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30 05, 2017

Infinite Build 3D Printer

By | 2017-05-30T06:51:44+00:00 May 30th, 2017|2 Minute Tuesdays, 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, CQTV, Stratasys 2MT|0 Comments

https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/zs80362e45?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 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. [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=""]

26 05, 2017

Cimquest Now Selling Desktop Metal 3D Printing Systems

By | 2017-05-26T08:48:16+00:00 May 26th, 2017|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Desktop Metal|0 Comments

Cimquest is excited to announce that we are now contracted to sell Desktop Metal. This means that in addition to offering, Mastercam, 3D scanning and inspection, as well as traditional 3D printers, we can now offer the New England and Mid-Atlantic territories a Metal 3D Printer at a price point that will allow the manufacturing community to venture into the exciting field of 3D Metal Printing. This will open up new opportunities for current Cimquest customers, from Maine to Maryland, and allow them to get into the metal 3D printing arena. Rob Hassold, CEO of Cimquest says, “I am excited that with Desktop Metal prototyping and production system technology we are the first reseller in the world to be able to leverage 19 years of additive manufacturing experience as well as over 27 years of subtractive (Mastercam) CNC programming technology to provide state-of-art manufacturing solutions for today’s industry leaders. With over 25 technical experts serving the additive and subtractive space, we are well positioned to handle almost any challenge served by those technologies.” Some of the benefits of this new Desktop Metal 3D printing system include: The Desktop Metal Studio System is 10 times less expensive than existing technology today. It eliminates the need for expensive, industrial facilities to safely house the technology. Makes metal 3D printing drop-dead simple. Significantly increases the versatility of prototyping. The DM Studio System is available to reserve in May with shipping beginning in August 2017. The complete DM Studio System, including printer, debinder, and furnace is $120,000. The DM Production System is available to reserve in May for shipping beginning in 2018. For more information on this new line of products, please click the button below. [button link="http://cimquest-inc.com/products/additive-manufacturing-products/desktop-metal/" 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]  

24 05, 2017

SolidWorks 2017 Multiple Start Threads

By | 2017-05-24T09:02:39+00:00 May 24th, 2017|SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Today we are going to talk about the enhanced functionality to the Thread feature in SolidWorks 2017, mainly using multiple start threads. There are various reasons why someone might use threads with multiple starts. The main one is that it allows the lead distance of a thread to be increased, without changing its pitch. This proves useful when fine threads are required, but at the same time you want a quick advance, for example like that on camera lenses. In our examples, we have a single thread with a pitch of 1/8”. One full turn gives us a Lead of 1/8”. And in the other, we have a 4-start thread. One full turn here, gives us a Lead of 1/2", allowing for a quick connect and disconnect. In both examples, however, 1/8” pitch is maintained.      Another design advantage of a multi-start thread is that more contact surface is engaged in a single thread rotation. A common example is a cap on a plastic water bottle. The cap will screw on in one quick turn but because a multi-start thread was used, there are multiple threads fully engaged to securely hold the cap in place. In addition, because the lead angle is steeper, less force is required to fully tighten one part onto another, like a cap or lid on a container. Therefore, consumer products that require a tight seal often have threads with multiple starts. So, how do you add multiple start threads in SolidWorks 2017? It’s actually very easy to do. While in the Thread Feature Property Manager, expand the Thread Options menu, check the new Multiple Start box, and toggle the number of starts to the desired amount. Before you click OK, use the new Trim with Start Face option, which will clean up the end face without any additional steps. You will end up with a quad-lead thread, each thread being represented below by a different color. It travels four times the distance in one turn, all the while maintaining the pitch and surface engagement of a single lead thread. The new Multiple Start Thread Option in SolidWorks 2017 allows you to create special complex thread geometry, with one simple check box! 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. [button link="http://cimquest-inc.com/2-minute-tuesday/" 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=""]Sign up[/button]

23 05, 2017

Simultaneous Synchronized Scanning

By | 2017-05-23T07:10:48+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|2 Minute Tuesdays, 3D Scanning / Reverse Engineering 2MT, CQTV|0 Comments

https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/8g5m36xd13?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Today we present a great way to capture parts where you need to leverage size...but at the same time capture very small fine details. [separator style_type="single" top_margin="20" bottom_margin="30" sep_color="" border_size="" icon="" icon_circle="" icon_circle_color="" width="" alignment="center" class="" id=""]

22 05, 2017

Tooling Costs and Cycle Times Reduced

By | 2017-05-22T08:36:11+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Mastercam|0 Comments

