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.

HP 3D Printing Webinar

HP webinar

HP is offering an informational 3D printing webinar tomorrow afternoon – The Advantages of Designing for MJF Instead of Injection Molding. During this webinar, they will discuss how designing for MJF can optimize costs, free the engineer of constraints imposed by injection molding, and accelerate the development process through delivering production quality parts at the prototype phase and enabling rapid iteration.

Attendees will understand how keeping in mind designing for MJF while taking advantage of the freedom of design that 3D printing affords can dramatically affect production costs. This event is tomorrow afternoon so don’t delay in registering. Details below.

December 5th2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

John Briden
Senior R&D Manager, HP

John Briden is a Stanford Mechanical Engineering graduate who has spent a career developing products at leading consumer electronics companies like Apple and HP Inc. He recently joined HP’s Multi-Jet-Fusion 3D printing group to help usher in the next industrial revolution with 3D printing for production.

Register for this event by clicking the button below.

Register Here […]

3D Printing Conceptual Models with Formlabs

Formlabs conceptual models

3D printing conceptual models is a great way to save time and money early on in the development stage. Engineers can use printers as a sketch pad to build and test out various iterations, and determine necessary adjustments to improve the design.

Functional parts take prototyping to the next level, allowing engineers to test models for form and fit and to see how they perform in an assembly. Depending on the application, it is sometimes necessary to combine multiple parts using screws or some other form of fastening.

Formlabs has collected various design options for screw threads that can be used with their Tough engineering resin. In the white paper download below, you can learn about all of the options, see the pros and cons of each method, and determine the best fit for your application. Just click the blue bottom below for the PDF download.

Download Whitepaper


By | December 1st, 2017|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, FormLabs|0 Comments

Behind the Design of the World’s Largest Lens

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Formlabs lens

Today, the world’s largest lens is located in a lighthouse on Oahu, Hawaii. The Fresnel lens at Makapu’u Point, 12 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and painstakingly crafted out of glass, has held the title since 1893.

This coming Valentine’s Day, the title will transition to a new lens: a 10-by-12-foot Fresnel lens made of interlocking 3D printed bricks. The installation, Window to the Heart, is a collaboration between Formlabs head of design Marcelo Coelho and design studio Aranda\Lasch, and is the winner of the 2018 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. Previous winners include The Office for Creative Research, Collective-LOK, Stereotank, Young Projects, and Situ Studio.

Window to the Heart is designed and 3D printed specifically to distort and capture the image of Times Square, optically bending light—and attention—to a heart-shaped window at its center. Visitors can look through the window or photograph themselves within it, completing the loop between the lens of the eye and the lens of the camera.

A Lens that Reflects Culture
“Marcelo […]

By | November 29th, 2017|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, FormLabs|0 Comments

Mastercam 2018 Associative Linking

Mastercam 2018 Associative Linking

There is an interesting new option in the linking parameters for Mill toolpaths in Mastercam 2018. In previous versions there were only two options available on this page – Absolute and Incremental. Now, in 2018, a new option called Associative Linking has been added which takes full advantage of the intelligence built right into the model. And, it will adapt automatically to changes in the model structure.

Mastercam 2018 Associative Linking

In the example file above there are several operations using varying clearance heights. If you open an operation and go to the Linking Parameters page you will see the new option labeled Associative on each branch of the tree.

Mastercam 2018 Associative Linking

For this example we have set clearance as an associative elevation relative to the top of the center boss. If that elevation changes on the model, the toolpaths will adapt accordingly.

Mastercam 2018 Associative Linking

By | November 27th, 2017|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Preventing Upcuts in Mastercam 2018 Dynamic Turning

Mastercam 2018 Dynamic Turning

There is a new enhancement to the dynamic turning toolpaths in Mastercam 2018. In previous versions of Mastercam, you had to be careful not to gouge the part with the tool holder. Now in Mastercam 2018, one simple checkbox and an adjustable clearance angle can help prevent upcut motions which fall outside the tools useable cutting angle.

Mastercam 2018 Dynamic Turning

If we examine a toolpath in a previous version we can see that, based on the chained geometry, Mastercam will attempt to wrap the insert cutting edge around the entire machining area without regard to the exposed shank angle. This will cause a collision.

Mastercam 2018 Dynamic Turning

Now, let’s examine the same toolpath in Mastercam 2018. Open the toolpath parameters and go to the second tab. Here you can see the new checkbox and button.

Mastercam 2018 Dynamic Turning

If you click the Non-cutting Region button, you […]

By | November 20th, 2017|Mastercam, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Employee Spotlight – Genise Postell

Genise PostellIn today’s Employee Spotlight we are featuring Genise Postell, the Senior Office Administrator here at Cimquest. Here’s a little information that will help you get to know her a little better . . .

  1. What are your responsibilities at Cimquest?
    My main responsibility is to process Mastercam maintenance renewal orders and 3D printer orders.
  2. What industry do you come from?
    I have worked in a few different industries: restaurant, architectural, landscape, retail, hotel, etc.
  3. Where are you from (hometown)?
    Old Bridge, NJ
  4. What is your educational background?
    After high school, I graduated from the Executive Assistant program at Katharine Gibbs
  5. How long have you worked at Cimquest?
    14 years
  6. What are your hobbies?
    I am a football and baseball mom
  7. What do you enjoy most about your job?
    I get satisfaction out of making sure our customers are happy with their Cimquest experience.
  8. What do you feel is the most important aspect of your job?
    Making sure orders are placed accurately and efficiently
  9. What is your most treasured possession?
    My children
  10. Do you have any hidden talents?
    Just a little […]

By | November 17th, 2017|News / Promos|0 Comments
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