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Managing Data for Today’s Additive Manufacturing Workflow

Wed Oct 2, 2019

As manufacturers begin to rely more and more on additive manufacturing (AM), moving from a few select piece parts that are 3D printed, to hundreds of assemblies in complex systems, a cohesive methodology is needed to manage this transition and associated workflows. Companies have tried to deal with these complexities and challenges with point and home-grown solutions, trying to adapt legacy systems to the new reality.

Tags: 3D Modeling Additive Manufacturing 3D Interoperability 3D Data

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VoxelDance Makes Additive Manufacturing Data Do the Samba

Thu Sep 19, 2019

To the uninitiated, 3D printing may seem a simple process — download your CAD file and hit print. But the world of additive manufacturing is more complex. A manufacturer will have to contend with a range of data formats of varying quality (especially if a manufacturer is having to deal with multiple subcontractors for an assembly). This data needs to be correctly translated, made watertight, and made manufacturable — all while retaining design intent. Then a manufacturer needs to combine as many parts as possible to minimize both print time as well as wasted material.

Tags: 3D Modeling Additive Manufacturing 3D Interoperability Manufacturing & Fabrication 3D Data

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Clashing Geometry in BIM Datasets

Mon Nov 26, 2018

 A major benefit of constructing a building virtually is the cost savings gained by identifying errors in the design before they are found on site. One of the more common errors that can be avoided is when two objects overlap in space or clash. For example a beam that should stop at a wall may have been wrongly dimensioned so that when placed on site, it passes through the wall. Right through or only partly through, either way it is very costly to fix if it is only identified as the wall is being built .

Tags: 3D Modeling Manufacturing & Fabrication Building Information Modeling (BIM) 3D Data

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The Importance of CAD Files in Manufacturing

Fri Aug 10, 2018

3D computer-aided design (CAD) files are integral to today’s manufacturing processes. On the surface, the idea is sound: an engineering team will design a part and, in turn, will send the necessary 3D CAD files to the manufacturer to produce the part.

Tags: 3D Data

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How Poor 3D Data Translation Can Derail Project Timelines and Costs

Fri Aug 10, 2018

To manufacture a design, the engineering or design team must send its computer-aided design (CAD) files to the manufacturer. In turn, the manufacturer would rely on the CAD file to feed its machining (subtractive) or 3D printers (additive) systems, which would produce the part.

Tags: 3D Data

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