Monthly Best – March 2015

March 30th, 2015

Don’t miss any of our articles from March. Catch up now with our Monthly Best – March 2015 recap.

1.Stratasys Awarded Patent for Concealing Seams within the 3D Printing Process

Stratasys, which relies heavily on their Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers for a large part of their business, via their Fortus and uPrint lines of machines, in addition to the machines sold by their consumer-targeted subsidiary MakerBot, realizes the importance of the continued success of FDM technology within the market. Clearly they have been working on methods to improve the output of such printing methods.

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2. SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Proceedings Website Now Available 

Watch breakout session videos, download breakout session PowerPoints and check out photos from this year’s event. Also, view the 2015 highlights video and videos from general session each day. Don’t forget – SOLIDWORKS World 2016 is January 31!

SOLIDWORKS World Website

3.What’s Your Favorite Update In SOLIDWORKS 2015?

Each October, SOLIDWORKS  releases a major upgrade to their software. In these upgrades are hundreds of improvements, many gathered from user feedback. Of all the improvements each year, I am always surprised at how some seemingly small upgrade garners so many ‘hurrahs’ at our rollout events.

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4. What’s (hopefully) New In SolidWorks 2016

Here is a compilation of a bunch of WHAT’S (hopefully) NEW in SolidWorks 2016 that was shown at SolidWorks World 2015 in Phoenix this past February. Some of it makes sense just reading it and some of it you had to see.

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5. Printing a 3-D heart to save a heart

Learn how 3DVision Technologies Customer, the University of Cincinnati and their Objet260 Connex 2 3D printer is helping to save lives.

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Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

What’s (hopefully) New In SolidWorks 2016

March 26th, 2015

Here is a compilation of a bunch of WHAT’S (hopefully) NEW in SolidWorks 2016 that was shown at SolidWorks World 2015 in Phoenix this past February. Some of it makes sense just reading it and some of it you had to see. I also say “hopefully” because there of course is the chance that ANY of these could get dropped from the software between now and when SolidWorks 2016 gets released in October. Some of these are really great, time saving enhancements as you can see from my excitement !!!!!

24 Possible New Features for SolidWorks 2016

1. Hide/Show Main Planes
2. Select Sketch Mid Point without a Rt+Clk !!!!!
3. Sketch Context Toolbar Stays Visible even after moving away !!!!
4. Plane For Pattern Direction
5. Convert Entities – Internal Loops
6. Hide/Show Bodies w/ Tab Key
7. Bi-Directional Sweep
8. Flatten Surface Enhancements (new functionality in SW2015)
9. SolidWorks PDM Standard !!!!!
10. Extended Quickmates
11. Toolbox Favorites Folder
12. Copy & Paste Mate Support
13. Copy With Mates Enhancements
14. Change Toolbox Fastener Type
15. Rename Part !!!!!!!
16. Drawings – Direct Scale Change
17. Drawings – Nested Balloon Sorting
18. eDrawings – Spin About Screen Center
19. eDrawings – Tabbed Documents/Multi Window
21. PhotoView360 Scene Illumination Proof Sheets
22.User Interface REVAMP – “Modern Look” (you mean “boring, bland, 1990’s cad look”???)
23. Child Feature Reference
24. Breadcrumbs

Be sure to participate in the SolidWorks 2016 BETA program starting around June or July!!

Continue to Check out our Events Page for our upcoming SolidWorks 2016 Rollout Events

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Material Models for Simulation Premium

March 20th, 2015

What Material Model should be used for a specific

Non-Linear Study?

A commonly asked question is what material model should be used for a specific Non-Linear Study?  The answer is divided into three parts.

1. What is the material in the design(Steel, Rubber, Plastic, etc.)?

2. What is happening to the material(remain elastic, plastically deform etc.)?

3. What material property data is available for the material?

Material Choice in Design

Lets discuss material choice first.  Typically metals are characterized as a linear material and act as such.  Linear materials are simplified to behave predictably under specific loading criteria.  For Linear materials the Elastic Modulus, Poisons Ratio, and Yield Strength are all assumed to be constants.  Rubber, Plastics and Composites are accepted as Non-Linear materials and immediately require more than fixed material values.  As a rule of thumb the fore mentioned grouping holds true as long as the loading conditions dictate as such.