Jaktool LLC is a customer of ours in Cranbury, NJ. They have a team of young inquisitive engineers that are investing the time to explore the full potential of their manufacturing software and machines to take on the complex jobs no one else wants. Using Mastercam CAD/CAM programming software from CNC Software Inc. (Tolland, CT), Jaktool is able to save setup times and tooling costs, and reduce cycle times, while delivering exceptional customer service to a diverse cross section of industries. A high-precision prototype technology company, Jaktool specializes in analytical services, manufacturing process development, and prototype manufacturing for the defense, medical, laboratory, and industrial markets, working with just about every type of material from plastics to high-nickel alloys, titanium, and stainless steel. About 50% of their work is for the military—supporting prototype weapon systems and ballistic hardware components for airborne, surface, and sub-surface applications. Jaktool’s team and president Jeff Kinsberg (center, foreground). Parts can be as small as 0.040″ (1-mm) rivets for an aerospace application or as large as 18″ (457 mm) in diameter for sub-surface applications. Prototype volumes run from one to 5000 pieces, with the average being 50 pieces. In the machine shop, about 65–70% of their work is turning; the balance is milling. The work is performed on two-axis CNC lathes, five-axis dual-spindle lathes, and three to five-axis mills. Every one of Jaktool’s 10 mechanical and electrical engineers is capable of bringing the parts from print to final product, according to Ryan Hollywood, manufacturing engineering manager, “This isn’t a typical job shop where we have two programmers and we hand the rest off to machine operators. All of the guys who are making the parts are the same guys programming the parts. Each person has ownership of a part, following it through every manufacturing process—turning, honing, grinding, tapping, and everything else until the part is finished. Because each person wears many hats, including running two machines simultaneously, we need to move product through the shop quickly and efficiently so that everyone can run their jobs,” said Hollywood. Intern Kevin Zheng is using Mastercam’s Transform function to create planes to cut from for every angle of this perforated liner. Machining was done in one operation yielding a more accurate part. CNC Software, through its reseller network, has been a valuable resource for training Jaktool employees who are largely self-taught through experience, Mastercam manuals, and forums that they attend. The shop was a beta site for Mastercam 2017 where, through trial and error, employees were able to discover its new powerful programming functions. The first time a new feature was implemented, for example, it took roughly one and a half times what it normally took to program a part. However, by the second try, the team cut about 25% of the cycle time, followed by cutting 25% of the setup time. Jaktool maintains a strong and rewarding internship program. Based on their strengths, interests, and willingness to put in time, interns are encouraged to go [...]

19 05, 2017

Employee Spotlight – Russell Jennison

By | 2017-05-19T08:54:38+00:00 May 19th, 2017|News / Promos|0 Comments

Today we would like to introduce you to Russell Jennison, our Post Processor Manager here at Cimquest. Here are some interesting tidbits of information to get to know him a little better. 1. What are your responsibilities at Cimquest? Post processors are the link between Mastercam and individual machining centers. I customize these to maximize customer productivity and make sure every machine a customer wants to utilize talks effectively with Mastercam. I am building a library of technology and a team to better service our customers as Cimquest expands. 2. What industry do you come from? I have always worked in manufacturing or engineering design in various forms with over 10 years in the CNC realm. 3. Where are you from (hometown)? Brampton Ontario. A suburb of Toronto. I was born in Wales UK, but my family moved to Canada when I was two years old. 4. What is your educational background? University of Waterloo - Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Mechanical Engineering 5. How long have you worked at Cimquest? 2017 will be my 6th year. 6. What are your hobbies? Music performance and recording. Yoga. Being outside. 7. What do you enjoy most about your job? Solving problems all day long. There is very little paperwork or standardization other than what we create for ourselves. I enjoy building our own structures for the work and the organization of it. 8. What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job? Paying for my house! But more seriously, it adds tremendous value to the software customer's purchase. It saves our customers time, energy, and headaches. It provides our sales team with a competitive advantage. 9. What is your most treasured possession? My family. But aside from people, it would be my gear in my music studio, where I get to create. 10. Do you have any hidden talents? Not sure how hidden it is, but I make music for films and TV shows. Nothing too crazy, but I feel like the music and visuals working together is pretty special. I was a minor character in an independent TV show a couple years back. If you ask me just right I can point you to a link :) 11. What is the craziest thing on your bucket list? I wish I had something truly crazy, but my aspirations are pretty simple. I want to see more of the world eventually and I'd enjoy being part of some music that reaches a lot of people, either in a band or in a film. 12. What would people be surprised to know about you? I did some adventure races a few years back. It's pretty intense. Traveling 50 miles on foot/bike/canoe in 10 hours with only a map and compass to guide you. It was very interesting and crazy, but so fatiguing for a week or two afterward that I decided to stop. 13. What is your favorite meal? Indian or middle eastern. 14. Where is your favorite place to [...]

17 05, 2017

Introduction to 3D Metal Printing with Desktop Metal

By | 2017-05-17T08:00:48+00:00 May 17th, 2017|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Desktop Metal|0 Comments

Join Cimquest and Desktop Metal on Friday, May 19th at 9 AM for an informative webinar on 3D Metal printing, a new and affordable addition to the 3D metal printing industry. This new technology promises to be a game changer in the way products are brought to market in the future. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about it. In this webinar Ben Arnold from Desktop Metal will provide an introduction to 3D metal printing with Desktop Metal. Both the desktop Studio system and the Production system will be reviewed, including their unique applications. Register today to learn how Desktop Metal plans to reinvent the way engineering and manufacturing teams produce metal parts - from prototyping through mass production. WEBINAR DETAILS Friday, May 19th 9:00 AM EDT Free to attend online Just click the button below to go to the registration page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. [button link="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/782081904009711875" 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=""]Register Here[/button]  

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