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26 06, 2017

Install Tutorial – Mastercam 2018

By | 2017-12-28T09:12:09+00:00 June 26th, 2017|CQTV, MC 2018 Video Series|0 Comments   It is that time of the year again! Summer is back and with it comes the launch of Mastercam 2018. This install tutorial will walk you through the steps of installing the new update on your workstation.  

26 06, 2017

Mastercam Dynamic Point & Line Normal Functions

By | 2017-12-22T08:36:35+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Mastercam 2017 includes a great enhancement to the dynamic point and line normal functions. In previous versions, both tools were part of the same command and switching between them could be confusing. In Mastercam 2017 these functions have been separated into separate functions, which makes both Point Dynamic and Line Normal much easier to use. The dynamic point tool in Mastercam X9 is straightforward, but adjusting the controls for line normal involves several clicks and inputs. Opening the same file in Mastercam 2017 you will notice how the two commands are clearly separated. There are two separate areas where you will access Dynamic Point and Line Normal. Simply create points when you need or switch to the Line Normal command with a single click. This enhancement to the user interface for these commands makes both of these functions much more user-friendly. Please be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. Sign Up

23 06, 2017

Infinite Build 3D Printer

By | 2017-06-23T08:49:34+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

There’s a revolutionary new technology in 3D printing called the Stratasys Infinite Build. 3D printing has provided a means to produce highly accurate parts in a variety of build sizes. With production machines like the Fortus 900 and Objet 1000, industry leaders in both aerospace and automotive have been able to experiment with increasingly larger prototypes and production parts. Nonetheless, there has always been a ceiling (or cap) on the size of a part making 3D printing infeasible for certain processes. With the new Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator, we're provided a glimpse of what the future could hold for 3D printing in manufacturing. Developed for large part production, the Infinite-Build is designed to address the uncompromising requirements of aerospace, automotive and other industries. Based on proven FDM technology, the demonstrator can generate large, lightweight, thermoplastic parts with repeatable mechanical properties. Rather than printing layer by layer in an enclosed build chamber, the solution uses an infinite-build approach by literally turning the 3D printer on its side with an open chamber. Parts are printed on a vertical plane, resulting in practically unlimited part size in the build direction. The Inifinite build uses micro pellets the size of a grain of sand rather than traditional filament. They can be refilled by robotic arms, allowing for lights out operation for extended periods of time. The extrusion process can produce parts at ten times faster than current FDM technology, further suggesting its potential as a production solution in the future. Boeing has collaborated with Stratasys in defining the aerospace requirements and specifications for the demonstrator. They are currently using it to explore the production of low-volume, refined production parts. Ford has also collaborated with Stratasys and a machine has been installed at their Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan. They're using it to print large tools, fixtures, and other components. While the platform is still primarily used for rapid prototyping, Ford sees a potential use in the future to produce parts used on final vehicles. These parts would be lighter in nature, improving overall fuel efficiency and opening up unique design possibilities. The infinite build represents a breakthrough in industrial scale 3D printing. While fixed build sizes and slower speeds have limited 3D printing's use in production, this platform could form the groundwork for 3D printing in factories of the future. For more information on our complete line of Stratasys 3D printers, please click the button below. [button link="" color="default" size="" stretch="" type="" shape="" target="_self" title="" gradient_colors="|" gradient_hover_colors="|" accent_color="" accent_hover_color="" bevel_color="" border_width="1px" icon="" icon_divider="yes" icon_position="left" modal="" animation_type="0" animation_direction="down" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" alignment="left" class="" id=""]More Info[/button]  