What is Happening to the Material?

What happens to the material under load?  What happens to the material during loading is as much a factor as the original material choice when specifying a material model.  Metals typically operate with a portion of the stress strain curve known as the elastic region.  The elastic region is typically from zero stress/strain to the yield point.  The slope of this line is the Elastic Modulus. When a load is applied and then removed the geometry will return to a zero state of stress and strain.  However what happens when the model moves beyond yield.  The once Linear Material is now Non-Linear and requires a defined Stress Strain Curve.  The Stress Strain Curve dictates how the material behaves under load beyond yield. Plastics, Rubbers, and composites are already Non-Linear and require a Stress Strain curve for their definition as the linear region of their curves either does not exist or is very small.

Stress Strain

The information assumed about the material helps determine what material model can be utilized within simulation.  For some materials a simple stress strain curve is not enough and one or more of the simple tension, bi-axial tension and shear test curves is required.

 What material property data is available for the material?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium contains several different material mathematical models to choose from, and covers a wide range of options to best suite the analysis being ran. Please consult the Simulation technical reference guide and help file for more information on the models and their uses.

Simulation Material Choices

A general list of materials models and its use is below.

Elastic Models: Geometry Returns To It’s Original Position After Loading

Linear Elastic Isotropic –        Linear Material with properties the same in all directions x,y,and z

Linear Elastic Orthotropic-   Linear Material with properties different in the x,y, and z directions

Non-Linear Elastic-                Non-Linear Material with elastic properties (require a stress/strain curve)

Elasto- Plastic Models: Geometry Can Plasticity Deform When Loaded and Unloaded

Plasticity von Mises-              Studies von Mises Stress values, Goes Beyond Yield

Plasticity Tresca-                    Uses Shear Criteria and more conservative than von Mises formalization

Plasticty Drucker Prager-      Approximates Granular soil

Hyper Elastic Elastomers: Large Capacity To Take Strain With Relatively Low Stress Require a combination of the three curves mentioned above.

Mooney-Rivlin(M-R)-            In-compressible Strain up to 150% derived from 3 curves

Ogden(OHE)-                          In-compressible Strain up to 500-600%

Blatz-Ko-                                   Compressible Poisson’s Ratio is assumed to be 0.25

Simulation Premium also offers a Nitinol Model and a Viscoelastic for specific applications.

The above is meant to be a general guide as to what material model to choose for specific applications.  Three main factors are involved when choosing a material model, the material itself, loading conditions/application, and the material properties.

Click Here to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium. 

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

What’s Your Favorite Update In SOLIDWORKS 2015?

March 13th, 2015

Each October, SOLIDWORKS  releases a major upgrade to their software. In these upgrades are hundreds of improvements, many gathered from user feedback. Of all the improvements each year, I am always surprised at how some seemingly small upgrade garners so many ‘hurrahs’ at our rollout events.

For instance, last year (2014), the ‘Displaying Annotation Notes in Uppercase’ option in drawings, with the ability to force ALL CAPITAL LETTERS to be displayed for note text and custom property values was a big winner.

It turns out that I can put myself in the mix. In SOLIDWORKS 2015, one of my favorite updates has been ‘Open Model in Position’. This is great because when you are in an assembly and want to open a part in it’s own window, it will be opened in the new window with the same view position and orientation as it had in the assembly window. No more reorienting the model back to where it was in the assembly!

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Open model in position

Part opens in new window:

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Open model in position - part

What about you? Let’s hear which SOLIDWORKS 2015 update is your favorite.

Chris Snider

Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Up to 27% Savings on SolidWorks Products

March 9th, 2015

Get More Productivity for Less March is a Great Time to Save on SOLIDWORKS

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Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) Has Been Released

March 9th, 2015

With SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP2, MBD was released at the same time.  Well what is MBD?  It is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution.  Instead of creating a typical 2D drawing, all of the needed information is placed on the 3D model.  This helps reduce errors, increases production efficiency, and support industry standards.

You might wonder how this increases production efficiency.  It will make your process more efficient because there is not a need for 2D drawing files.  All of the information is already on the 3D file so why not use it?  The point of a 2D drawing file was to communicate to manufacturing on what the final item should look like.  This has been the main delivery.  A majority of the time it took to create the 2D drawing is now saved.

