New Objet30 Prime 3D Printer

November 17th, 2014

Objet30 Prime The World’s Most Versatile Desktop 3D Printer

3D print your biggest ideas right on your desktop with the ultimate in precision and versatility.  The Objet30 Prime is the only desktop 3D printer in the world that works with 12 materials and gives you specialized properties like flexibility and biocompatibility.

12 3D Printing Materials on Your Desktop

Explore new possibilities for desktop 3D printing. Print precise consumer-product prototypes with smooth surfaces and flexible components. Use Rubber material to prototype gaskets, plugs and seals. 3D print usable medical implements – like ear forms or surgical guides – that require prolonged contact with skin.

The Objet30 Prime also delivers versatility with three print modes: high-quality, high-speed, and new draft mode, a fast, economical mode exclusive to the Prime. Try out even your boldest ideas in three dimensions, from the moment of inspiration to late-stage design reviews.

Whatever you’re 3D printing, the Objet30 Prime’s productivity, quiet operation and small footprint will make it a welcome addition to your office.

Materials

The Objet30 Prime offers the broadest range of materials available on a desktop system, including:

  • Rigid Opaque materials (Vero family) with great dimensional stability and detail visualization in white, gray, blue and black
  • Transparent (RGD720 and VeroClear), for producing clear models with great dimensional stability and surface smoothness
  • High Temperature (RGD525) for advanced functional testing, hot air and water flow, and static applications
  • Simulated Polypropylene (RGD450 & RDG430) offers toughness and durability to create smooth prototypes with living hinges, flexible closures and snap-fit parts
  • Rubber (Tango Gray or Tango Black) suitable for a range of applications requiring flexibility or non-slip surfaces
  • Bio-compatible (MED610) suitable for medical and dental products including dental delivery trays, surgical orthopedic guides and hearing aids

Objet30 Prime

 

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Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Customer Spotlight- Cryogenic Equipment and Services Inc.

November 14th, 2014

SOLIDWORKS Professional Cuts Cryogenic Equipment and Services Inc. production time in half

“We love the cold.”

That’s the greeting over the front door at Cryogenic Equipment Services (CES), Inc. While many may feel differently about the outdoor temperature, most people adore the frozen foods that are created with CES industrial freezing and production chilling equipment. In addition to making the equipment used to produce ice cream cakes, frozen pizzas, and heat-and-serve entrees, CES is a leading manufacturer of cryogenic freezers for pharmaceutical and metal treatment Dent applications.

CES products fall within three categories: linear tunnels, through which product travels along a conveyor sprayed with liquid nitrogen; spiral freezers, which are driven by belt-and-drum systems to keep product continuously moving; and walk- in batch freezers. Designing and manufacturing all three types of chilling equipment requires large-assembly design and production, and sheet metal design and fabrication solutions.

Until 2007, CES used AutoCAD® 2D design tools. However,as demand for custom-designed systems, shorter lead times, and greater accuracy grew, so did the company’s need for a 3D development platform. “Growing the company required faster design and production, particularly with how we handle sheet metal,” explains Design Engineer Ed Scheid. “Roughly 80 percent of what we do is sheet metal work, and by moving to a 3D system, CES anticipated that designing parts, making flat patterns, and laser-cutting pieces would be faster, more accurate, and less costly.”

The CES facility in Cincinnati followed its parent company in Belgium, which had moved to SOLIDWORKS® Professional design software. “Our colleagues in Belgium chose SOLIDWORKS because it’s easy to use, has robust sheet metal design and fabrication capabilities, and includes advanced design visualization tools,” Scheid notes.

“We also recognized the value of using SOLIDWORKS visuals to facilitate our sales process,” Scheid adds.

ACCELERATING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH PRODUCTION

Since implementing SOLIDWORKS Professional software, CES has cut the time from initial design through final production in half. In addition to realizing productivity gains in sheet metal design and fabrication, the manufacturer has experienced improvements in developing large assemblies and resolving potential clearance issues.

“Some of our freezers total 10,000 parts,” Scheid points out. “Whether we’re working with 2,000 or 10,000 part assemblies,  SOLIDWORKS gives us the tools we need to accelerate large-assembly design. Our products are different for every customer, and the improvements we’ve seen with assembly and sheet metal design allow us to deliver products faster and of more consistent quality.”