21 06, 2017

Geomagic Design X

By | 2017-12-22T08:39:04+00:00 June 21st, 2017|3D Scanning|0 Comments

With Geomagic Design X software you can easily produce a fully featured, editable, native CAD model, directly from a scan. What is Design X? Design X software is a tool that enables you to recognize geometrical features on a scan, utilize them to create CAD features, then transfer that tree of features directly out to the feature tree of your CAD system. Let’s break this process up into three stages: Auto Segment, Feature Extraction, & LiveTransfer to CAD. Auto Segment Auto Segment in Design X allows you to split the polygonal mesh into regions, created by grouping adjacent polygons with similar curvature. As you hover your mouse over each region, Design X displays the geometric shapes that have been identified, like a plane, cylinder, cone, etc. Feature Extraction Once you have all your geometrical regions mapped out, your next step is to extract and create the CAD sketches and features. To do this, start a mesh sketch either directly on a planar region, or a CAD plane, then offset the plane to the location where you want to extract a slice of the polygonal mesh. At this point you will be creating your 2D Sketch entities. You can use that polygonal mesh profile as a guide to get the correct shape and size. Because this part is symmetrical from left to right, you will capture the design intent by adding the centerline. You can double click on the mesh profiles and Design X extracts true analytical geometry. You can do this with lines, as well as with arcs, circles and so forth. At any point you can interrogate your mesh by using the measure tools. If you want to average multiple mesh profiles, you can fit the geometry and extract an average shape. This would be a good option if the part was warped, used, or broken. Lastly, you can mirror the entities to the other side and clean up your sketch and dimension values, and add sketch relations so as to have one clean closed loop. If you want to see how close your CAD geometry matches the polygonal mesh geometry the Deviation check will show green in the areas that are within the tolerances you set. Red indicates that your CAD model has more material than the scan, and blue means that the CAD is under the polygon mesh. Live Transfer to CAD Now you can transfer the list of CAD features over to your CAD software. Just pick the CAD software that you’re transferring to and the version. SolidWorks will open up, and start auto-building your feature tree. Once the export is complete, you can modify your SolidWorks file natively, as if it was created in SolidWorks itself. Geomagic Design X is very powerful software. It allows you to take point cloud data or a polygonal mesh, and enables you to identify geometric shapes, interrogate the polygonal mesh, build CAD features and sketches using the poly mesh as guide. And last but not least, you take all [...]

16 06, 2017

CPI Aerostructures Uses FDM 3D Printing for Custom Tooling

By | 2017-12-22T08:40:03+00:00 June 16th, 2017|3D Printing / Additive Mfg|0 Comments

Reprint from www.additivemanufacturing Adding an FDM 3D printer enabled a producer of subassemblies for aircraft to bypass traditional tooling solutions on many custom tools and bring much of this work in-house. Cimquest customer, CPI Aerostructures was in a good position in 2013. After years as a small business providing subassemblies almost exclusively for military aircraft, the company was experiencing a massive growth spurt. Sparked by an influx of both commercial and military work, the company had grown from about 20 employees to nearly 300 in just a few years, and recently moved across the street from its original facility to a larger 171,000-square-foot space on New York’s Long Island. But CPI’s ability to meet its custom tooling needs hadn’t kept pace with this growth. The company’s niche is assembly, work that requires jigs, fixtures, check gages and other custom items. Because CPI does not produce discrete parts, its in-house machining capacity is limited to a small tooling department operating manual equipment. Historically, all custom tooling was made by this department or farmed out to local machine shops. Faced with ever-increasing demand for custom tooling on the assembly floor, the company had to make a choice: A) Continue to outsource this machining work, adding cost and lead time to projects; B) Add machining equipment and personnel to the tooling department, increasing capacity but also adding overhead; or C) Find another solution. In the end, CPI chose option C: It added a fused-deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer. Taking this route gave CPI the added capacity to bypass the traditional tooling department on many tools, bringing more of its tooling work in-house, and reducing the time and cost of creating custom tooling. Sparked by Growth Producing subassemblies for aircraft has been CPI Aerostructures’ specialty since the company was founded in 1980. Typically working as a subcontractor, CPI sources discrete parts from its global supply chain, fashions them into subassemblies, polishes and paints the assemblies as needed, and ships the finished pieces to the customer or main contractor. Whereas many of its peers are vertically integrated—offering machining, metal forming and fabricating, assembly, and finishing services—CPI focuses almost entirely on assembly. For years, all of the custom tooling required for this work had to be farmed out to local machine shops. "Basically, we were doing things the same way they'd been done since World War II,” says Clint Allnach, director of manufacturing operations. “We’d model the jigs and fixtures then send the design to external shops. Those shops would have to procure the material, machine it and deliver it. Typical lead time was anywhere from 12 to 14 weeks for a modest-sized tool and could cost several thousand dollars to $25,000 or more.” The addition of an in-house tooling department in 2012 helped alleviate some of the company’s tooling needs as it grew. This department relies on manual equipment, including Bridgeport mills, lathes and welding equipment to manufacture and maintain metallic tools such as custom jigs, fixtures and gages. But by 2013 the maintenance and [...]

12 06, 2017

Motion Simulation at Specific Intervals – SolidWorks 2017

By | 2017-06-12T21:43:13+00:00 June 12th, 2017|2 Minute Tuesdays, CQTV, SolidWorks 2MT|0 Comments

The Mate Controller tool allows you to show and save the positions of assembly components at various mate values and degrees of freedom without using configurations for each position. You can quickly create an animation of an assembly in specific positions in space, and produce an .avi, without the having to manually create each and every configuration per position. [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=""]

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