Reprinted from the Stratasys Blog: By Allen Kreemer, Stratasys, Inc. Additive manufacturing (AM) has been crucial in the motor sports world for years. In the race for speed and performance, it has been a lynchpin for design and testing. Now, race teams are revealing that AM parts will go far beyond review and evaluation. They have found that AM is ready to hit the track and endure the rigors of high-speed racing. Motor sports are using AM for direct digital manufacturing (DDM) of production parts. In doing so, teams have demonstrated that additively manufactured parts have the quality and durability to meet the demands of racecars of all types. This trend has been developing for years, but until recently, teams have held DDM as a closely guarded secret that gives them a competitive edge.
Important News regarding OS support for Mastercam customers. Reprinted from the Mastercam Blog: CNC Software continues to review the Operating System (OS) requirements for Mastercam with a view to providing the best possible user experience for our customers. Mastercam X7 will be the last major release to support Windows 7 32-bit OS. Future major releases will target Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8 64-bit only. Our information shows that the large majority of our customers already use 64-bit systems, benefitting from the faster, more stable environment they deliver. CNC Software and Cimquest will continue posting reminders of this shift as we move closer to the release of Mastercam X8.
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!
The Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher continues to fascinate and inspire more than 40 years after his departure. Especially well known for his mathematical bent and two-dimensional renderings of “impossible” three-dimensional geometries, workarounds for Escher’s tricky angles and structures have found a home with 3D printing! Rachel McConnell, who explores art, engineering and design in her work, used an Objet500 Connex Multi-Material 3D Printer by Stratasys to create a physical “Escher Curl-up model.” The model was based on Escher’s 1951 print “Wentelteefje,” which contains both drawings and text about an imaginary creature with articulated segments, human-like legs, eyes on stalks, and a bird-like beak. McConnell’s Curl-up was a complex exercise in geometry, physics, construction and materials science. McConnell identifies herself as both a hacker and a maker, as she confirmed to the Stratasys blog in an exclusive interview: “I am someone who likes to get into the guts of things, understand how they work, and to make changes to existing objects, especially repurposing them, often as opposed to buying something new.” McConnell, a past lead developer at Instructables, used their Objet500 Connex Multi -material 3D Printer from Stratasys to produce several iterations of the Escher Curl-up, experimenting with the size of the segmented pieces and various [...]
Reprinted from the Stratasys Blog -8 Apr. 2014 by Stratasys Staff In the video below, Boaz Jacobi, Product Marketing Manager at Stratasys, talks about the capabilities of Endur and examines some applicative models that look and behave like polypropylene in terms of flexibility, strength and toughness. Tweezers prototyped in Stratasys Endur 3D printing material to give polypropylene-like look and functionality This week, Stratasys expanded its portfolio of 3D printing materials with Endur, a newPolyJet 3D printing material. Endur has the chemical characteristics and composition to give models and prototypes a polypropylene-like look and functionality, much like the characteristics of standard plastics. Connex3 and Objet30 Pro 3D Printers.
Cimquest offers 3D printing and rapid prototyping services. Using the Dimension 3D printers, the new uPrint 3D personal printer or the Stratasys FDM 400 we can print your parts from your 3D CAD data. The parts and assemblies are printed with ABS plastic, a strong, durable material that can be used for extensive testing of form, fit and function. Maintaining build tolerances of +-.005, the resultant parts/assemblies produced are dimensionally accurate. The completed ABS parts may have secondary operations performed, such as hole drilling and tapping, for further testing. Email us your CAD file (a solid from SolidWorks, Solidedge, Inventor, CATIA, Pro E, STEP, SAT or IGES) along with your phone number and one of our representatives will contact you with a quote. Get a Real 3D Model for FREE! Contact us today: Toll Free: 866-277-8778 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Traditionally, one of the most complex 5-axis challenges is generating toolpaths for impellers, fans, and marine screws. These parts are widely used in power generation, energy transfer, and propulsion. Blade Expert is a powerful, easy-to-use custom application designed to generate efficient, smooth, and gouge-free toolpaths for these complex parts. It minimizes unnecessary motion at the machine, delivering a highly efficient toolpath with superior finish quality. Multi-bladed parts come in many configurations, but Blade Expert’s common sense operation process turns these machining challenges into routine solutions. And, the interface is the same one used by all other multiaxis toolpaths, ensuring a short learning curve. Some features include: • Precise, efficient, and smooth cut pattern. • Supports straight, bull, and ball nose cutters. • Automatic stock model awareness eliminates air-cuts. • Automatic tool axis control for safe toolpaths. • Accurate tool tip control means seamless blending and transformation. Watch Mastercam Blade Expert in action in the video below.
Reprinted from the Mastercam Blog An ongoing series from the Mastercam R&D machine shop. One of our Applications Engineers has been working on a reverse engineering project. He's making a Turbo Elbow for a twin turbo V8 Monte Carlo with Mastercam and Verisurf. The part was originally pie-cut sections of stainless steel tubing welded together, with mounting flanges welded on the ends. Over the next few weeks he will be making this part from one piece with an optimized flow path using various 5-axis and dynamic toolpaths. Stay tuned for more updates and photos.