IMPROVED ACCURACY SAVES TIME AND MATERIAL

Using SOLIDWORKS sheet metal design tools, CES has not only carved time from its development process, but is also maximizing material usage, reducing scrap and rework. Because sheet metal parts are more accurate with SOLIDWORKS, the company has greater confidence in its flat patterns and has eliminated grinding and retrofitting operations on the shop floor.

“When I design a sheet metal part in SOLIDWORKS, it’s probably within a couple thousandths of an inch of what I design it to be, so that when it comes off the laser and gets bent, there is very little scrap and we can weld everything up exactly,” Scheid stresses. “Instead of just putting one large flat pattern on a sheet, we can add other smaller pieces. Because we know the parts are very accurate, we can use the material more effectively.

“What we see on the screen in SOLIDWORKS is exactly what the part is going to be,” Scheid continues. “If it fits in SOLIDWORKS, we know that it fits. That confidence really speeds up our manufacturing operations.”

LEVERAGING THE SOLIDWORKS COMMUNITY

By subscribing to the SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, CES realizes  additional benefits from the extensive and growing SOLIDWORKS Community. “With the SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you’re not just buying the software,” Scheid points out. “You’re buying access to great reseller support, active user groups, and the expansive SOLIDWORKS online community, all of which are extremely valuable. You’re buying a community and a network of experienced users and support, which provides big peace of mind that can help you get through any fears related to transitioning to 3D.

“The Subscription Service also provides regular software updates, bug fixes, and enhancements to the SOLIDWORKS design solution,” Scheid adds. “If you run into a problem, you’re not stuck working with it for an entire year waiting for a fix because SOLIDWORKS provides necessary updates through the Subscription Service.”

 

Learn More about SOLIDWORKS here.

 

SOLIDWORKS Cryogenic Equipment and Services

Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Objet Connex 3D Printers

November 12th, 2014

objet connex 3d printer family

Build Precise Multi-Material Prototypes

Simulate the precise look, feel and function of sophisticated finished products. Combine as many as 14 material properties in a single model — and turn your most inspired ideas into realistic prototypes, fast.

120 Material Properties

With Connex multi-material 3D printers, assembly is optional. Future products to be built or assembled from two or more materials can be realistically 3D printed in one fast process and critically evaluated early in the design cycle. Each Connex system offers 16-micron layer accuracy in a range of 120 materials, so you can capture every detail.

Dual-jetting technology lets you take advantage of Digital Materials produced by combining two base resins in specific concentrations and structures. Mimic the durability and heat resistance of ABS plastic, or test designs that require functionally graded materials. Digital Materials let you incorporate a range of hardnesses, opacities, shades or thermal properties into a single model for striking, true-to-life prototypes.


 New Objet260

Objet 260

Objet260 Connex1

They say you can’t rush perfection, but the Objet260 Connex 3D Printer will give your products a running start. With PolyJet precision and the ability to combine two or three base resins in a single print job, you can simulate overmolding, generate three-material prototypes, or produce trays of assorted models in hours – not days or weeks.

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Objet260 Connex2

The Objet260 Connex2 3D printer puts the power and possibility of triple-jetting technology in a footprint that fits your office environment. With 120 materials to choose from, you can turn your 3D designs into impressive, high-precision prototypes.

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Objet260 Connex3

Designers, meet the most liberating 3D printer in the world. The Objet260 Connex3 creates brilliantly colored prototypes with a range of multi-material components including rigid, flexible, clear and durable.

Get inspired by the possibilities. Then start prototyping with passion.

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 Objet350/500

Objet500

Objet350/500 Connex1

Rethink what’s possible on tight development budgets and timelines. The Objet500 Connex1 lets you combine two or three base resins in a single print job to simulate overmolding, generate multi-material tools and models, or produce trays of assorted parts-all for immediate use without assembly or post-processing.

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Objet350/500 Connex2

Leap over product hurdles from prototyping to production. The Objet500 Connex2 offers precise multi-material printing with Digital Materials for smooth, accurate parts that meet your precise blend of material requirements.

