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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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The Construction Industry’s Transformation to Manufacturing Workflows and BIM

Thu Mar 7, 2019

The construction industry has long taken advantage of prebuilt components, from prehung doors to prefabbed roof trusses. But the latest trend is to apply manufacturing workflows to larger standardized and custom components, with digital modeling empowering factory-built bespoke components.

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

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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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Vertex Systems — 30 Years of BIM Innovation

Thu Nov 15, 2018

We often focus the success of new partners, showcasing how Spatial helped with bringing a new product to market. But that focus overlooks the importance of the benefits and results of a decades-long partnership. It is time to celebrate nearly 30 years of market leadership of one of our oldest customers and the partnership that helped build it.

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

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Design and Manufacture Move Closer Together

Wed Oct 18, 2017

There is a new wave of innovative processes and solutions that improve product production throughput, and enable once-impossible product creation.  Advances such as model-based design (MBD), additive manufacturing (3D printing), pervasive engineering simulation, and robotics are making it possible to streamline the product development process, reduce cost of production, and accelerate time to market.

Tags: 3D Software Development Kits 3D Modeling Additive Manufacturing

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Healing and Preserving 3D Model Intent

Tue Aug 23, 2016

Part and parcel with model-based engineering is model translation. Because the model is now the specification, accurate translation from one system to another becomes essential. But even if a model is accurately read, the intent of the model has to also be properly interpreted. Key to proper model interpretation is healing — the process of modifying model data so that it conforms to the rules of the target system, while adhering to the intent of the source.

Tags: 3D InterOp 3D Software Development Kits 3D ACIS 3D Modeling

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The Impact of 3D Modeling on Airway Splints and Stents

Mon Jun 13, 2016

We have written about the growing role of 3D modeling and printing in medical applications before, and its impact on improving people’s lives. But this technology holds ever greater promise in enabling life-saving procedures.

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Rapid 2016 – 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Event

Tue May 31, 2016

On May 15-19, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers held their annual RAPID event — the longest-running, additive manufacturing conference in North America. I attended the show last year, so I was surprised at how much the focus of the show had changed. Last year, there were many more personal 3D printers and applications targeting the hobbyist. On display were items such as wearable 3D-printed dresses and shoes, and home 3D-printers for less than $500.  The focus of the show this year shifted significantly and was more on commercial/production solutions — high-end 3D printers with an emphasis on production environments and business-related applications.  Perhaps this shift in the show is an indicator of where the industry is heading.

Tags: 3D Modeling Additive Manufacturing

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Whither 3D Modeling

Tue May 10, 2016

The term disruptive technology is often overused (and typically just marketing hype), but there are some technologies that evolve over time, having an ever increasing impact on our lives. 3D Modeling is one such technology, often unseen by the public, but changing the way products and systems are designed. Some industries such as aviation could not dream of returning to a world of 2D drawings. But other industries have been slower to adopt the technology, or have limited its rollout.

Tags: 3D Software Development Kits 3D Modeling Additive Manufacturing

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