2D-3D

So you might be thinking that I still need to have dimensions and add notes so that will take a bunch of time.  All the time I am saving from the 2D drawing is being placed on the 3D model.  That’s not the case and leads me into the reduction of errors.  SOLIDWORKS MBD uses a tool that has been in SOLIDWORKS since 2008; DimXpert.  DimXpert is extremely powerful in creating PMI.  It has the ability to automatically create the manufacturing dimensions with tolerance on the 3D model.

dimxpert

But the reduction of errors comes with the ability to check all the faces for a dimension and tolerance by changing the face color.

SOLIDWORKS MBD’s main job is to organize all of the PMI data.  It does this by creating custom views to represent specific dimensions.  With 2D drawings you have multiple views with specific dimensions.  You do the same process with MBD by creating custom 3D views.  The helps deliver the intended information to production with less confusion.

3dviews

How is the information delivered to production?  You have 2 options which are industry standards.  You can save the information to eDrawings or a 3D PDF.  The 3D PDF is fully customizable to match your requirements.

MBD 3DPDF

I feel MBD is a great way to save time, reduce errors, and communicate easier with manufacturing.  If you would like more information or would like to see a demo, please contact 3DVision @ 1-800-745-3136 or click here.

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Monthly Best – February 2015

February 27th, 2015

Don’t miss any of our articles from February. Catch up now with our Monthly Best – February 2015 recap.

1. Dassault Systèmes Launches SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design

Unveiled at the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 conference in Phoenix, Arizona, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design embraces the social, conceptual and collaborative design world in today’s age of experience.  The application accelerates the product design process by providing engineers with an intuitive cloud-based tool to design and collaborate on complex organic shapes—from concept to final product—anytime, anywhere.

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2.Stratasys Deepens Foothold in China, Buys Out Assets of Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd.

Stratasys has turned their attention toward China, enough so that they have bought out partner Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd (ICT) and look to be taking over operations with an expanded local team that they hope to use to gain deeper and better insight into the needs of their base in China.

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3. 3DVision Technologies Customer IMMI featured on Good Morning America and Nightline

Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. or IMMI  is an industry leader in design, testing, and manufacturing of advanced safety systems. Recently they joined the Nationwide debate on seatbelt requirements on school buses and have been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and Nightline.

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4. Katy Perry’s ‘Prismatic’ World Tour Lights Up with Stratasys 3D Printed Mohawks

Stratasys technology lights up Katy Perry’s “Prismatic” World Tour with vibrantly colored 3D printed mohawks made by special effects team Legacy Effects.

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5. Introducing 3DCC Professional Supplier Services

3D ContentCentral Professional Supplier Services was announced today on the main stage and will be available on the new 3D ContentCentral in the summer of 2015. Now, Supplier Services on 3D ContentCentral provides unrivaled capabilities to create and post a dynamic online catalog using a simple, intuitive publishing tool.

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SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2015 Presentations

February 26th, 2015

Did you miss our presentations this year at SOLIDWORKS World? Check out the 3DVision Technologies presentations from SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2015, presented by our award winning engineers.

Hands-On Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Routing (Tubing/Conduit/Piping Only)

Have you heard about SOLIDWORKS Routing/Piping capabilities but never used them? This session will give you hands-on exposure to what SOLIDWORKS can do to help you in the world of Tubing, Conduit, and Piping applications.

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3DVison Technologies Presenter:

Randy Simmons SOLIDWORKS World 2015

Randy Simmons

SolidWorks Elite Application Engineer

Randy Simmons has over 18 years in the CAD/CAM industry working for several leading companies. He is a CSWE who has been demoing, implementing, and training people in SOLIDWORKS for the past 13 years.


Deliver Interactive, 3D, Step-by-Step Instruction Sets with Composer

This session will show how to use SOLIDWORKS Composer to create 3D, interactive animations that can be used as step-by-step instructions for product assembly, repair, or training. It will also demonstrate how to deliver the animations using the free Composer Player.

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3DVision Technologies Presenter:

 

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Chris Snider

Application Engineer Lead- Project Management

Chris Snider is an application engineer for 3DVision Technologies, a Certified Composer Professional, and CSWE. He has shared his knowledge of Composer and SOLIDWORKS via demos, training, and support in Kentucky and Indiana for the past five years.