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Objet350/500 Connex3

The world’s most versatile multi-material 3D printer puts products on the fast track through development and production. From testing to rapid tooling, get the properties, pigments and precision you need to build great products faster.

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Materials

Objet Connex 3D printer material

With 120 material options, including more than 100 Digital Materials created on the fly, Connex 3D printers empower you to simulate a range of mechanical and physical properties, from rubber to rigid; opaque to transparent; and even ABS-grade.

Base materials include:


Composite Digital Materials include:

  • Digital ABS(RGD5160-DM fabricated from RGD515 and RGD535) for high heat resistance and toughness to simulate ABS plastic. Digital ABS2 matches those properties and provides superior rigidity and toughness in walls thinner than 1.2 mm (.047 in.).
  • High Temperature material for advanced functional testing, hot air and water flow, static applications and exhibition modeling
  • Transparent shades and patterns
  • Rigid opaque shades
  • Rubber-like materials with varying Shore A values
  • Polypropylene with improved thermal resistance

Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

New Objet Eden 3D Printers

November 10th, 2014

Build Precise Prototypes With Outstanding Productivity

Create prototypes that embody your product vision down to the finest detail. Available in three sizes, Objet Eden professional 3D printers work with 15 materials to deliver outstanding precision and productivity.

Four Professional 3D Printers

Keep product development on schedule and on budget. Eden 3D printers quickly create accurate prototypes that let you catch errors before they become costly.  For products with narrow tolerances or intricate details, build in layers as fine as 16 microns to produce complex geometries, smooth surfaces and thin walls.

Design, engineering and manufacturing teams around the world use Eden 3D printers to bring ideas small and large to life.  Whether you’re designing a tiny custom part or a large architectural model, one of these professional 3D printers can help you perfect it.

Objet Eden260V

The economical, small-footprint Objet Eden260V rapid prototyping and 3-dimensional printing system is the ideal solution to compress your product design-to-manufacturing cycle. Based on Objet’s innovative inkjet technology, Eden260V provides a complete solution for the accurate building of any geometry – easily, quickly and cleanly. Models produced on the Objet Eden260V are smooth and durable, with fine details and an outstanding surface finish.

Objet Eden260V

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Objet Eden260VS

Equal to the 260V in size and performance, the 260VS is the first system to offer PolyJet technology with soluble support. Automated support removal reduces hands-on labor and reaches internal voids that water-jetting can miss, making it ideal for models with delicate features or hard-to-reach cavities.

 

Objet Eden 260VS

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Objet Eden350V

The systems are designed to provide high-quality, 3-dimensional models quickly and conveniently throughout the CAD/CAM process. With a full 350 x 350 x 200mm build size, the new systems offer the flexibility to produce a single large model or multiple smaller models in one build. Objet Eden350V and Eden350 have already been widely adopted across many design, engineering and manufacturing segments, worldwide.

Objet Eden 350V

 

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Objet Eden500V

The Objet Eden500V™ 3D printer is the ideal solution for large-size model requirements or when high productivity is vital. Its build size of up to 500 x 400 x 200mm eliminates the need to glue smaller pieces together for large models and enables simultaneous printing of multiple models on a single build tray – cutting production time for models of all sizes.

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Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

New 3D Printing Material ULTEM 1010

November 6th, 2014

3D Print Strong, Stable parts with ULTEM 1010

ULTEM 1010’s outstanding strength and thermal stability make it ideal for advanced tooling and prototyping applications in the automotive, aerospace, medical and food-production industries. Its food-contact and biocompatibility certifications expand the use of additive manufacturing into applications like custom food-production tools and autoclave-sterilizable medical devices.

Available on the Fortus 900mc 3D Production System, ULTEM 1010 resin offers the highest heat resistance, chemical resistance and tensile strength of any FDM thermoplastic. It is the only FDM material with an NSF 51 food-contact certification, and it’s biocompatible with an ISO 10993/USP Class VI certification.

Produce large custom tools for metal, plastic or composite parts fabrication; 3D print medical tools like surgical guides that can withstand steam autoclaving; build temperature-resistant dies, patterns and fixtures for food production; even manufacture out-of-cabin aerospace components and under-the-hood automotive components including housings, ducts and semi-structural components.

