will be comparing some, but by no means all, aspects between the Dimension / uPrint printers… And the Fortus printers…   The uPrint and Dimension lines are, mechanically, almost identical. The major differences within the uPrint and Dimension lines are support material, layer resolution, build envelope and ability to print in color. But as far as the hardware and ability to create models, they all have roughly the same performance. The Fortus line, however, is in a league of its own. For many reasons (hardware accuracy, stability, material choices, layer resolution, reliability, repeatability) it is a much higher performance machine. As such it makes sense you would want a way to take [...]

2 07, 2014

Stratasys Case Study – Instrumentation Laboratory

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|Categories: Stratasys, Technology|0 Comments

“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 [...]

16 06, 2014

What is Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion?

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 June 16th, 2014|Categories: Mastercam, Technology|Tags: , |0 Comments

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.

3 06, 2014

How Stratasys Is Leading The Next Industrial Revolution

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:12+00:00 June 3rd, 2014|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Reprinted from 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 [...]

22 05, 2014

The Mastercam X8 Technology Preview is Live!

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:12+00:00 May 22nd, 2014|Categories: Mastercam, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

In late January, CNC Software launched the Mastercam X8 closed Beta program, working with over 200 Beta testers in the customer and Reseller networks. They've gone through four full Beta release cycles, gathering a lot of information and invaluable feedback while working with users and shop-testing the software. The Beta has just been opened to the general Mastercam community. Get started with Mastercam's latest technology now! Click here to learn more and be the next to give Mastercam X8 a test drive!

4 03, 2014

A Handheld 3D Scanner Turning Heads at the Trade Shows

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:12+00:00 March 4th, 2014|Categories: 3D Scanning, Technology|0 Comments

Columbus, Ohio-based company, Knockout Concepts, is developing a mobile 3D Scanner. Their objective is to create the mobile 3D Scanner that can go wherever you go and capture whatever what you see. The 3D Scanner is a first-of-its-kind unit which contains an integrated depth sensor from Primesense, the same technology used in 3D Systems’ own scanning device. As it happens, Knockout used a rapid prototyped version to present at Maker Faire, turning more than just a few heads. Knocking out Concepts The benefit of Knockout Concepts’ product, first demonstrated at Maker Faire 2013, is that it offers complete wireless mobility–no cords are required to tether the user to a laptop. All point cloud data is processed right on the device using a Quad-core ARM CPU/GPU with the 3D scanning being done in real time, right on the touch screen. The content is stored to memory in the scanner with an internal battery that will keep you scanning for 5hrs+ on a single charge.  The product renders a digital file that is suitable for further CAD development, 3D animation or 3D printing. The Technology House (TTH), a product development and rapid prototyping company, first came in contact with Knockout Concepts when [...]

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