Blog 2018-02-06T09:27:36+00:00

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Check here often to find Cimquest, Mastercam and 3D Printing happenings, product offerings and update info along with general Industry trends and breaking news.

Part Inspection in Batches

You can easily perform part inspections in batches and automatically generate inspection reports for each part using a Creaform HandyScan scanner, along with Geomagic Control X software.

The first step is to capture your parts’ geometry with a metrology grade, certified scanner. Scan each part in the batch, and export an STL file.

Part Inspection

It’s handy to put all of the scans in one folder.

Part Inspection

The next step involves creating a master file that will be used for comparison and inspection. Once you’ve imported the CAD file into Control X, add the appropriate dimensions, tolerances, Datums, and GD&T information to the CAD model. This critical inspection information may also be seamlessly transferred from CAD into Control X.

Part Inspection

Next, choose the method of alignment for your scan, so that you can align it with the CAD model correctly. Although we typically use the datums called out on the manufacturing drawing, various alignment methods are available depending on […]

By | December 20th, 2017|3D Scanning|0 Comments

Mastercam 2018 Hybrid Smoothing

Mastercam 2018 Hybrid Smoothing

Mastercam 2018 includes a new enhancement to the 3D highspeed hybrid toolpath. In previous versions, sharp corner smoothing was only available in surface finish scallop, which did not take advantage of multithreading calculation. Now, in Mastercam 2018, one simple checkbox makes this option available in the 3D highspeed hybrid toolpath.

Let ‘s take a look at how this works…

To begin, let’s compare two scallop toolpaths to show the effect this option has on the cut pattern. You can clearly see the effect on the sharp corners here in the highlighted area.

Mastercam 2018 Hybrid Smoothing

Mastercam 2018 Hybrid Smoothing

From here, let’s create a hybrid toolpath on the same model. Based on the initial parameter settings you can again clearly see where the tool motion makes abrupt sharp changes in direction.

Mastercam 2018 Hybrid Smoothing

Now, if we re-open the tool path parameters and go to the cut parameters branch . . .

By | December 18th, 2017|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

True and Full Color 3D Printing

We live in a color world. We see everything in color. Whether you’re a designer, engineer, architect, artist, animator, student, doctor, healthcare provider, entrepreneur or consumer – you live, think and imagine in full, living color.

Why 3D print in color? For professionals, most products are designed with the look of the product being paramount – how will it stand out over the others on the shelf? Shape is also very important, but color is one way to make your products stand out over the competition. Color allows you to communicate better within an organization, and color also allows you to communicate better with your clients. For consumers, we want to be able to print gifts and keepsakes, such as 3D photos and statues, in full color, and not be limited to single color objects – in the same way, that we want to be able to 2D print in color.

Full Color 3D Printing Imagine if you had the capability to see and hold a physical 3D printed model as it would […]

By | December 13th, 2017|3D Printing / Additive Mfg|0 Comments

Sandvik Prime Turning Install

Sandvik Prime Turning Install
Let’s go over how to download and install the new Sandvik Prime Turning module for Mastercam Lathe and Millturn. This innovative new system integrates both specialized cutting tools and toolpath engineering to produce phenomenal efficiency gains in material removal rates.

The first thing you need to do is log into the Mastercam website and then go to the 2018 Downloads landing page. From here, select the Prime Turning Installation zip file.

Sandvik Prime Turning Install

Once the download is complete, extract the contents and then right-click and select Run as Administrator. Click through all the prompts and in a few moments the installation is complete.

Next, start up Mastercam and add the Prime Turning icon on the Lathe ribbon as shown below.

Sandvik Prime Turning Install

Prime Turning uses a specific toolpath operation and a dedicated tool library, both designed to work together to take maximum advantage of this technology.

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By | December 11th, 2017|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

HP 3D Printing Open House

Cimquest will be hosting an interactive 3D Printing Open House featuring the HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology. Come take a look under the hood of our new Jet Fusion 4200 and experience the printing process from start to finish. We’ll show you how you can make production quality parts at a greater speed and lower cost per part than other systems. At the event, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Meet HP representatives and discuss the technology and open materials roadmap.
  • See and experience the MJF process live, from start to finish with the Jet Fusion 4200.
  • Learn how the HP 3D Printing Technology saves you time and money compared to other technologies.
  • Cost comparison of running low volume production parts versus injection molding.


January 17, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cimquest HQ
3434 Rt. 22 West, Suite 130
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Breakfast and lunch will be served, and you’ll also get a tour of Cimquest’s new CNC Manufacturing Lab and our 3D Printing Showroom. This event is free to attend, but please reserve your […]

Reverse Engineering a BMW Speaker

Reverse Engineering has many purposes, one of them being to recreate parts or components that are no longer manufactured. With straight-forward mechanical components, this can be accomplished with a variety of measuring instruments. This task can quickly become more complex though, if the part takes on more of a freeform or ergonomic shape.

To serve as an example, the president of our company recently had one of his speaker covers broken. Despite the fact that this is something that can be purchased, we decided to reverse engineer it with all the available tools here at Cimquest.

Reverse Engineering

The first step was to scan the part and capture as much as the geometry as possible. This was done with the Creaform HandyScan 700 scanner, which has a resolution of .2 millimeters.

Reverse Engineering

Next, we imported the scan into Geomagic Design X. This software allows us to interrogate our scan, and trace the outline of each feature that we need in order to recreate our CAD file.

By | December 6th, 2017|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, 3D Scanning|0 Comments
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