ULTEM 1010

 

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Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

The Cost of a Big EPDM Data Card

October 29th, 2014

I’ve seen little SolidWorks Enterprise PDM data cards, and I’ve seen huge data cards. Tab controls within tab controls, more than 100 buttons, boxes and lists…amazing!

How do you decide what you should put on a data card? It is fun watching new EPDM administrators when they first see the value of data cards -like a kid on Christmas morning. They want to create a variable for everything!

There are some basic performance issues you’ll run into if you have a huge card – it may take a second or so for the card to load, but if you get a card that big, your users will be a bigger bottleneck than the data card refresh rate.

You have to remember that each control you add to a data card has a “cost”. Your users spend time populating the fields. This can cost you twice. They spend time populating the card, you have to spend time enforcing that they do it! -if you don’t enforce it, the users won’t do it…if they don’t do it, you’ll have incomplete cards and at that point, the value of the data is much less.

Typical reasons someone puts a variable on an EPDM data card:

  • Variables can be used for searching or in reports
  • Variables can be displayed on the BOM or Windows Explorer for sorting
    • …then exported to other systems
  • Variables can be displayed on the titleblock

Think about each control. Does it add value to your data set? Does it add enough value to offset the cost of collecting it in the first place. If the answer is “yes” put it on the card. If the answer is “maybe” or “I think someday in the future someone may want to know something like that” you probably should leave it off of the card.

One last thought…make your cards as easy to populate as possible. Use PigeonHole, droplists, radio buttons, check boxes, etc. whenever possible. Users can populate these faster and more accurately than simple edit boxes.

 

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Is Your Team Getting the Most out of SOLIDWORKS?

October 13th, 2014

Getting a good return on every investment is important and part of a manager’s responsibilities. But how do you as a manager ensure that your team is getting the most out of your investment in SOLIDWORKS?

Like many of the tools that we use every day, our efficiency is only as good as the training we have had on that tool. Have you dedicated time, resources, or money toward education? This is not just about attending a SOLIDWORKS training class at your local reseller (although that is the best foundation to work from.) This is an ongoing process of making sure your users are developing their skills each day. But why should you invest in training and development? And how can you best do it?

Why?

Best practices are extremely important in 3D modeling.

  • As anyone who has edited another user’s model knows, how you create a model is just as important as the finished product. Clean models mean less mistakes.
  • Consistency from one user to another. Consistent practices means anyone can easily jump in on another project efficiently, giving you more flexibility with your resources.
  • Users that are developing their skills are more engaged.

  • Users take a lot of joy and pride in being skilled at SOLIDWORKS. Leverage this to get more engagement out of your team.
  • With a more diverse skillset in SOLIDWORKS, users will save time and money by quickly accessing the best feature to accomplish the job (instead of doing it the hard way!)
  • How?

    Ideas for Training and Developing the Team

    Formal Training

  • Formal training lays a solid foundation for SOLIDWORKS fundamentals. In the spirit of full disclosure, we are a reseller that benefits financially from users attending training classes. However, I have also taught more than my fair share of SOLIDWORKS Essentials classes and seen users go from dazed and confused on Monday to seeing a light bulb go on sometime around late Wednesday or Thursday. There is nothing like getting out of the office and concentrating on SOLIDWORKS with a certified instructor for a few days in a row. This cannot be replaced learning a few minutes here or there “on the job.” If possible, allocate a small budget each year for formal training.
  • Supplement training with other free resources.

  • Ensure your users have created a Customer Portal login at the SOLIDWORKS website. This will give them access to the knowledge base and other resources.
  • Ensure your users have access to and know about the new MY.SOLIDWORKS.COM. They are building new learning resources and videos in one central location.
  • Utilize YouTube! SOLIDWORKS, Resellers, and Users are all posting great content and how-to videos. These are a great way for users to learn new things. I suggest having an engineering group login and creating a playlist of videos that are relevant to your design practices. When a user sees a video and learns something, they can add it to the playlist. This would be a great resource for new employees as they come on board.
  • Store any training manuals in an engineering library and make them accessible to others.
  • Make sure your team is using your local reseller’s hotline when they get stuck or need help.
  • User Groups

