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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.

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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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Top 5 Ways Additive Manufacturing OEMs Can Decrease Costs

Thu Dec 20, 2018

It is a competitive world out there, and additive manufacturing (AM) OEMs face pressures like all manufacturers do when it comes to differentiating their products from their competitors.

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Features of the Most Effective APIs for 3D Visualization in Manufacturing

Thu Oct 25, 2018

3D visualization is the process of using 3D visuals to analyze designs or scenarios.

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Leverage 3D Visualization to Improve Your Manufacturing Processes

Wed Oct 10, 2018

3D visualization -- interchangeably used with 3D modeling, 3D graphics, 3D rendering and computer-generated imaging (CGI) -- is basically the use of 3D images to analyze designs.

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Why Does Anyone Need Polyhedral Formats?

Fri Jul 6, 2018

Following the design and analysis phase, computer aided design (CAD) files are usually converted into polyhedra file formats for preparation and manufacturing in 3D printers. STL (STereoLithography or Standard Tessellation Language) is the most common polyhedra file format, having originally been developed to translate CAD files into a readable format for 3D printers in 1987.

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What are SLDPRT & SLDASM files and How are They Used in Additive Manufacturing?

Thu Jul 5, 2018

Since launching in 1995, SolidWorks has emerged as a widely adopted computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided engineering (CAE) suite. In fact, as of March 2016 SolidWorks had captured 32% of the CAD market, making it the leading CAD suite in use.

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Why Your Apps Should Move to Support SLDPRT

Fri Jun 29, 2018

Since its introduction in the 1980s, IGES (short for “Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) was the main computer aided design (CAD) format used for enabling the sharing of CAD files.

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How to Fully Leverage CAD in the Additive Manufacturing Process

Thu Jun 28, 2018

The main phases involved in additive manufacturing are that of design and the manufacturing process. Practically, the design work is done on a computer aided design (CAD) suite such as SolidWorks (and others), while the physical production phase - i.e. 3D printing - is facilitated by exporting the CAD file (e.g. SLDPRT) to STL, a format that can be read by 3D printers.

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Innovative Uses of Additive Manufacturing

Tue Jun 19, 2018

The use of additive manufacturing is growing in high-tech industries. According to the market research firm MarketsandMarkets (M&M), 3D printer production and additive manufacturing outputs grew in value to $3.5 billion in 2017. The leading adopters of additive manufacturing were the medical devices, aerospace and automotive industries.

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