 

5½ Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with SOLIDWORKS EPDM’s BOMs

This will be a fast-paced presentation of many useful tips and tricks of EPDM’s named and calculated bill material creation, management, and distribution. Learn about calculated BOMs, BOM overrides, updating data cards from the BOM table, comparing BOMs, formatting BOM when exported to Excel, named BOMs, their creation, and editing, updating, and pushing them through workflows—bridging the gap between engineering and procurement.

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3DVision Technologies Presenter:

Jeff Sweeney SOLIDWORKS World 2015

Jeff Sweeney

Engineering Data Specialist

Jeff Sweeney has been teaching, implementing, and customizing EPDM for over eight years, using SOLIDWORKS since 1995

 

Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Favorite Materials

February 20th, 2015

I like simple UI changes that save time.  The favorite materials list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 is one new example.  We’ve been creating custom lists of our favorite materials in SOLIDWORKS for some time now.  How long?  Well, I had to go back through all of the What’s New PDFs to find out.  The Materials Editor Property Manager was added in SOLIDWORKS 2004!  This screen capture shows what we’re used to seeing in our SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree for adding materials with a simple right-click.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Favorite Materials List

If you are following the best practice of applying a material to your part files, the material definition is automatically transferred into your finite element model.  If you are not following the best practice, then you must assign a material within Simulation.  Prior to SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015, you would have to open the Materials Editor and then make your selection.  Now you can be faster with assigning materials by having access to your material favorites list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Look for the Favorites tab in the Materials Editor Property Manager to customize your list of often used materials.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Favorite Materials List

This list of your favorite materials will show up on your right-click menu, both when working with your part files and your Simulation studies.  Here is what you now will see with SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – a highly customized favorite material list!

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Favorite Materials List

Be sure to check out this new feature and many others in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015.  Now go make your products better with SolidWorks Simulation!

Bill Reuss

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Fused Deposition Modeling FAQ’s

February 17th, 2015

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, invented by Stratasys, builds professional-quality models, prototypes and parts in a range of production-grade thermoplastics. It is easy to use, reliable, clean and office friendly. Learn more with some of the most frequently asked questions answered!

fused deposition modeling stratasys

1. What file format do I need to process a part for my Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) system?

The Short Answer — FDM requires the use of an STL file.

The Extended Version — The process of 3D printing begins with a 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) model. After the 3D model is created, it is exported as an STL file. The STL file is then imported into one of two Stratasys software program, Insight or Catalyst, depending on the intended printer. Within the Stratasys software, the user will determine the tool path for the 3D printer to create the model made from durable thermoplastics.

2. What materials are offered when using a Stratasys FDM 3D Printer?

The Short Answer — Fused deposition modeling technology uses thirteen different thermoplastics.

The Extended Version — Stratasys offers ten different types of thermoplastics, which are dependent on the 3D printer. Each material has unique properties to fit the need of a variety of applications. For a complete list of materials click here.

3. Can I print a model with multiple colors?

The Short Answer — Yes

The Extended Version — FDM allows users the choice of multiple colors throughout a single part. Using Stratasys proprietary software, a user can add a pause between any layers of a build. When the machine is paused the operator can load a canister of a different color and resume building on top of the previous color. This can only be done with various colors of the same material, and only on 3D Printers that use Insight Software.

4. Can we print hollowed or partially filled models for cost/weight reduction?

The Short Answer — Yes, when processing your parts in Catalyst or Insight you can create different internal properties to allow for less material to be used.

The Extended Version — Catalyst software which comes with the purchase of a uPrint or Dimension 3D Printer allows users to choose the model interior make up. There are three options: Solid, Sparse – high density, and Sparse – low density.

Insight software which comes with the purchase of a Fortus3D Production System allows users to modify the interior model with solid and sparse fills as well, creating a custom fill by using advanced tools within the software.

5. What 3D printers are compatible with FDM Thermoplastics?

The Short Answer — There are eleven different 3D printers compatible with fused deposition modeling Thermoplastics.

The Extended Version — The following printers are FDM complatible,  click the links to learn more.

 

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Ask us anything related to FDM or 3D Printing by Contacting Us or Tweet us your question using #Ask3DV.

Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

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