  • Hold a regular (I suggest monthly) internal SOLIDWORKS user group. I’ve seen many customers do this with great success. It creates an environment for sharing information and teaching others. Assign a leader or two and have them bring a prepared how-to presentation or bring a list of two or three topics to discuss that day. You will get valuable conversation that will improve your users immensely. And you’ll learn what is working and what isn’t. If things are busy, order a pizza and hold the meeting over lunch!
  • Encourage your users to attend a local SOLIDWORKS User Group. Attend with them to learn how others are using SOLIDWORKS.
  • Growing and developing people is one of the hardest and yet most rewarding aspects of managing. Hopefully, this article has sparked some ideas and challenged you to evaluate your investment in developing your team and their SOLIDWORKS skills. It will make a difference!

    Scott High

    Technical Services Manager 3DVision Technologies

    SolidWorks User Group

    September 18th, 2014

    Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio SolidWorks User Group

    The Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio SolidWorks User Group will be meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

     

    This is an opportunity for you to network with your colleagues and peers to see how others are using SolidWorks in their workplace. This meeting is free and open to students, teachers, designers, engineers, employers, and anyone with an interest in SolidWorks.

     

    From 3:30 to 5:30 pm our SolidWorks resellers will be displaying their products and services in the student concourse area of the Career Technology Center at MCCC. During this time you are invited to participate in a modeling competition for a chance to win a 3DConnexion mouse. A SolidWorks User Group banner will also be displayed for you to sign.

     

    The meeting officially commences at 5:30 pm with opening remarks and dinner. Following dinner there will be a number of great SolidWorks presentations delivered by industry experts. You have the opportunity to participate in two of the four presentations shown below:

    • What’s New in SolidWorks 2015
    • SolidWorks Tips and Tricks
    • A Hands-On Introduction to Surfacing
    • A Hands-On Introduction to Routing – Piping and Tubing

     

    The evening will conclude with several prize giveaways consisting of a Nexus 7 tablet, a 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator mouse, Bose IE2 audio headphones, SolidWorks flash drives, SolidWorks mice, gift cards, and more.

    Register Today

    Our Grand Prize Giveaway is a 32 GB Google Nexus 7

    SOLIDWORKS User Group

    Cody Markham

    Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

    Compare EPDM and OnePart

    September 15th, 2014

    Over the past month, the most common question I have heard goes something like: “If I have SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, why would I need Exalead OnePart?” (or vice versa)

    They’re different tools man! They are meant to do totally different things!

    [Did I ever tell you about the time, at my first real job, when I asked my boss if I could have a word processor installed on my computer? I was laughed out of his office because I already had a copy of Lotus 1-2-3 (a spreadsheet application) thus I would have no need for one of those fancy word process applications…”Just type all of your stuff in one cell, it prints out very nicely”]

    There is overlap between the two products, but it comes down to having the right tool for the job.

    Below is a list of the two application’s most common features, showing some of the overlap and distinctions. This list is not even close to listing all of the features for either product –have you ever tried to make venn diagrams inside of Lotus 1-2-3? -it’s too hard to make the circles bigger!

     

    FeatureCompare

     

    Jeff Sweeney

    CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

    New AutoCAD P&ID Project in SOLIDWORKS EPDM

    September 9th, 2014

    Say you aren’t lucky enough to be using SOLIDWORKS’ P&ID offerings, you are using AutoCAD P&ID instead. You can work with AutoCAD P&ID 2015 projects in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, they do seem to work rather well together. Except for one issue: In AutoCAD P&ID, when you try to create a new project, and navigate into your EPDM vault view to choose the new location, the “Open” button becomes disabled!

    PIDBug

     

    Everything else works okay, but without new projects, it is tough to get started!!

    You can almost get by with copying an existing project from outside the vault into the vault view except the “Project.xml” file will still be pointing back to the original location and the SQLite database tables may also need updating. These updates can be done manually.

    To save time, I created a little EPDM add-in that would automatically:

    • Copy an existing “template” project to a location inside the vault and ask the user for the new name of the project
    • Update the new project’s “Project.xml” file to the new project name and location
    • Update the .dcf [SQLite] PnPProject database tables to use the new project’s name

    That’s all there is to it! SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM and AutoCAD P&ID can live together nicely! Isn’t it nice when we all get along?

    Jeff Sweeney

    CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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